Community Development Programs

ChildFund has five programs that will be implemented in the period of 2016-2020.

These programs are:

  1. Access to Quality Education
  2. Child Participation and Child Protection
  3. Youth Leadership and Resilience
  4. Active Citizens
  5. Healthy Communities

Through these five programs, ChildFund in Vietnam will work on ChildFund’s cross cutting themes of Access to Assets, Power, Protection and Voice and Agency.

Access to Quality Education

Goal: Children realise their right to quality education in a safe and stimulating learning environment.

Objectives and activities:

Learning at home and promoting ownership and engagement

  • Raising awareness of parents and care givers on child care and development, child poverty, participation, inclusive education and other cross cutting issues;
  • Establishing parents’ and child clubs;
  • Organising sport, cultural and social leisure activities;  

Advocacy at national, provincial and district levels

  • Supporting advocacy aimed at institutionalising the management processes, systems and teaching methods and technologies introduced by ChildFund in district, province and national level systems and policies.

Creating a Safe and Stimulating Environment

  • Supporting schools to establish and maintain school standards (based on the models introduced by ChildFund) of safety, child centered educational practices, planning and communication.

More information about our program approach and framework in 2014-2017 period can be found here

Child Participation and Child Protection

Goal: To help build communities in which children and youth are protected and they are able to participate, express their ideas and act on issues related to them.

Objectives and activities:

Improve child participation, their voice and agency

  • Fostering meaningful participation, child protection, basic child rights, voice and agency.

Increase child’s resilience especially in child protection

  • Working to increase children’s capacity to identify risks;
  • Developing life skills and engage in supportive and strengthening activities with their peers;
  • Building an environment where parents, relatives, teachers and other community members have the appropriate skills and knowledge to support children.

Develop capacity and links between communities and local authorities in child protection

  • Increasing the capacity of communities and local authorities, which enable the improvement of the existing mechanisms designed to protect children from child abuse, neglect, violence, exploitation and social risks. 

More information about our program approach and framework in 2014-2017 period can be found here

Youth Leadership and Resilience

Goal: To build youth’s ability and competencies to exercise and promote healthy communities.

Objectives and activities:

To gain skills and knowledge necessary to build their leadership and life skills

  • Working with youth so they betterunderstand and access vocational opportunities available to them to help them plan for their future;
  • Supporting youth to access, understand and act on laws and policies related to them.

Build capacity to guide and influence others

  • Community development projects to be identified, led and/or monitored by youth;
  • Building confidence for youth to act as leaders in the community; developing their presentation, teamwork, analysis and planning skills;
  • Developing youth technica understanding on WASH and public health issues in the community.

Develop a supportive environment for youth-led innovations and enable community members to access a full range of assets.

  • Building systems in families and communities to access assets (WASH, health services);
  • Fostering youth-led projects to mobilise resources to promote healthy community/ social economic development;
  • Engaging the Youth League and other youth supporting agencies in sharing their policy/workplan/agenda for supporting youth and design new ideas and initiatives for action.

Active Citizens

Goal: To build capacity and improve decision making processes in community to encourage inclusion and collective action.

Objectives and activities:

Strengthening and promoting the development of civil society for positive change

  • Developing the capacity of civil society;
  • Supporting community actions and initiatives.

Promoting women’s leadership in decision making processes at home and in the community

  • Developing knowledge and understanding on gender equality in the community;
  • Supporting economic empowerment for women including balanced workloads and the development of economic opportunities such as marketing and business networking.

Supporting people with disabilities to be more visible in the community

  • Raising awareness of disabilities, inclusion, integration and independence;
  • Supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the development of local policies and plans.

Healthy Communities

Goal: To improve equity in maternal and child health, reduce risks to human health, promote healthy lifestyles and respond to health determinants.


Objectives and activities:

Enhance the availability and quality of maternal and child health services

  • Improve the technical capacity and skills of health workers in providing health services for women and children, priority on first 1000 days of Child’s life healthcare.
  • Assist the medical facilities necessary to provide quality health services.
  • Support the implementation of effective health and medical technique management models: IMCI, Total patient care, quality patient safety management, Child Friendly health-care model.

Improve water quality in the household and school

  • Building and upgrading water infrastructure and water tanks to households and schools.
  • Support of natural water collection technologies, technology / methods of water treatment in households.
  • Support the establishment of water management models for water and sanitation ensuring autonomy and sustainability.

Improve sanitation in the household

  • Support for the construction of hygienic latrines, such as low cost, hygienic latrines, social marketing models.
  • Support the establishment of household waste management and disposal models.
  • Community pioneer in positive health behavior
  • Assist the community to develop and implement initiatives for priority health behaviors.
  • Access to Community-wide sanitation managed by the community.
  • Prevention of child diseases at the household level: Provide knowledge on prevention and care of common diseases such as diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, fever, and basic hygiene.
  • Positive health behaviors: regular antenatal care, hand washing of soap, proper use of condoms and dental care.