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Hoa Binh Program Area

Hoa Binh is a northwestern mountainous province of Vietnam. The province has a diverse population with 65% coming from Muong and the rest from Kinh (Viet), Thai, Dao, Tay, Hoa and H’mong.

When beginning our community development programs in Hoa Binh the socio economic conditions were challenging. According to ChildFund’s basic survey results conducted in 1997, the poverty rate was as high as 32%. There was a critical need for water and sanitation facilities in the communities.

Preschools and primary schools in the project communes were in poor conditions. The quality of local healthcare was poor due to low understanding of the local people, shortages of human resources and poor facilities. The result was a high rate of infant mortality and malnutrition in children underfive and a high rate of preventable diseases.

Due to the mountainous and hilly geographic conditions, most communes do not have much land for farming and need to make the most of each season and piece of land. Households in the project areas can traditionally produce as much food as their need for 8-9 months of a year. During the months in between crops, many household are severely affected by food shortages, which leads to unstable life quality of the local people in general and children in particular.

Some of the challenges that children and people in Hoa Binh are facing include:

  • Lack of understanding about child safety
  • Ineffectiveness of child protection system due to lack of human resources and low competency
  • Low capacity to carry out public healthcare services to mothers and children under five
  • Inadequate access to sanitation facilities and practice

Projects that ChildFund is supporting in the area:

  • ChildFund Swipe Safe
  • Women Economic Empowerment
  • Improving Child Protection Effectiveness
  • WASH for All
  • Taking care of Mother and Child
  • Quality Education for Ethnic Minority Children

Stories From Our Program aresas

Hien’s journey of independence at the semi-boarding school

Hien’s journey of independence at the semi-boarding school

Hien is a Dao ethnic girl born and raised in Ngan Son district, Bac Kan province. Hien’s parents and two…
Hien’s journey of independence at the semi-boarding school
Technology application: A breakthough in child protection

Technology application: A breakthough in child protection

“Every year, the National Child Helpline receives and supports over 500 thousand calls. Despite considerable efforts, the processing of requests,…
Technology application: A breakthough in child protection
Meet Ngoc, a young woman with disability weaving her own dreams in Cao Bang province

Meet Ngoc, a young woman with disability weaving her own dreams in Cao Bang province

When Ngoc was two years old, she got sick with a high fever that led to full-body seizures. Life changed…
Meet Ngoc, a young woman with disability weaving her own dreams in Cao Bang province
Supporting students’ jump to primary school

Supporting students’ jump to primary school

A mix of excitement, nerves and sometimes tears – for many parents, schools and students, it can be hard to…
Supporting students’ jump to primary school
Dedication of a youth in ensuring child safety in the digital world

Dedication of a youth in ensuring child safety in the digital world

Sixteen-year-old Hong, from Hoa Binh, is a confident spokesperson. He represents his peers at youth events and forums, and speaks…
Dedication of a youth in ensuring child safety in the digital world
Empowering Parents, Nurturing Children

Empowering Parents, Nurturing Children

Twin sisters Lan and Hoa were born in 2019 in Vietnam. Since birth, they were malnourished and underweight. Their mother,…
Empowering Parents, Nurturing Children