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Active Citizens

Program Goal: The goal of Active Citizens program is to build capacity and improve decision-making processes in community to encourage inclusion and collective action. 

According to ChildFund Australia’s definition of power , each individual has a sense of self-worth, resilience and confidence that can emerge from the process of empowerment to enable them to take actions and to shape their lives. Increasingly, they should have the ability to form collective strength to influence decisions.

In the communities where ChildFund Vietnam works, we have seen the commitment, energy and cooperation from people of different social groups. Ethnic minority communities and people living with disabilities are committed to advance their own and their children’s rights. Children and youth are also willing to participate in advancing their own rights. There is a lack of opportunity or mechanisms for those communities to recognise their potential strength and to voice issues that matter to them. The Active Citizens Program attempts to build and mobilize community knowledge and capacity to contribute to the development of the community.

Projects will be evidence based, using strategies including IEC activities, pilot initiatives, advocacy and networking to meet the following objectives:

  • Strengthen and promote the capacity of community and civil society to act for positive change.
  • Promoting women’s leadership in decision making processes at home and in the community.
  • Supporting people with disabilities to play a more active role in the community.

You can learn more about ChildFund’s Active Citizens’s initiatives in the Stories section of our website

Stories from our program areas

Canals pave the way for our production

Canals pave the way for our production

Nhung recalls her memory to share her farming in early 2000 when she’s just moved in to live with her…
Canals pave the way for our production
25 years creating positive changes for children and communities

25 years creating positive changes for children and communities

I made my first visit to Vietnam early in 2006, soon after I started as CEO of ChildFund Australia. Back…
25 years creating positive changes for children and communities
When schools flourish, all flourish

When schools flourish, all flourish

In the middle of a mountainous area in Tan Lac district, kilometres away from the main road, stands the new…
When schools flourish, all flourish
ChildFund Pass It Back Coach Ha uses her skills to protect her community

ChildFund Pass It Back Coach Ha uses her skills to protect her community

Ha is a ChildFund Pass It Back coach in Hoa Binh, Vietnam, and a trained community-based health officer at her…
ChildFund Pass It Back Coach Ha uses her skills to protect her community
Mobilising parents and teachers for child-friendly schools

Mobilising parents and teachers for child-friendly schools

Ly has been working as the head master of Ha Vi preschool since 2008. She stops sweeping in order to…
Mobilising parents and teachers for child-friendly schools
Out of the house and onto the pitch

Out of the house and onto the pitch

For many young girls and women living in rural Vietnam, participation in sport is unheard of – particularly after marriage…
Out of the house and onto the pitch