Population:87.85 millionLiteracy Rate:93%Religion: Buddhist (9.3%) Roman Catholic (6.7%)

Salesian Missions in Vietnam is giving impoverished children and families opportunities that are typically only available to the middle and upper classes. In recent years, the country has experienced a widening gap between rich and poor, which has created tremendous obstacles and hardship for the most vulnerable members of society.

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Give Hope to Street Children

Since 1952, street children throughout Vietnam have been welcomed to Salesian Mission shelters.  In addition to receiving the basic necessities of food and shelter, children and youth learn to value themselves and their future.

Activities include tutoring, professional training, language and music classes and follow-up support.

“I want to show that a street kid is not as bad as many think.  I would like to rebuild my life,” says Hung, a 14-year-old boy staying at the Ho Chi Minh City’s Salesian Center.

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Teach Job Skills to Youth

In Vietnam, the gap between rich and poor is widening, according to UNICEF. 

One of the most effective ways to help close this gap is by providing education and job training to youth who might otherwise not have the opportunity.  Young adult girls take part in vocational training in computers, sewing and knitting, and wig making, a preferred skill.  As they learn skills, their children participate in literacy programs.  The training is targeted at girls who have left their rural homes to find work in the city to support their families.  In addition to training, the girls earn a salary – providing the first steps to an independent and stable life.
Anh is one of the students. She is pursuing training in dressmaking.  “For the first time, my future is so bright,” says Anh.  “Because of what I’m learning from the Sisters, I will be able to support my family and help them change their lives too.”

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