On January 09th, 2018, in Hanoi, Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs held the 30th anniversary ceremony of establishment of SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam. Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh presented first-class Labor Order to the SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam at a ceremony. Attending the ceremony were Minister of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs, Honorable President of SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam, Dao Ngoc Dung; Deputy Minister of MOLISA, President of SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam, Dao Hong Lan, Mr. Helmut Kutin, Honorary President of SOS Children’s Villages International, Mr.Siddhartha Kaul, President of SOS Children’s Villages International; representative of Autrian Embassy to Vietnam; representatives in relevant units; international organization on children and outstanding children of SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam…
At the event, Mr. Do Tien Dung, Country Director of SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam noticed that SOS Children’s Villages International has provided Vietnam with nearly USD 120 million to develop infrastructure in SOS villages in the past 30 years.
There are 5,969 children nursed in 17 villages across the country, 2,800 have grown up and landed stable jobs and some 3,100 others are being brought up in SOS villages, he said.
The organization has 12 SOS youth facilities, 12 Hermann Gmeiner vocational schools, 16 kindergartens, four vocational training centers and one medical center. Each year, its kindergartens and vocational schools receive about 13,000 students.
Particularly, its family strengthening programs have offered financial support for families to nurture and take care of orphan children while prevent children from being abandoned and falling into social vices.
Hailing the sound cooperation between Vietnam and the SOS Children’s Villages International in the past three decades, Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung, who is also Honorable President of SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam, affirmed that Vietnam always creates favorable conditions to carry out projects sponsored by the SOS Children’s Villages International. At the same time, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung asked the Vietnamese SOS village to seek effective measures to better off healthcare for children living in special circumstances and equip them with necessary skills and knowledge so that they can easily integrate into society. Moreover, it is necessary to open the financial supporting to the work of fostering and caring children in the community. It will help children with special circumstance cared and fostered and they can live with family or relatives. The Minister also said that, besides the effectively management and using of the fund from International SOS Village, it should work to further financial support for orphan children in society and raise fund from businesses, organizations and individuals.
In 1967, Vietnam became one of the first outside Europe to receive the SOS Children’s Villages International programs on care and support for children, young people and families. The programs were halted in mid-1970s and resumed in December 1987 after an agreement to that was reached.