Da Nang

SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam).

Da Nang, located on the coast of the South China Sea, is an industrial, commercial, education, and tourist hub. It is the largest city in the region, with a rapidly growing population of over 1.1 million. This urbanization is mainly due to migration, as thousands come to the city each month in search of work. It is a city with a growing economy but increasing disparities and urban poverty.

Since 1993, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Da Nang.

Households are living in poverty

Urban poverty

Historically, the north and the south of the country have been more developed than the central region, but recent years have seen increased government efforts to bring about economic growth in the region where Da Nang is located. Progress has been made in reducing poverty and improving access to education and health care. However, despite these efforts, informal settlements continued to grow. Families live in substandard housing, with little access to basic services and infrastructure. Urban poverty is therefore on the rise: 5.5% of households in Da Nang, approximately 15,000 households, are living in poverty.

Work in the informal sector

Livelihoods and employment

Although unemployment is low, the majority of workers are engaged in informal work. More than 36 million people were in informal employment in 2020. This leaves tens of thousands of families incredibly vulnerable: labourers and entrepreneurs are not guaranteed access to public services, and their incomes are not secure. If the main breadwinner of the family loses their job, falls ill, or if natural disaster strikes, the family can rapidly experience hardships. Children and young people growing up in these families are especially at risk and require extra protection.

Your support makes a difference for children in Da Nang

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Children and young people
Learn at our kindergarten and school
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Children help out with basic cooking so that they can look after themselves when they live independently (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam).

How your support helps in Da Nang

Strengthening families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run trainings so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Providing quality education
SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children and young people have access to high-quality education. We help them learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. We train teachers on children’s rights and child-centered learning, so that each child can get the most out of their education. Young children spend time playing and learning at kindergarten. This prepares them for primary school.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.