Hai Phong

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

Hai Phong is one of Vietnam's largest cities and is located about 100 km east of Hanoi. Its proximity to Hanoi and its location on the coast makes Hai Phong an important commercial port in the North Central Coast Region. In the region 60% of inhabitants live off agriculture and 15% work in the service sector, but industry, construction and trade are also important. Although Hai Phong's economy is improving, there is a growing wealth disparity. Many people in the region continue to live in poverty.

Since 1996, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Hai Phong.

Living in cities are vulnerable to rising sea levels

Development and climate change

Rural to urban migration in Vietnam is increasing as people move to cities in search of new opportunities. In 2000, an estimated 18 million Vietnamese lived in cities, but this figure had risen to around 40 million in 2020. I In Hai Phong, like many other cities across the country, urban development has been unable to keep up with this growth in population. Families arriving in the city end up living in makeshift houses; in the majority of cases, they have no access to electricity, clean drinking water or sanitation facilities. Nationally, 75% of the urban population live in areas that are vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change. Families living in the coastal Hai Phong are increasingly vulnerable to climate change.

1 in 10
Children with disabilities are out of school

Out of school

Due to the harsh economic situation, many children do not go to school - it is estimated that 67% of children from low income backgrounds complete lower secondary and only 31% complete upper secondary school. Although every child has the right to education, access to education for the 1.3 million children with disabilities it is also not guaranteed: 1 in 10 do not attend secondary school. Schools are often unable to provide quality education to vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Your support makes a difference for children in Hai Phong

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.
Children and young people
Learn at our kindergarten and school, and attend trainings
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Children in our care grow up and spend a lot of time together. They very often form bonds that will last a lifetime (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam).

How your support helps in Hai Phong

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 training so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start their own 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.