Viet Tri

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

Viet Tri is located in Phu Tho province, and is approximately 80 km north-west of Hanoi and home to an estimated 410,000 people. The city of Viet Tri itself is an industrial centre, where many also work in the service industry. In spite of various government initiatives, many families in the northern Phu Tho province continue to live in poverty. Ethnic minorities and people living in rural areas are particularly affected. They often struggle to meet their basic needs in terms of food.

Since 1999, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Viet Tri.

Of children experience harsh discipline at home

Physical punishment

Many children in Vietnam receive harsh discipline from their caregivers, which can include psychological aggression and physical punishment. In a 2021 survey by UNICEF, more than seven in every ten children aged 1-14 years had subjected to at least one form of punishment in the previous month. This can be especially harmful at a young age, because there is an increased risk of physical injury and children cannot understand the reasons behind the abuse or adopt coping strategies. The consequences of violent discipline range from immediate effects to long-term damage that affect children through their childhood and into adulthood.

Of sex workers in Cambodia are Vietnamese

Human trafficking

Human trafficking is a problem throughout Vietnam and the northern province of Phu Tho, where Viet Tri is located, is no exception. People are trafficked both internally to other cities in Vietnam, but also across the borders to China and further afield. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation. Often, they are promised lucrative jobs, for example in a factory in a city, but end up being forced to work in the sex trade. It is estimated that one third of sex workers in neigbouring Cambodia are Vietnamese. When parents migrate, or are victims of human trafficking, their children are often left in the care of relatives.

Your support makes a difference for children in Viet Tri

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
Learning at home. We run kindergartens and school for children, and as they grow older young people can attend further training to prepare them to become independent (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam).

How your support helps in Viet Tri

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.