Duc Son Orphanage, Hue
The Duc Son Orphanage near Hue in Central Vietnam is home to around 200 orphaned children. Some were abandoned at birth, other children are from families too poor to support them. Some of the children lost their parents in Central Vietnam's many devastating floods. Traffic accidents and infectious diseases also add to the number of children in need of a home and support.
All of the children at the orphanage have experienced hardship and trauma in their lives (Our Stories).
The key word is 'home'. The nuns and volunteer helpers, under the guidance of head nun Nha Su Thich Nu Minh Tu, have spared no effort in creating a real home where the children are safe, cared for and loved.
A country market near Hue, Central Vietnam.
_Despite its growing economy, Vietnam is still a poor country. The average weekly wage is around $50 and the country is ranked 166th in the world in terms of
GDP per capita. In November 2011 inflation was heading for 20%.
A 2010 UNICEF report noted that at least 20% of Vietnamese children under the age of 5 are malnourished. In 2008 it was estimated that 22% of Vietnam's people live below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. Spending on social welfare is very limited. Vietnam has around 1 400 000 orphans. Care for these children generally falls to religious groups, NGOs and other charitable organizations.
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A Deserving Charity
This orphanage is widely respected as one of the best run homes for orphans in Vietnam. The orphanage aims to develop self reliance and the confidence for the children to successfully make their own way in the world.
But, the rising cost of food, petrol and other essential items puts a tremendous strain on the orphanage's limited resources and its ability to cater for the needs of 200 people from babies to young adults.
Your donations keep the orphanage functioning, continuing its invaluable work in giving a home to deprived and traumatized kids.
You can be confident that your donation goes directly to the Duc Son Orphanage management committee, the people who need it and use it for the benefit of the children.