HCM City supporting family development in field of child care, protection and education

A seminar held in Ho Chi Minh city marked the end of Project 360, a 9-year project that helped many vulnerable families and youths to overcome their difficulties and find long-term solutions to lift them out of poverty.

Illustrative image. Photo: VNA

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (DOLISA) organized the final conference of the project 360: “Supporting family development in the field of child care, protection and education in HCMC”, which was implemented by Planete Enfants & Developpement (PE&D) and the city's Social Work Center for Children (CTSE) from August 2017 to April 2020 (due to COVID-19, the project was extended until August).

With the support of local authorities, the project opened two social center in District 9 and Tan Phu District. Throughout these three years of fieldwork, the social centers became trusted places in the communities where families in need could access services and support as well as ask for help to solve their difficulties related to education, health, legal and administration procedure, etc.

Thanks to international and local partners such as Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF), 38 Tu Xuong Center, HCM City Association for Protection of Children's Rights (HACRP), Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD), etc. various activities have been organized to support vulnerable families in District 9, Tan Phu District and nearby areas, such as: scholarship distribution for more than 200 students, monthly health check-up for children under 5 years old (nearly 3000 times of children every year), nutrition distribution for more than 100 children, food package distribution for up to 70 families affected by COVID-19, etc. Besides, through informative and awareness-raising activities, the beneficiaries’ families gained more knowledge and information to proactively solve their own difficulties.

The project between PE&D and CTSE ended in August 2020. However, the model of social center created during this project will be taken over by local partners so that it will support more families in the future. Even though PE&D transferred the project to its local partners, PE&D will continue to provide technical support to the social centers when needed.

PE&D also took the opportunity to present its manual during this seminar. During the nine years of the 360 Project, PE&D developed a “Manual of social center operation” compiling all good practices and methodology to support vulnerable families. The manual was presented and shared with all the relevant stakeholders present at the seminar.

This seminar marked the end of Project 360, a nine-year project that helped many vulnerable families and youths to overcome their difficulties and find long-term solutions to lift them out of poverty. Even though this project ended, PE&D will continue its work in the vulnerable communities of HCMC through the Hy Vong (Hope) project or the ECD (Early Childhood Development) project.

HCM City is home to more than 2 million children, including nearly 11,400 living in difficulties.

Tu Anh