Project Helps LGBT Youths in Southern Localities

Activities have been held under a project for LGBT children and teens in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho City, and An Giang province, helping them access educational, health care, and social services.

“The project provided the gender diversities knowledge, enable a safe environment for LGBT+ youths, which helped them to explore themselves and orient their development in the future,” shared Dang Quoc Phong – Leader of the S-Red CBOs group in Can Tho City at a closing workshop “LGBT children and youth in Vietnam have access to education, health, and social services."

At the meeting to close the project. Photo: Save the Children in Vietnam

According to the estimate of the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE), about 600,000 LGBT youths and children experienced severe hostility at home, in their community, and in society, exposing them to risks of mental stress, homelessness, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, violence, and poverty among others.

From 2019 to 2022, sponsored by the Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity (FRI) and its partner, Save the Children implemented the project “LGBT children and youth in Vietnam have access to education, health, and social services” in three locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho City, and An Giang province.

After four years of implementation, the project has achieved many positive impacts for LGBT+ youths, which reached more than 1,112 LGBT+ youths and 1523 professional social workers, medical staff, Women’s union officers, the Youth Unions, and government officers.

They had improved their capacity and changed points of view, expanded the network, and implemented many collaborative activities.

At a workshop on sharing experiences of local clubs of parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays (PFLAG) in Can Tho City. Photo: VNT

In addition, the project supported the development of friendly service models and non-discrimination environments for LGBT+ children and youth in psychological counseling centers, schools, and medical clinics.

Especially, with the establishment of the Network of Community-based Organizations (CBOs) in Mekong Delta – the first young LGBT+ community network in the region with clear regulations and orientation which included 12 CBOs from nine provinces in Mekong Delta actively worked and connected to contribute to development toward positive changes for LGBT+ children and youths.

At the workshop, Le Thi Thanh Huong, country director of Save the Children in Vietnam affirmed the ending of the project also opened up a new cooperative opportunity.

She believes that the long-term results will be continued to maintain and ensure children’s rights in Vietnam, including LGBT+ children.

(vietnamtimes.org.vn)