Three Blue Dragon kids living in the provinces were treated to…
IN VIETNAM, BLUE DRAGON HAS:
- Sent 4,048 kids to school & training
- Provided shelter to 292 girls & boys
- Served 409,383 meals
- Built 82 homes for families
- Distributed 39,587 litres of milk
- Handed out 59,714 kilos of rice
- Reunited 320 runaways with their families
- Taken 1,316 kids for health checks
- Put 7 teens through drug rehab
- Obtained legal papers for 7,962 people
- Rescued 542 trafficked children
- Placed 207 teens in jobs
- Played 2,012 games of soccer!
This is not a story without hope; I just don’t know the ending yet. The one thing for sure is that Sanh doesn’t have to live in an abandoned concrete box any more, and nor does he have to live on the streets of the city. Hope for Sanh begins today.
These days the concept of ‘paying it forward’ is well known, but it can more simply be the idea of someone being obliged to volunteer or donate after they have received help to get back on their feet.
While entire political systems behave like untamed goats, the kids of Blue Dragon chose to organise, focus, and learn something new. It would be easy at this time to feel despair about our future. There’s plenty going wrong. But there’s plenty going right, too; and if we take a moment to reflect, much of the hope for our world rests in our young.
The children should never have been trafficked in the first place. Their families should never have had to make the decision to send away their children; they should never have had to face such hardship that this could even seem like a reasonable thing to do.
When I first met ‘Tan’, he was living wild on the streets of Hanoi. I don’t know if anybody had ever cared for him before; every instinct of his body was about survival.
Just as parents feel the mix of joy and sorrow when their own children start becoming independent and move away from home, my team and I are in a perpetual flux with new kids coming in and – albeit much more slowly – the older kids heading out.