30 April 2015

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has just brought home a young Vietnamese woman, “Hong”, who was trafficked to China 8 years ago, aged 16. She’s been through an horrific ordeal, traded between brothels and never believing she would make it home again. But today Hong is back in her mother’s house just outside Hanoi, filled with both fear and anticipation for the future. The road to recovery is long and uncertain, but Hong has a chance now that she never thought possible. In a world of crisis and disaster, there is still reason to hope.
(Photo below shows “Hong” last night crossing between China and Vietnam in an official handover between police).

> Read more about Blue Dragon’s trafficking work

28 April 2015

It’s Hung Kings’ Day, a national holiday throughout Vietnam. Blue Dragon kids are enjoying the day off, happy to have a chance to just play and relax!

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28 April 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A 4000km round trip to rescue a 13 year old girl from trafficking.

27 April 2015

The Great Minsk Charity Rally departs Hanoi on May 15 for a 3 day “Northern Exposure” journey. Have an awesome time riding through Vietnam while raising money to help local kids. Sign up soon!

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26 April 2015

Today was the launch of a special 10-week training program at Blue Dragon, teaching youth who want to learn to care for others. The course teaches young people from disadvantaged backgrounds what it means to be a Social Worker and how to help others in need. This morning’s class focused on the difference between ‘Charity’ and ‘Social Work’. Next week, we will discuss what attitudes and values Social Workers need when helping others.

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23 April 2015

If you’re in Hanoi this Saturday, head over to Al Frescos at 24 Quang An for breakfast (7-11am) or lunch (12.30-2.30pm). To mark ANZAC Day, they’re generously donating 20% of their profits to Blue Dragon. Book early to ensure you get a table – it will be a big day! joshua@alfrescosgroup.com

More Blue Dragon events

20 April 2015

Blue Dragon and UNIS Hanoi have been working together to help a family improve their income and their health. Just 30km from Hanoi, the family of 4 has been struggling since the death of their father in 2005. With some helping hands and the knowledge of the UNIS gardeners, we’ve built up their vegetable patch, fenced it in, and planted the first of many seedlings. A days’ worth of work will keep this family eating well for many months to come, and they should even have some vegies left over to sell at the local market!

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19 April 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: Momentum is building for a major revision of the law.

17 April 2015

For 2 years, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been dealing with the issue of street boys being sexually abused by pedophile rings in Hanoi. Today we took a major step in the search for justice: a conference with the Vietnamese Police Academy to address the shortcomings of the law on child protection. Until the penal code is reformed, boys cannot be safe from abuse. We’ll keep on working with children, families, communities and police to do all we can to protect Vietnam’s vulnerable children.

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16 April 2015

The Blue Dragon kids have been learning how to handle money, with some help from our friends at ANZ Vietnam. ANZ’s ‘Money Minded’ course trained 25 teens at the Blue Dragon centre to plan for their future needs and to make their money last through careful planning. Best of all, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and went home with some new ideas!

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15 April 2015

Great news: After 8 months of being held as a slave in China, “Q” has now crossed the border back to Vietnam, accompanied by Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team. Q was sold into a forced marriage against her will, but made contact with Blue Dragon and was set free just days ago. Soon she will be reunited with her family, and we hope she can start a new life of freedom.

> Read more about Blue Dragon’s trafficking work

14 April 2015

Tonight the Blue Dragon Rescue Team is preparing to help a trafficked Vietnamese woman back across the border from China. “Q” is a young mother who was lured to China 8 months ago on the promise of steady employment but was instead sold into a forced marriage. When it dawned on her tonight that she really is going to see her family again, she burst into a flood of tears. This is a young woman who has had a severely traumatic experience, but has never lost the will to get back home.

> Read more about Blue Dragon’s trafficking work

13 April 2015

Quoc was 12 years old and living in rural Bac Ninh province, 2 hours north of Hanoi. He had a difficult life, growing up in poverty with a very ill mother. Quoc appeared to be a normal, healthy child but he had suffered a brain aneurysm in Grade 2 and never fully recovered.

He passed away in a local hospital having had a stroke in his sleep.

Despite his poor health and difficult family circumstances, Quoc did well at school, even receiving certificates of excellence for his studies, and he loved football. He was studying Grade 7 with support from Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, dreaming of a better life ahead.

> Full story on the Blue Dragon Blog

12 April 2015

A common misconception about street kids is that they are all orphans and have no families. While most street kids may be separated from their families, perhaps by abandonment or neglect, there is nearly always an aunty, uncle, or grandparent, if not a parent, who can be found. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation works with family members as well as kids, aiming to rebuild fractured relationships and enable families to care for each other. Our recent training day for families and carers was a great opportunity to teach parenting skills while having lots of laughs and sharing personal stories along the way.

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10 April 2015

Rally Indochina has been riding through Vietnam to raise money for the fight against child trafficking. At times along the way the riders leave their Soviet-era Urals behind and set off where even motorbikes cannot go!

9 April 2015

American friends! Your donations to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation USA are fully tax deductible.

8 April 2015

Circus, DJ, and Streets Arts classes are teaching the Blue Dragon kids skills for life, as well as employment.

7 April 2015

Rally Indochina 2015 is underway! The riders dropped by Blue Dragon this morning for breakfast, and will soon be on the road to Hoi An. As well as having an amazing journey, the money they have raised will be used to fight child trafficking in Vietnam.

6 April 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: For children escaping slavery and abuse, the trauma continues long after the crisis has ended.

6 April 2015

Smoking is a major health issue in Vietnam, with 100 people dying daily from smoking-related diseases. And smokers start young: it is quite common to see children as young as 12 puffing on a cigarette. At Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, we are starting an education campaign for our teens to teach kids about the dangers of smoking, and help them to quit. Our efforts have started small, but we hope to reach more children and youth over time and get out the message that smoking is unhealthy.

5 April 2015

Even Bluey has been enjoying some chocolate this weekend! Happy Easter to all our friends around the world.

3 April 2015

Fifteen year old Linh has just returned home, after being trafficked to China to work as slave labour. Linh escaped his captors and was brought back to the border of Vietnam by a friendly stranger, where Blue Dragon picked him up and brought him home. Linh has had a very long and frightening journey, and is now relieved to finally be back with his family.

3 April 2015

Enjoying a long weekend? Take an hour to listen to Blue Dragon’s founder, Michael Brosowski, talking with Richard Fidler about Vietnam, human trafficking, and the hope for better days ahead.

1 April 2015

In recent days, Blue Dragon has reunited 2 homeless boys with their families in rural Vietnam. Many children leave home and come to the cities, but sometimes can return with a little counselling and support. Reunions often involve long journeys to remote communities; our staff snapped this photo of the road home last week. Fortunately, the journey in this case was worthwhile; the family and their son are now happily back together.

31 March 2015

Blue Dragon has published a FREE manual on how to prevent human trafficking to sweatshops, and how to rescue children who have already been trafficked. It’s available to download from our website, and we are running training sessions with community members and officials in the districts around Vietnam that are hardest-hit by trafficking. Everywhere we go, we find people can’t put it down. The hunger to stop human trafficking is very real, and we believe that together we can make a difference!

29 March 2015

Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team has been working through the weekend on some important cases. ‘Luan’, the young mother trafficked to China, has just been reunited with her 2 infant children. A 15 year old girl who was lured into China and sold to a sex ring was rescued on Saturday, and is now back in Vietnam. And a tip-off has led us to rescuing 6 ethnic minority people who were en route to China where they were to be sold into slave labour and the sex trade.

29 March 2015

A big THANK YOU to Blue Dragon supporter Jaki, who raised over £600 with her wonderful Papaya Verte Supper Club in Norwich, UK. Jaki and her dedicated team of volunteers cooked up a Vietnamese feast for their 24 diners, who enjoyed classics such as pho bo and summer rolls. Thanks to Jaki, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will be serving up healthy meals for hungry street kids in Hanoi! Visit our events page to check out our upcoming events.

28 March 2015

Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team yesterday brought home a young Vietnamese mother, ‘Luan’, who had been trafficked and sold into China last year. Today, Luan is recovering in a safe house and receiving the love and care she needs. She will soon work with police to see her traffickers arrested. Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support!

28 March 2015

There’s a lot of great action in support of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation this weekend! The Ngaio Book Fair is taking place today in New Zealand, and a 42km walk will be held tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia. Be sure to check the Blue Dragon website for info on coming events – including a concert in Sydney on Easter Monday and motorbike rides through Vietnam in April and May. There are many ways to get involved!

27 March 2015

HAPPENING NOW: Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team has just brought back to Vietnam a young woman who was sold as a bride into China late last year. A mother of 2 infants, “Luan” was lured across the border on the pretext of a business trip, and then taken against her will. She was threatened with being sold to work on a fishing boat if she did not submit to her new husband, who paid $15,000 to ‘own’ her.

Desperate to return home to her children, Luan found a way to call for help. Blue Dragon passed information on to the Chinese police who set her free, and today we have walked her across the border. Tonight she will be reunited with her children, and Blue Dragon will work with Vietnamese authorities to ensure her traffickers are arrested.

26 March 2015

With summer arriving in northern Vietnam, the Blue Dragon kids are heading to pools to learn to swim. Over 30 children drown in Vietnam every day; teaching water safety is a serious task with a powerful impact.

26 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: Despite extraordinary difficulties, Vietnamese kids show resilience time and again.

25 March 2015

Listen in to Blue Dragon’s founder, Michael Brosowski, being interviewed by Adam Shand on Radio 6PR.

25 March 2015

The Blue Dragon Hip Hop Crew took to the stage over the weekend, performing at the UNIS Hanoi Spring Fair. It’s fantastic to see the kids shine like this: just a year ago, dance was completely new to them, but through lessons and practice they have grown in confidence and developed their own style. They have so much to be proud of!

24 March 2015

This time last week, 7 year old ‘Thu’ was being held by a family in China, having been kidnapped from her family in Vietnam and sold across the border. Since the Blue Dragon Rescue Team brought her home last Tuesday, Thu has been reunited with her family… and now she’s back at school! Thu has shown remarkable bravery and character. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will keep supporting Thu and her community to make sure children in their area are safe from traffickers and do not have to fear that this will happen again. Full story on the blog.

23 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: “There really is something we can do, if only we make the effort.”

22 March 2015

Blue Dragon’s role in the fight against human trafficking has made the headlines:

March 2015

Get ready, New Zealand! The annual Blue Dragon Book Fair is coming up on Saturday March 28 in Ngaio. Be sure to arrive early for this important and popular event!

21 March 2015

April is the month for Grade 12 students throughout Vietnam to choose which university or college course to join once they complete high school. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been running workshops in rural areas with over 500 students to help them think about their future, and encourage them to aim high!

20 March 2015

In recent weeks Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been involved in the rescue of almost 60 children and young adults from slavery and trafficking. But we also go to great lengths to prevent kids from being trafficked in the first place. This week we trained 241 community members and officials to detect possible trafficking situations and intervene, using our recently-published handbook. It’s encouraging to see the strong interest from all community members in protecting their kids from human traffickers.

19 March 2015

7 year old ‘Thi’, rescued on Tuesday night by Blue Dragon after being kidnapped and sold to China, has just spent her first night at home after 2 terrifying weeks. Thi has told the police all she knows, and the trafficker has been detained. We now know that Thi was sold for $750. It seems the family in China who bought her saw this as a short-cut to adoption – but many details are still unclear.

19 March 2015

Tonight’s major event in Melbourne will raise money to build a boarding home for ethnic minority students in Vietnam. Kids who drop out of school are the most likely to get trafficked; tonight we will do our bit together to keep kids safe. Join with Blue Dragon and Roll’d. Vietnamese Street Food to make a lasting impact.

18 March 2015

BREAKING NEWS: The Blue Dragon Rescue Team has just rescued a 7 year old H’mong girl, kidnapped and sold into China. Full story on the blog.

17 March 2015

Extreme poverty and the lack of decent education facilities mean many kids in Vietnam end up living on the streets or are trafficked into slavery. In partnership with Rolld. Vietnamese Street Food, Blue Dragon is raising $150,000 to build a boarding home for 150 ethnic minority students in remote Dien Bien province. You can donate using our fundraising page. Donations are tax free to Australian tax payers.

16 March 2015

Home at last: 16 year old Sung, the Vietnamese boy trafficked to China, has just been reunited with his family. Sung is from northern Vietnam, and lives with his mother and 5 brothers; their father died 3 years ago. Sung, in the white shirt, has been through a terrible ordeal, but is fortunate to have escaped his traffickers and made it home. Blue Dragon staff are with him in his village this morning to work with his mother and local officials, and to re-enroll him in school. More details of the story are the Blue Dragon blog.

15 March 2015

The Blue Dragon United soccer players have been trying something completely new: Gaelic Football! And this weekend, the U13 team won its first ever game in a tournament. No wonder they’re jumping for joy!

14 March 2015

Here’s an update on ‘Dinh’, a boy from central Vietnam. Before Christmas we shared that Dinh couldn’t get the smile off his face after earning a place in a training program at a French bakery. Three months into his ‘pre-training’, Dinh has earned the respect of the bakery owner who praises his ‘can do’ attitude and has given him baking responsibilities, including making these great bread rolls.

The on-the-job training is also helping his studies, bringing maths to life as he measures the ingredients. Well done Dinh!

13 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A Vietnamese boy trafficked to China escapes, and his story raises fears of a new danger.

12 March 2015

CASE UPDATE: In October last year, Blue Dragon came across a terrible case of a 14 year old disabled boy, ‘T’, in central Vietnam who had been beaten and raped by a neighbour. With support from friends around the world, we paid T’s hospital bills, helped his family through the recovery, and provided legal advocacy to ensure justice.

This week, T’s attacker faced court and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. While this punishment is very low by international standards, the fact that the attacker went to court at all is a major achievement; in Vietnam, the sexual abuse of boys is not yet against the law. Your support for T and Blue Dragon in this case means we can continue advocating to the government to reform the child protection law, and ensure that kids like T will be better protected in future.

12 March 2015

The Blue Dragon Rescue Team sends a big THANK YOU to all our friends who have sent their support in the past week, following the rescues of 56 Vietnamese people being trafficked to China. All 56 are back in their homes now, and we are planning to work with their communities that this kind of deception cannot take place again.

11 March 2015

Follow the link to listen in to a discussion about human trafficking on Australia’s Radio National this morning with Blue Dragon’s founder, Michael Brosowski.

11 March 2015

Australian supporters! On Thursday, 19 March, Rolld Australia will proudly partner with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to present 150 for 150, the night Melbourne comes together to raise $150,000 to house 150 of Vietnam’s most vulnerable kids.

You’re invited to the Bond Bar in Melbourne to enjoy cocktails, the best Vietnamese street eats around, door raffle prizes and silent auctions with a secret celebrity auctioneer to boot.Ticket price $60 per head with all proceeds going to Blue Dragon.

Having heard and witnessed the amazing work Blue Dragon has been doing to rescue kids and reunite families in Vietnam, Rolld was compelled to join their cause and form a partnership that will help create life-changing opportunities for children and young people.

Providing a safe place and then education are the first primary steps. Through the ‘Build a House’ campaign Rolld are committed to raising $150,000 to make this happen. The Rolld family are passionate about supporting the Blue Dragon family and we look forward to a long partnership to benefit the most vulnerable children in Vietnam. Donate to 150 for 150.

9 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A huge week at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, with 56 victims of human trafficking rescued, and 1 street kid reunited with his mother.

8 March 2015

UPDATE: Following the rescue of 16 victims of human trafficking being taken from Vietnam to China, police and Blue Dragon learned of two more buses with another 17 people, and were able to intervene. In total, 33 victims of trafficking were being taken to the border, including both children and young adults. All are now free and giving statements to police (pictured); the traffickers are in custody but more arrests will be made. Details to follow on the Blue Dragon Blog.

8 March 2015

IT’S DONE: Blue Dragon has spent the morning tracking a group of traffickers taking 16 children and young adults to China. As their bus (the grey mini-van, pictured) approached the Chinese border, Vietnamese police have swooped in and intervened. The traffickers are now in custody, and the 16 people set free. All are headed to the police station to give statements right now.

8 March 2015

HAPPENING NOW: Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team is in pursuit of a ring of traffickers taking ethnic minority children and young adults to China. This ring is likely related to the group we intercepted earlier in the week; they’ve been very clever in trying to hide their plans but we are still on their tail. More news to follow!

7 March 2015

Police are continuing to investigate the human trafficking ring that was caught yesterday taking 27 ethnic minority people to China. Their victims had no idea what they were destined for and are relieved to be safe. While all of this has been developing, the Blue Dragon team has also been training officials and community members in ethnic minority areas to prevent human trafficking, using the manual we published just last week:

6 March 2015

MASS TRAFFICKING RING ARRESTED: On Thursday morning, Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team received a tip-off from a community member that a major trafficking ring was planning to take up to 100 ethnic minority people from northern Vietnam to China. The victims were to be taken in 3 groups and their final destination was unknown, but the people had been promised high paying jobs.

Acting on this information, Blue Dragon coordinated with Vietnamese police to intercept the traffickers en route. Two female traffickers were arrested, in the company of 27 people, including men, women, and children as young as 14 years old.

All of the victims of this trafficking ring were Thai ethnic minority citizens from remote Dien Bien province.

Over night the traffickers revealed to police that they would have been paid $10,000 for getting their 27 victims across the border, and that so far this year they have already trafficked 70 other people.

We expect that more people will be arrested today, and we hope to work with the Chinese police to start looking for victims of this ring who are already enslaved in China. While this is a great outcome for a day’s work, it is deeply worrying that the traffickers are still so bold and greedy.

4 March 2015

It’s true! Hip hop classes at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation really have taught the kids to fly!

2 March 2015

Everyone’s getting ready for Rally Indochina! Ride Viet Nam, and raise money to rescue trafficked kids.

2 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: An eventful weekend gives the kids a chance to shine in the face of adversity.

1 March 2015

Students of the London School of Economics raised £300 for the kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation by selling sweets that they prepared and packaged themselves. Thanks everyone for making this wonderful effort!

28 February 2015

Introducing the ‘Blue Dragon Crew’. The Blue Dragon kids have been taking hip hop classes for about six months and improve every week. They are now so good that they have started getting bookings, including teaching younger kids at a recent fundraiser and performing at the Blue Dragon Tet Awards. Don’t they look great and so very professional in their new uniforms? More photos of the 2015 Tet Awards.

27 February 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A roundup of recent news related to human trafficking and child welfare in Vietnam and around the world.

27 February 2015

Blue Dragon has published a new resource for Vietnamese police and officials to help them in the fight against child trafficking to sweatshops. This practical manual offers guidance and advice on how to identify if kids have been trafficked; rescue them; bring them home; and prosecute those who exploit children. The manual will be distributed to trafficking hot spots, and it’s free to download from the website. Share this with anyone interested in fighting the trafficking of children!

26 February 2015

Throughout Vietnam, students in their final year of high school are starting to prepare for their university entrance exams. The teens who come toBlue Dragon Children’s Foundation are all from disadvantaged backgrounds, so need extra help to get them ready. Over the coming weeks, Blue Dragon is running Examination Preparedness workshops to teach the kids how to study well, and give them every chance to pursue their dreams.

25 February 2015

It’s important that all kids develop the skills they need to find their perfect job when they grow up. Blue Dragon’s Disability Services Coordinator has been working with our friends at ANZ Bank Vietnam to run disability-friendly versions of our career orientation workshops, complete with a signing translator for kids who are hearing impaired. The kids report that they love the classes, and are learning so much about themselves!

http://www.bluedragon.org/meet-the-kids/disabilities/

23 February 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: Blue Dragon’s founder shares the sorrow of a pained year, and the hope that Vietnamese street children can be better protected.

21 February 2015

Nothing is greater than seeing a young person rise above their difficulties to make something of their life. Young “Nam,” pictured, was born into extreme poverty and ended up working in a sweatshop far from home. But Blue Dragon found him and offered him a chance to change. We gave him a place to live and helped him join a vocational training program to work in hospitality.

Nam has now graduated and works as a security guard in one of Hanoi’s 5-star hotels. He has a good income and still lives in the Blue Dragon Transition Home while he is saving some money for his future. He’s as proud as can be – that smile says it all!

20 February 2015

Here’s a great blog post written by a coach of Blue Dragon’s new Gaelic Football team. March 14 will be the team’s first match so stay tuned for updates!

19 February 2015

How’s this for a great way to start the new lunar year: a special message from the kids of Tuggerah Public School in Australia! Chuc mung nam moi to you too, girls and boys!

19 February 2015

30 hard working Blue Dragon children received awards at the recent 10th Annual Tet Awards. These awards are not only for achievement, but also for effort: to recognise the kids who have really tried hard to improve their lives and change their behaviour. There was also a display of ‘then’ and ‘now’ photos to show everyone how much they have grown and changed since we first met them. Well done everyone, we are so proud of you!

19 February 2015

Today is the first day of the new Lunar Year, the Year of the Goat. Blue Dragon’s Hip Hop Crew wish you a very Happy New Year, or as we say here in Vietnam: Chuc mung nam moi!

17 February 2015

Thao is a Blue Dragon tertiary student who volunteers at one of our community centres in Hue, central Vietnam. She supports kids at risk of being trafficked with lessons and activities, and loves to join in the childrens’ games. It’s great to see young people like Thao growing up and wanting to help other kids to have a good life too!

15 February 2015

Tết is the Vietnamese New Year, a very special time for families in Vietnam. At Blue Dragon, our kids might not all have families to celebrate with, but we make sure that everyone has something to smile about. There’s special food and gifts and, most importantly, the chance to get together. Check out the photos from Blue Dragon’s Tết celebrations.

15 February 2015

Three Vietnamese girls trafficked into a Chinese brothel are now safely across the border and on their way home. While being held captive, the girls were in contact with Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team and took an opportunity to escape then go into hiding. We’ve located them, brought them back to Vietnam, and they’ve just finished making statements to police.

Today is the birthday of one of the girls, who described her feeling as being given a new life. Many challenges lay ahead, but for this moment that are all safe and well, and will soon be in the arms of their loving families.

15 February 2015

Are you a biker with a sense of adventure? Do you want to change the lives of kids who have been trafficked? Then sign up for Rally Indochina 2015 (6-15 April)! This amazing 9 day ride follows the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail from Hanoi to Hoi An and will raise urgently-needed funds for Blue Dragon’s rescue work. Sign up today, and invite your friends to join you!

14 February 2015

On Tuesday we posted about 3 Vietnamese girls who have been trafficked to China but escaped the brothel that was holding them captive. Since then they have been in hiding, waiting for the Blue Dragon Rescue Team to reach them, and today we have finally made contact. They are heading home, but not completely safe yet. We expect them and our team members to be right out of danger by Sunday night. This is a Valentines Day that these teen girls will never forget: the day they regained their freedom.

12 February 2015

BREAKING NEWS: In September 2014, Blue Dragon came across a severely disabled 14 year old boy, ‘T’, who had been beaten and raped by a neighbour. Many of our friends around the world donated to support T with his medical needs and to help his desperately poor family find justice. Right now, Blue Dragon’s Chief Lawyer is representing T in court. We hope this boy and his family will see justice today.
http://www.bluedragon.org/justice-for-t/

11 February 2015

The whole school community dressed up in preparation for Blue Dragon’s visit!

10 February 2015

For the past 10 days, Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team has been communicating with a 17 year old Vietnamese girl who was trafficked and sold to a Chinese brothel. Desperate to escape, she had an opportunity yesterday to run away and has done so with 2 other girls. They are in hiding and waiting for our team to find them, so they can get back to safety in Vietnam. The girls have been incredibly brave to take this risk; it shows that they will do anything to escape the horrors of sex slavery.

9 February 2015

The girls and boys of Blue Dragon’s soccer team, Blue Dragon United, have been trying their hand on Monday nights at Gaelic football. With some training and practice, they’re starting to get into the swing of it – and they are really benefiting from the extra teamwork and exercise!

6 February 2015

Last night the Blue Dragon kids in Hanoi celebrated the 10th Tet Awards, our annual Lunar New Year party. Kids young and old joined in to eat, play, sing, dance and remember the year gone by. It was an awesome night, and a chance for the kids to stand in the spotlight and shine. Watch out for the Blue Dragon blog on Monday to read more about this very special event!

5 February 2015

This is the new house that Blue Dragon has just finished building for Ngan and her mother in northern Dien Bien province. This new building means that Ngan can have a warm house this winter, with a space to study and a proper kitchen and bathroom! — at Dien Bien Province, Vietnam

5 February 2015

Blue Dragon has just finished building a new house for Ngan and her mother in northern Dien Bien province. This new building means that Ngan can have a warm house this winter, with a space to study and a proper kitchen and bathroom! This is her original house. — at Dien Bien Province, Vietnam

4 February 2015

Here’s the Blue Dragon Hip Hop Crew just before they went into action for a local fundraiser. Thanks to all their teachers and supporters; we’re predicting a few more gigs over the next year.

3 February 2015

One more suspected trafficker arrested! This was a Blue Dragon rescue from December last year. A young woman had been tricked by a ”friend’ in her hometown of central Vietnam to travel to China, thinking she was going to a good job. Instead, once over the border, she was sold to a trafficker who told her she had three choices: sold to a brothel, sold to forced marriage or die.

This man must now stand trial for what he has done to her. And he will never be able to do this to another girl again.

We’re happy to report that the young woman has been reunited with her young son after her forced marriage ordeal and is in regular contact with Blue Dragon’s psychologist. We are offering support for vocational training and hoping that she’ll be able to set up her own small business over time. One more success, many more to come.

2 February 2015

One by one, the 7 trafficked girls Blue Dragon brought back from China to Vietnam over a week ago are returning home to their families. Every reunion is beautiful, as the girls embrace mothers, fathers, and siblings who never thought they would see them again.

2 February 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon blog: It’s wedding season in Vietnam, and the Blue Dragon family keeps on growing.

1 February 2015

We’re rehearsing for Blue Dragon’s 10th annual Tet party! Tet is the Vietnamese lunar new year and Vietnam’s biggest holiday. It is a time for celebration and family – two things that are very important here at Blue Dragon.

31 January 2015

A Supper Club for Blue Dragon! If you have ever wanted to give UK’s supper club trend a try, now is your perfect chance. On Friday, 20 March, UK supporter Jaki will host a Papaya Verte Supper Club in Norwich to raise funds for Blue Dragon’s work with street kids in Hanoi. Visit our Events page for more details: www.bluedragon.org/get-involved/events.

31 January 2015

The Blue Dragon kids had a great day with their new friends from Mercy College in Australia. The students are visiting Vietnam as part of an educational tour and took time out to meet the kids and take them bowling. Thanks girls, we had so much fun!

30 January 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: The first in an occasional roundup of news stories about the issues impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world.

30 January 2015

No tears, only smiles! Blue Dragon’s rescue of 7 girls trafficked to brothels and forced marriages in China had a happy ending yesterday. Our legal team accompanied one of the girls to her countryside home – and her mother’s waiting arms.

Three more girls will be brought home today. They’ll all be making statements to the police and we are hoping to report on quite a few arrests in coming weeks.

30 January 2015

If eating healthy and fundraising for Blue Dragon are two of your New Year’s resolutions, here’s a great way to do both. Healthy Fundraising is an alternative to the usual office or school snack boxes. It’s a great way to get family, friends, classmates and colleagues involved, and encourage them to snack healthy. For more information please visit the Healthy Fundraising website.

29 January 2015

Another of the Blue Dragon ‘old boys’ married today. It’s wonderful to see the kids overcoming the difficulties they’ve faced as young people and making something great of their lives. Congratulations Tinh!

26 January 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: a reflection on the many and difficult journeys taken by Vietnamese kids.

25 January 2015

Ever wondered about the story of the Blue Dragon logo? Our friendly dragon was drawn 12 years ago by street kids in an art lesson; Dung, pictured, drew the outline that volunteer graphic designer Marc Portell later used to create what is now our logo. Dung was a shoeshine boy at the time, but went on to study hospitality. He now has his own family and works for an international company importing fine foods into Vietnam. Much has changed, but Dung’s drawing has lasted through the years!

23 January 2015

Blue Dragon - Hilton Hanoi Opera presentationThe Blue Dragon kids have received a wonderful gift from our friends at the Hilton Hanoi Opera: a donation from the sale of their beautiful Christmas dolls! The hotel’s generosity will provide street kids with nutritious hot meals to ward off the winter chill.

23 January 2015

Yesterday afternoon, these 7 Vietnamese girls crossed from China back into Vietnam after months of slavery as forced brides and sex slaves in brothels. It’s extraordinary to think that young people face such dangers in our world today; and yet Blue Dragon is receiving new calls for help every day. The fight against human trafficking is vital and urgent. Let’s never forget the millions of girls and boys throughout the world who are denied their freedom and are desperate for someone to help.
http://www.bluedragon.org/meet-the-kids/trafficked-kids/

22 January 2015

After weeks of investigation behind the scenes, tonight the Blue Dragon rescue team has brought home 7 Vietnamese girls who were trafficked into China for sale to the sex industry. Four of the girls we rescued ourselves, while 3 more were rescued by Chinese police and handed over to us at the border. All are well and glad to be back in Vietnam; and while they have a long road ahead to recover and be reunited with their anxious families, the girls can already feel the joy of freedom.

21 January 2015

Blue Dragon kids love their hip hop! At the ‘Battle Kidz 2014’ dance competition, the younger kids were placed in the top 16, a really proud moment for us all.

19 January 2015

Today Blue Dragon is working in central Vietnam with communities who have been targeted by human traffickers. Alongside government officials, we are registering people who have no legal identification, such as birth certificates, and who therefore are not protected by the law. Through simple and inexpensive campaigns like this, we can register 200 or more people in a day, strengthening entire communities against trafficking and ensuring a better future for everybody.

18 January 2015

It’s nearly that time of year again: Lunar New Year! Here’s a look back to how Blue Dragon celebrated Tet in 2014.

16 January 2015

In recent weeks Blue Dragon has been investigating the case of a 17 year old Vietnamese girl trafficked to China. While making plans to conduct a rescue operation, we have come across information about 6 more young women in a similar situation, trafficked into forced marriages. We are working with the Chinese police now to get all these girls back home to safety.

16 January 2015

Ride through Vietnam with Rally Indochina this April! You’ll see some of the country’s most amazing, off-the-road locations, while raising money to fight human trafficking. This is the trip of a life time!

14 January 2015

Blue Dragon is well known for our rescues of Vietnamese girls and young women trafficked into China. But we also work with the border guards and police who patrol the northern border between the two countries, helping them to stop the trafficking before it takes place. Last week we trained 80 guards from Lao Cai province, the ‘north pole’ of Vietnam, to detect potential trafficking situations and intervene within the bounds of the law. Steps like this may be small, but they all add up to the bigger picture of a world where traffickers cannot get away with their crimes.

14 January 2015

The rooftop at our centre was abuzz again today, as the Blue Dragon kids brought in another fresh harvest. A dedicated group of Blue Dragon boys and girls have been working with the United Nations International School of Hanoi’s gardening teacher for several months and have created an amazing and abundant rooftop vegetable garden.

12 January 2015

Blue Dragon kids are going to DJ School! Joined by our resident DJ Bảo Bảo and his mentor, Luke, the kids are learning to cue, cut and juggle with the best of them. We‘re thrilled to see them putting their passion for music into practice.ragon kids are going to DJ School! Joined by our resident DJ Bảo Bảo and his mentor, Luke, the kids are learning to cue, cut and juggle with the best of them. We‘re thrilled to see them putting their passion for music into practice.

9 January 2015

This week, two trafficked girls rescued by Blue Dragon are seeing justice served. The man who trafficked the girls from northern Vietnam to China when they were just 16 years old is finally on trial.

Blue Dragon has been working with the authorities since May when the girls, so desperate to escape from their trafficker, jumped from a 3rd floor window. We’re now representing them in court, and the case is strongly in their favour.

The photo shows one of the girls with her mother making a statement to support her case: this has been an empowering process and – especially when sentencing takes place – a giant step away from their trauma to a better future.

2 January 2015

Fundraising Friday! A big Blue Dragon thank you to this 8 year old student from Singapore, who raised $100 US for Blue Dragon’s work with street kids by selling lemonade. It particularly brightens our day when we hear of such a young child who wants to help other kids. Thanks you, you rock! www.bluedragon.org/get-involved/fundraise/

1 January 2015

New year, new home! 12 year old Nam couldn’t be happier, as he can now celebrate the New Year with his family in their brand new home. We first introduced you to Nam a couple of weeks ago, when the house was only a third complete. Construction was finished earlier than expected, so what a great start to the New Year for Nam and his family! A big thank you to our generous donor who made this possible.

Please contact info@bdcf.org if you would like to help build homes for very poor families like Nam’s.

1 January 2015

The Blue Dragon kids, staff and volunteers wish you a very Happy New Year. Thank you for your generous support in 2014 and we look forward to another great year in 2015. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

31 December

Do you want to do something really special or different next year? Have you ever wanted to ride the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam on a vintage URAL or Minsk motorbike? Now is the perfect time to sign up for Rally Indochina. Nine days of great riding, scenery and food. Enjoy the freedom of the open road whilst helping Blue Dragon raise funds to rescue, protect and rebuild the lives of children trafficked to slave labour. 2015 is a great year to get on ‘yer bike!

30 December

If you have been following the story of Bao Bao, Blue Dragon’s resident DJ, you will be as excited as we were to here about his latest gig. Word has spread about Bao Bao’s talent and passion, so when local supporters were were looking for a DJ for their fundraising event, Bao Bao was an obvious choice. “Everybody was so excited during the event,” said Long, Blue Dragon Outreach worker. “The audience loved Bao Bao. I think he has a great future ahead of him as a DJ.”

29 December 2014

Blue Dragon works at the front line of Vietnam’s anti-trafficking movement. Since 2005, we have rescued 370 girls, boys, men and women from forced labour and sex slavery. Today we are holding an anti-trafficking dialogue with police and government staff in remote Dien Bien province, a major source site for human trafficking, to bring together key officials involved in this important work. By sharing information about our experiences, and giving other stakeholders a chance to share their knowledge, we will make it harder for human traffickers to continue their terrible trade.

27 December 2014

We are always amazed by the creative ideas that our friends around the world come up with to help the kids of Blue Dragon. So we were particularly impressed by young Aussie supporter Oli’s entrepreneurial spirit and hard work. As part of a Friends School project, Oli turned a $5 loan into $500 for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in just two weeks, by selling Blue Dragon products, mowing lawns, washing cars and organising a “Flying the Flag for Blue Dragon” event. Thanks Oli, what an amazing effort!

26 December 2014

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been running a series of career orientation workshop for Blue Dragon teenagers. The latest workshop focused on conflict resolution, an important life skill, which is particularly important for those hoping to join the workforce soon. The group was counseled by a psychologist, who helped them understand their emotions and behavior, and the causes and solutions of conflict in communications with others. The kids really enjoyed the workshop and everyone passed the test! Thank you ANZ Vietnam for your generous support of these workshops.

25 December 2014

While most of us enjoy Christmas, it’s easy to take the parties and celebrations for granted – and even to find them a burden. But for the kids at Blue Dragon, this week’s Christmas party in central Vietnam was something special that they will never forget. For many, it was the first time they had ever celebrated Christmas or attended a Christmas event. Seeing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of 100 very excited kids made this Christmas extra special for us too! 

24 December

Christmas has come early for 9 year old Hien and her family, who now have birth certificates and legal registration papers for the first time in their lives. Thanks to Blue Dragon supporters, Hien’s wish has come true and she will be able to start school next year!

24 December

Only one more sleep and Rudolph will be on his way!

23 December

“Thu” is feeling very lucky today. A great friend and Blue Dragon supporter in Tasmania, Sandie, has just sent her a brand new laptop to help with her university studies. Thu is studying foreign relations with a scholarship from Blue Dragon, and her life will be so much easier now that she has IT access around the clock!

22 December

You first met Nga last week when we reported about her rescue from a forced marriage in China. Nga is now safely home with her children. Her story is one of the most disturbing we have heard, but also one of great hope, courage and the power of a mother’s love. Read the full story in our latest blog post.

21 December

Santa, or should we say ‘Santas’, came to Blue Dragon today to bring some festive cheer to our Christmas Party. We hope you enjoy this special message from the Blue Dragon kids. Merry Christmas!

20 December

Christmas gift idea! Author Curtis Norris has just published Magipelago, an interactive children’s book series. Proceeds from this wonderful adventure book will benefit the children at Blue Dragon. Purchase one today on Amazon; it’s a great story for a great cause!

19 December

Great to see the new graduates from Restaurant Bobby Chinn and Blue Dragon training program showing off their certificates. Now they are ready to take on the restaurant world!

19 December

Christmas Hue Style! The children at our centre in Hue, central Vietnam, went for a less traditional and more natural look when they decorated their Christmas tree. We think they did an amazing job and are very excited about their Christmas party on 24 December. www.bluedragon.org/christmas.

18 December

Great news for the end of the year! American citizens can make tax deductible donations to Blue Dragon through Give2Asia. Take the chance to change a life today!

17 December

Welcome home! This is the family home of 16 year old “Tho”, a boy from the northern mountains of Vietnam, who has spent 3 years homeless in and around Hanoi. Tho is tiny, weighing just 35kg and looks more like a 10-year old.

Over the past 3 years, Tho has been in and out of detention centres, lived rough in parks, and worked where ever he could to survive. But 2 weeks ago, he met the Blue Dragon Street Outreach team, and now, for the first time in years, he is home with his family.

Taking Tho home involved a 3 day round trip, but it was essential to be there with him to ensure he was safe and comfortable, and his family understood what he has been through. In coming weeks, Tho will return to Hanoi so he can join a training program and eventually find a job; he will live in a Blue Dragon Shelter and we will make sure he doesn’t have to return to the streets.

We are all very happy to see Tho reunited with his family, and are committed to working with him in the coming months and years to ensure he can have the bright future he deserves.

16 December

The Blue Dragon kids are getting ready for Christmas and did a wonderful job of dressing up the Drop in Centre tree. www.bluedragon.org/christmas

12 December

At Blue Dragon, dreams really do come true. We are now about a third of the way into building a new traditional stilt house for 12 year old Nam and his family. It may look simple, but to this family, it’s a dream home.

Blue Dragon rescued Nam from a sweatshop last year and has been supporting him to stay in school. The construction of the house is part of our ongoing commitment to keep Nam safe and sound, and to ‘trafficker proof’ his family and their community.

Thanks to a generous Blue Dragon donor, they should be safe in their new home in the new year. If you’d like to help build homes for very poor families like Nam’s, you can donate to the Red Stocking Christmas Campaign Building Fund: www.bluedragon.org/christmas

10 December

After a long search in a distant province in China, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff have been able to bring a young woman trafficked to a forced marriage back to Vietnam. Another young woman is safe!

Although she is very tired from her escape and her journey, she is determined to see her traffickers brought to justice. Today, she will make a statement to the police. We feel confident that her statement will lead to an arrest.

In the next couple of days, when the arrests have been made, we will let you know the story of her ordeal and her escape.

10 December

Vietnam-based artist, Matthew James, has been helping Blue Dragon kids express themselves with graffiti art. This week, the kids created T-shirt designs using stencils they made and designed themselves. We have some very gifted artists at Blue Dragon!

9 December

The 5 girls rescued at the Chinese border last week are now back home with their families! The girls were certainly about to be sold to brothels and a life of slavery. But after their rescue, and a long journey home to a remote area of Vietnam with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff, the girls are happy, safe and well.

Three traffickers have been arrested and the girls have made their statements to the police (pictured). Their story is all too common. A distant relative promised to find them a job in a sweatshop in HCMC where they would receive a salary of just $100 per month. Little did they know that their relative had connections with traffickers to the sex trade and had organised for them to be taken north to the Chinese border.

Their parents knew nothing about their disappearance. In this part of Vietnam, many young adults leave home to work as laborers in local rice terraces and only come home a few days a month. Young people in this situation, without the protection of their families, are easily tricked by traffickers with the promise of better jobs.

We will keep in touch with the girls, aged just 16 and 17, and support their care and protection for as long as it takes. We will be working closely with local authorities to find more traffickers involved in this ring and bring them to justice. Last, but not least, we’ll look at ways of educating authorities and the community in this province, which seems to have become a ‘hot spot’ for human trafficking in the last couple of years.

8 December

Blue Dragon in the news: Bride or brothel – the choice for duped Vietnamese women trafficked to China in thriving industry. Singapore’s Straits Times has been investigating sex trafficking from Vietnam into China.

You can help a girl trafficked to the sex trade recover and rebuild her life by providing aftercare and counseling.www.bluedragon.org/christmas.

5 December

Last night the Blue Dragon kids got into the festive spirit with our friends at the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel. The centrepiece of the hotel’s celebration is a spectacular Christmas tree made from 240 beautiful dolls in traditional Vietnamese ethic minority costumes. You can stop by the hotel and buy a doll for 500,000 VND, with all profits going to Blue Dragon’s Red Stocking Christmas Campaign.

3 December

Five trafficking victims, rescued at the Chinese border on Monday, are safe and sound at Blue Dragon’s centre. After a good meal and a well earned sleep, they’re ready to start a new day of freedom!

First on the agenda: a plan for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff to bring them home to their worried families.

We’re also happy to report that two more traffickers from the girl’s home province in central Vietnam have been arrested. This trafficking ring has been taking girls over the border to China with the promise of jobs, and selling them to brothels. Together with local authorities, our aim is to make sure they are never able to take a girl’s life away again.

1 December

More rescue news! Five Vietnamese girls, aged 16-17, were crossing the Chinese border with their trafficker – on the way to being sold to a brothel – when they were spotted by a border guard. They are now safe, making statements to the police and preparing to travel to the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation centre to meet with our psychologist. The trafficker has already been arrested!

All 5 girls were taken from central Vietnam, Nghe An Province. The bad news: this makes 25 victims that have been rescued from this area in the last two years, turning it into a new trafficking hot spot.We will be focusing more on this area in the future – we’ve already started talking to the local government about delivering workshops to police soon.

30 November

Getting teens ready for good jobs is an important part of Blue Dragon’s work in Vietnam.

These 5 kids (in black shirts) have been taking part in a specially designed hospitality course at Hanoi’s famous Restaurant Bobby Chinn. Today theyreceived certificates acknowledging the skills they have gained so far; and in just a few weeks they will graduate from the course and commence employment. Soon we’ll be placing another group of eager students into the program, and helping even more kids get ready for employment!

28 November

What are you doing for Giving Tuesday on 2 December? #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. 19 year old student Huong will be doing what she does most Tuesdays, helping street kids by volunteering at Blue Dragon’s drop in centre. Thank you Houng! Give food, warmth or shelter on Giving Tuesday at www.bluedragon.org/christmas.

28 November

Here’s an update on ‘Huong’. At 13, ‘Huong’ is the youngest girl we’ve ever rescued from sex trade trafficking. She’s a very strong girl and with Blue Dragon support she went back to school this week. It’s truly amazing when you think that not even a month ago she was in a forced marriage in China.

You can help a sex trade trafficking survivor like Huong get her life back, by choosing to give ‘warmth’ this Christmas.

26 November

Blue Dragon kids often come from families where nobody holds a stable job or receives a salary. This makes it is very difficult for our girls and boys to know what career they might like.

Starting from age 15, all kids at Blue Dragon in Hanoi are encouraged to take part in a Careers program, where they can learn about jobs, meet people from different industries, and even visit workplaces. What might seem simple and mundane to some of us is eye-opening and amazing for many of these teens, who are excited to learn that there is a whole world of possibilities!

25 November

With the northern summer coming to an end, Blue Dragon kids in Hanoi are making the most of the sunshine. Many of the young people in our care are children who have come in to the city from rural areas, so fishing is a popular pastime and the kids love nothing more than getting down to the river for an afternoon!

20 November

Happy Vietnam Teachers’ Day from the kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation! Yesterday the children in Hue province made these lovely paper flowers to give Blue Dragon staff and volunteers to say thank you to their ‘special teachers’.

19 November

Great news! Today Canh secured his first job. Blue Dragon not only rescues Vietnamese kids in crisis; we also support them to grow and pursue their dreams. Canh has overcome great hardships and poverty to complete university, graduating with a degree in Architecture. Life is looking good for this determined young man. Well done Canh, we are so proud of you!

19 November

Blue Dragon United kids have been trying something new: Gaelic football! It’s not quite what they are used to, but they had such fun learning the strange new rules and practicing some different techniques. All good, healthy fun!

18 November

Give a child the gift of joy this Christmas! Your donations to Blue Dragon’s annual Red Stocking Christmas Campaign will bring food, warmth and shelter to children in crisis.

17 November

Will you or any of your friends be in London on Sunday, 23 November? Please come and join Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Founder, Michael Brosowski at House of Ho, Soho, for a delicious Vietnamese dinner and some dragon tales.Tickets are £35 each with the proceeds supporting Blue Dragon’s work with children in crisis. Please contact Maggie at lammarg@gmail.com for tickets and further information.

16 November

Vietnamese children in impoverished rural areas are often targets of human traffickers, who deceive families into thinking their children will learn new skills and make a good income, but instead sell them to sweatshops. Over the past few days Blue Dragon has conducted an investigation to find 5 children from central Vietnam who have been trafficked to garment factories in Ho Chi Minh City. Three girls and 2 boys have been set free and are right now on their way home. We’re happy to have found them, and for the children this is a chance for a new beginning. But we also know that many more children are waiting to be set free, and we are determined to keep working until all young people are safe from this horrible crime.

14 November

Throughout the day, Blue Dragon has been searching for children trafficked to sweatshops in southern Vietnam. We have found and rescued 4 children, aged 12-14, all taken from their families in central Vietnam on the pretext of going to join a vocational training program. Instead they have been exploited and worked as slaves: but tonight are free. We are still looking for one more girl, and hope we can locate her over the weekend.

14 November

One more 14 year old boy has just been rescued from a sweatshop and the team is racing to another part of town – they have a lead on a 13 year old girl trapped in child labour slavery. Let’s hope we make it to 4 children rescued today!

14 November

Another child is free! After weeks of investigation, the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation team has just rescued a 12 year old girl from child labour slavery in south Vietnam. We are hoping to rescue at least 3 more children, scattered in sweatshops across the city. We’ll keep you updated on the results.

13 November

Helping kids in crisis isn’t only about the immediate support and intervention needed to keep them safe. It’s also about long-term healing, building confidence and providing opportunities for success and growth. One of the many ways we do this at Blue Dragon is through hip hop classes, taught by brilliant young dancers who know how to bring out the best in the kids. In less than a year, we’ve seen amazing skills developed. We just don’t know how they do it!

12 November

The latest edition of Dragon Tales is online now, with stories of recent happenings in Vietnam. Be sure to have a look and email info@bdcf.org if you’d like to be added to the mailing list!

http://www.bluedragon.org/about/publications/newsletters

12 November

Ever wanted to do a marathon, but don’t run? The Marathon Dragon March on Sunday, 29 March 2015 will walk, not run, 42km along a scenic trail near Melbourne, Australia. You can register now for the walk and help to raise funds to provide shelter for street kids and victims of trafficking. Contact thuanh@iinet.net.au to register by 30 November 2014.

11 November

Thi studies in Grade 11 in Hanoi, and with a little help from Blue Dragon hopes to finish Grade 12 and maybe even apply to university. Thi has overcome many difficulties to get this far, but today dropped in to Dragon House to show us a certificate from her school. She has been doing so well, both academically and socially, that her school wanted to acknowledge her terrific progress. Thi is very proud – and rightly so!

10 November

Every weekend, Blue Dragon runs activities for children aged under 10 who would otherwise be out on the streets. This weekend, we had some extra fun with a visiting clown and some balloon animals! It’s great to see the kids not only having fun, but also developing social and fine motor skills, while gaining confidence through success.

7 November

Just over a month ago, young Bao had the experience of a lifetime meeting the world’s No. 1 DJ, Hardwell. (The Blue Dragon Blog has the full story:http://bit.ly/1nPs74e).

Now, Bao’s greatest dream has come true. He is now a DJ himself, working in a Hanoi nightclub! Bao has spent years studying and practicing, and all his hard work has paid off. And who knows… maybe one day he’ll even perform with Hardwell.

6 November

Today Blue Dragon kids braved the wet weather to join the boys and girls of UNIS Elementary on the school’s annual Walkathon. All the money raised will be sending Vietnamese children to school. A big THANK YOU to our young friends at UNIS; you all did really well!

6 November

It’s up and running! Blue Dragon and students of Hanoi International School have put the finishing touches on a new playground in remote Co Nguu village in DIen Bien province. Endemic poverty and almost zero literacy in this village have made it a prime target for child traffickers; but we’re fighting to change that. This playground will add some colour and life for the kids, and our next plan is to rebuild their kindergarten,

5 November

Students from Hanoi International School are this week working with Blue Dragon in north-western Vietnam, building a playground in an ethnic minority village. The community is located in a very remote spot, and has never before seen such a group of visitors. The whole village is excited not only to have a new playground, but also to have some days hosting their guests!

3 November

We all need a reason to smile on Monday! Here’s what the Blue Dragon kids in central Vietnam got up to over the weekend: team building and life skills games at our community centre in an area frequented by child traffickers. The joy in their faces says it all!

31 October

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been working with Chinese and Vietnamese police in recent months to rescue a 13 year old Vietnamese girl sold as a bride to a Chinese husband. Today, the girl is finally back in Vietnam and on her way to a safe house. She has been through a terrible ordeal, but her road to recovery can now begin.

30 October

At age 15, “Thuy” travelled more than 600km from home to work in a garment factory in southern Vietnam. Doing odd jobs all day and through most of the night, she had hoped to earn enough money to support her family; instead she found herself exploited as a child labourer in terrible conditions with only a promise of a salary in the future.

When Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team found Thuy and brought her home, she was able to return to school but needed a lot of help to settle back in and catch up with her studies.

But all her hard work has paid off. Today, Thuy is in her first year of college studying to be a teacher. With help from Blue Dragon’s scholarship scheme, she has big plans to graduate in a few years’ time, get a great job, and help other Vietnamese kids to have the same chance at education that she has been given.

Thuy is a Blue Dragon hero – and we’re proud to see what this young woman is making of her life.

29 October

Families living in extreme poverty rarely have access to decent sanitation. In rural Vietnam, homes often don’t have toilets, meaning family members have to ‘go’ outside in the bush or by a stream. So over the last few months, Blue Dragon has been busy building toilets for 10 homes in central Vietnam, where poverty is rife and human traffickers target the children of families in desperate need. That’s 10 families who now have proper toilets in their homes!

28 October

The number of homeless children in Hanoi has been on the rise in the past 2 weeks, with Blue Dragon meeting new children every day. Today we reunited one 15 year old boy with his family, and in the morning we will set out to the countryside to reunite a 13 year old with his grandmother. Sometimes there seems to be no end to the need, but it’s always heartening to see a family back together again with hope for a better future.

25 October

Here’s a great way to see Vietnam while standing up against child trafficking:Rally Indochina April 6-15, 2015. Sign up now!

22 October

All home: Following our rescue operations in China and Vietnam over the past few weeks, all the girls and boys rescued from brothels, sweatshops, and forced marriages have been reunited with their families. The final reunion took place on Tuesday, with a 15 year old girl falling into her mother’s arms and shedding tears of great relief. This is by far the most beautiful and rewarding part of Blue Dragon’s work: seeing kids and their families back together again.

19 October

“Despite the distressing nature of the circumstances in which these children are living, or have been forced into, the work of Blue Dragon offers more than just a glimmer of hope.”

Blue Dragon in the news – Travelfish.org

18 October

Musical chairs, Vietnam style! The Blue Dragon children in central Vietnam had lots of fun playing the party favourite ‘musical chairs’ this week. The game was just one of many activities that gave the kids an opportunity to play together in safety and improve their team work skills. At Blue Dragon, every child is a winner!

17 October

Good clean fun! Who knew that learning to wash your hands and use a toilet could bring such smiles? These are skills that most of us take for granted, but many school children in rural Vietnam don’t know how to wash theirs hands correctly or how to use a proper toilet. In Bac Ninh province, where Blue Dragon recently built a brand new toilet block, our personal hygiene workshops will help the kids stay healthy and get the most out of their new facilities.

16 October

A little encouragement goes a long way! 17 year old ‘Tom’ lives in central Vietnam, where he studies Grade 11 with support from Blue Dragon. In the past, Tom couldn’t go to school as his family needed him to work; but he’s now focused on finishing High School and thinking about a future career. To give Tom some extra support, this week the Blue Dragon team presented him with some new study gear to help him along. Kids like Tom are the future of the country; we want to help him achieve his dreams!

13 October

Blue Dragon Vietnam sends a HUGE ‘Thank You!’ to our friends in New Zealand, who worked all weekend at the McCartney Invitation Football Tournament in Taupo. The Tournament chose Blue Dragon as their charity this year, and volunteers sold sweets and merchandise to raise money for kids in Vietnam. It was a great weekend, and we appreciate the helping hand from the whole community!

11 October

Two girls, aged 15 and 16, have been rescued from sexual slavery in China and are now on their way to Vietnam with Blue Dragon’s Rescue team. One girl was sold to a brothel, and the other as a bride, but tonight both will be in a safe house under our care and protection. Soon they will be back with their families – a moment they feared might never come.

13 October

This is how you do it! The parents and carers of young people with physical disabilities have been coming to Blue Dragon on weekends for short courses in how to care for their kids. One important lesson has been in safe ways to pick up, move, and carry their children. It’s a skill that seems pretty basic, but is essential to know!

7 October

The Blue Dragon Rescue team is back at it, with 2 new operations underway. We have been working with Chinese police in a remote area of China to rescue a teen Vietnamese girl sold as a bride, and are now en route to conduct another rescue. The team is safe, but we won’t be able to give much more information until they and the girls are back to Vietnam.

6 October

Imagine going to a school without a toilet… 

For many kids in rural Vietnam, that’s the reality of life. School “toilets” are often open-air patches of concrete, with no facilities at all. But Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation wants to change that.

We’ve just completed the construction of one toilet block in a school north of Hanoi: the pictures show the ‘before’ and ‘after.’ See if you can spot the difference! Over coming months, we will teach personal hygiene courses to both the teachers and students; and, with this model toilet block up and running, we hope to build more in other schools across the region.

6 October

Late on Saturday, all 14 children trafficked from northern to southern Vietnam arrived at the local town nearest their rural homes. Some had been locked up in a garment factory for 2 years, so their reunion with mums, dads, and siblings was very emotional.

5 October

Late on Saturday, all 14 children trafficked from northern to southern Vietnam arrived at the local town nearest their rural homes. Some had been locked up in a garment factory for 2 years, so their reunion with mums, dads, and siblings was very emotional.

3 October

They’re free! Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been working with the Vietnamese police for 2 months to find 14 children missing from a remote rural district. Yesterday we located the 8 girls and 6 boys in 2 separate factories, including the one in the photo, and gave them back their freedom. Read full story.

29 September

Hundreds of people’s lives in remote Dien Bien province changed for the better last week thanks to Blue Dragon’s ID card registration campaign. Working with the local police, over 500 residents were registered and received their official papers – the oldest was 80!

With the nearest government office 30 km away in the district capital, few residents in this isolated commune are registered at birth. An ID card means that they now qualify for government assistance and low interest bank loans; can enrol in school; have increased work options; and are less vulnerable to human trafficking.

Everyone has the right to a legal identity, and Blue Dragon will continue to do more ID registration drives in the future.

Learn more about Blue Dragon’s legal registration campaigns here: http://www.bluedragon.org/the-little-red-book/

27 September

Yen recently graduated university with a degree in Civil Engineering and now works for DK Engineering in Hanoi. This week, Yen took the time to introduce other Blue Dragon kids to DK Engineering when she hosted a career orientation field trip. The group listened to talks from staff in DK’s IT, Reception, Engineering and HR departments, to get them thinking about possible careers and their own goals for the future.Thank you, Yen and DK Engineering!

26 September

Happy 9th birthday Intrepid! Blue Dragon graduate, Minh, was one of three Blue Dragon representatives who visited Intrepid’s Hanoi office today to help them celebrate their 9th birthday. Blue Dragon and the Intrepid Foundation have been working together for over eight years and this was a great opportunity for Intrepid staff to learn about the work they support. It was also a rare chance for many of them to meet one of the ‘stars’ of Intrepid’s Breakfast with the stars. Minh recently graduated with a degree in Tourism and was able to tell Intrepid’s staff about how participating in the Breakfasts had helped him improve his English and meet travelers from all over the world.

25 September

Justice for ‘T’ update: The accused offender was caught by police last night and is now in custody. The Blue Dragon lawyer is working with T’s family to ensure the proper charges are laid and evidence will be presented to the court. THANK YOU to everyone who has expressed their support and donated for T.

24 September

Do you want Justice for ‘T’? ‘T’ is a 14 year old deaf and intellectually impaired boy from Nghe An Province in central Vietnam, who was savagely beaten and raped by a neighbour. This is one of the worst cases of sexual exploitation of a vulnerable child we have ever seen and it has deeply shocked us all.

We urgently need to raise $3,000 to support ‘T’ and his family through their ordeal: paying hospital bills, providing legal advocacy and representation in court, and caring for the family who are very poor.

We are calling on all our supporters to join with us to fight for justice for ‘T’. Click on the link – all donations are greatly appreciated!

23 September

Blue Dragon staff returned to Hanoi today after their long journey to central Vietnam to bring home four girls saved from sex trafficking at the Chinese border. They witnessed the girls’ emotional reunion with families and friends, and their happiness to be home, safe and sound – and they brought news. 

A very young girl was also trafficked from a nearby village and has been rescued by police in China. We believe that she has just turned 13 and that she was sold to a brothel earlier this year. We are waiting for more news so we can make arrangements to bring her home to Vietnam. In the meantime, the investigation to track down the traffickers and bring them to justice has begun!

23 September

Great news! Trang recently finished university on a Blue Dragon scholarship, and has just been offered a telesales position with ANZ Vietnam. We are all thrilled for Trang, as the job will provide her with an income and valuable experience. Congratulations Trang; what a great start to your career!

22 September

Blue Dragon kids have many different dreams for the future. Some wish to become lawyers, or artists, or mechanics, or social workers. And some dream of making music… 

Young Bao, pictured below, has become Blue Dragon’s resident DJ. Thanks to amazing support from some dedicated volunteers, he’s had the chance to learn and develop his passion for electronic music over the past 3 years.

Over the weekend, Bao took to the stage for the first time and wowed the audience at a dance event in Hanoi. He was one of the best DJs of the night! He’s only 16 years old and has had an incredibly difficult life; but his love of music has given him a real hope for the future.

And coming this weekend, Bao will have another special opportunity… but stay tuned to the Blue Dragon blog next week to find out more.

20 September


The students at Tuggerah Public School, on the Central Coast of NSW, are big fans of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. Every year they hold a Blue Dragon Day to raise money for kids in need throughout Vietnam. Their passion to help others is inspiring; and they sure know how to put the ‘fun’ in fundraising!

18 September

Kids can only be safe and happy at home if their family members know how to care for them. In a quest to promote harmonious home lives, Blue Dragon Social Workers have been teaching parents and carers about positive discipline and anger management. Attendance has been great, and these smiles suggest the family members are enjoying the classes! 

17 September

Here’s an update on the four young women who were rescued just moments before crossing the border to China with their trafficker. Police foiled the trafficker’s plan to sell them to the sex trade and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff brought them safely to Hanoi last night after a long journey. 

Our psychologist reports that they still feel very afraid. They are in a ‘state of disbelief’ that this has happened. Staff are involving the girls in the plan for their journey home (they are all very homesick!) and a survivor from sex-trade trafficking has been giving much needed support. Right now, they are recovering from their journey: sleeping and getting over the car sickness!

Although they were fortunate to avoid the fate of the brothels, they’ve been through a traumatic experience and need some time But tomorrow they will be back with their families – and what a reunion that will be!

16 September

Four girls from central Vietnam have been rescued before they were sold to the sex trade! Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff are right now travelling with the girls from the Chinese border to Hanoi to meet with our psychologist. They’ll get the care they need before we take them home to central Vietnam. The youngest is only 15 years old.

One girl told us they can’t believe “we have been saved from the hands of the traffickers.” The girls were tricked into thinking they had jobs in China. The trafficker even told them: “Don’t worry, you will be safe because you will be all together.” Far from the truth!

The great part of the story: the girls are ethnic Khmu and are distinctly different in their looks. The border patrol saw them as they were crossing into China and knew something was up. Their quick thinking led to a safe rescue and the immediate arrest of two traffickers. But the investigation didn’t stop there. The ring-leader got wind of the arrests and tried to escape to Laos. However, the police were on to him and he has also been caught and arrested. We’ve been working in this border area for some time, and it is fantastic that police and border guards are being so pro-active in helping us prevent this evil trade.

We will continue to support the police during the prosecution and of course, our long-term support of the girls begins today!

15 September

To prevent kids from being trafficked for labour exploitation, it’s not enough to work just with governments and other agencies. The most important people are family members – and especially mothers! 

In Vietnam as in every country, educating mums and giving them a voice is the key to keeping kids safe.

13 September

The Student Representatives of Newington College in Sydney held a morning tea yesterday to celebrate the results of their fundraising. The money they raised (nearly $2,500!) will provide meals, accommodation and education for the kids living in the Blue Dragon Shelter in Hanoi. Thanks boys! Your efforts are very much appreciated!

11 September

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Blue Dragon staff usually work behind the scenes, rarely receiving public acknowledgement for their dedication to Vietnamese kids. So today it was a great honour when one of our team, Ms Tuyen, received the annual Female Vision Award from the Hanoi International Women’s Club.

The Award recognises Vietnamese women who have the drive, passion, and audacity to ‘dream big’ and help others. This is great encouragement for Tuyen, who has supported thousands of rural children to go to school over the past 5 years.

Congratulations, Tuyen!

9 September

At the heart of Blue Dragon is our belief that all kids need an opportunity to shine. Taking a group of former street kids to visit a Social Protection Centre filled with orphaned infants shows just how much they are capable of caring for others, despite the incredible hardships in their own lives.

5 September

The kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation had so much fun at today’s Full Moon festivities.

3 September

On Friday, the kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival! Moon Cakes are a traditional festive food, so today some of the kids in the drop in centre learned how to make them! We think they did a pretty good job!

3 September

Everybody loves a magic show and the Blue Dragon kids are no exception! Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is very lucky, because we have our own self taught and very talented young magician! This very special guest was as impressed by his skills as we are!

2 September

Today is Vietnamese National Day! All schools are closed and everyone is taking the day off. Blue Dragon kids living in our Hanoi shelters are heading out for some fun; we hope you have a great day, too!

1 September

The very first Great Minsk Charity Rally has reached the end of its 3-day journey through central Vietnam. All money raised will go to fight child trafficking, and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation still has plenty of cases waiting for us to solve. Massive thanks to Rally Indochina for organising this great event!

30 August

It’s Autumn Festival time in Hanoi so the kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation have been making star shaped lanterns to celebrate. The lantern, known as ‘Đèn ông sao’ in Vietnam, is a traditional toy, treasured by children all over the country!

It’s easy to see how proud the Blue Dragon kids are of the decorations they’ve made for the Mid-Autumn Festival! The Drop In Centre is looking very festively fabulous and ready for next week’s celebrations!

28 August

14 year old Trang is a Blue Dragon sponsored child living in rural Vietnam, who has just won 3rd prize in the national taekwondo championships. Keep on aiming high, Trang!  
Trang’s success demonstrates how much a child like Trang can achieve with a little support and encouragement. Sponsoring really does make a difference!

Find out more about sponsoring a child.

19 August

Some great news. This morning Tam was accepted into a hospitality degree, and will major in cooking and decorative food. She starts soon, and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will continue to support her over the next 3 years. 

18 August

In Vietnam, the new school year is just about to start. 62 Blue Dragon kids have passed their entrance exams for high school and start classes today. The kids were really excited to get ‘school ready’ with books, bags and stationery. To learn more about how Blue Dragon helps kids with their schooling, visit the website: http://www.bluedragon.org/meet-the-kids/rural-kids/

7 August

Summer holidays are the perfect time for conducting Science experiments! Five kids from the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation ‘Science is Fun’ class have been making hydro-powered ships! Bet you can’t wait to see what happens when they take them down to the lake later today!

6 August

It’s impossible to deny the enthusiasm and style of Australian supporters of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. Their fund raising ‘Concert with a Cause’ featured Warringah Concert Brass, St Ives High School Band and one of Australia’s finest Opera singers Amelia Farrugia. Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of this fabulous afternoon as well as everyone who went along to enjoy the music – your support is invaluable!

22 July

How does Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation prevent trafficking from remote communities? Our first step is to train the police and officials on the ground who, with the right skills and information, can stop trafficking from happening. Today the Blue Dragon Legal team was in Dien Bien training police and government officials. Despite heavy rains, flooding and a landslide, the workshop has been well attended.

21 July

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation hosted 36 Scouts who had traveled all the way from Denmark to share breakfast with some of the Blue Dragon kids. They were very moved to hear an engaging presentation from one of our former street kids as well. What a great way to learn how to ‘be prepared’ to make a difference in the world!

15 July

Science is fun! Blue Dragon kids visited the Panasonic Risupia Centre in Hanoi to discover their world through hands-on activities. It’s great to see the girls and boys so absorbed in learning.

8 July

Blue Dragon kids exhibited their amazing photography on Monday at the Hanoi Hilton Hotel, showcasing all that they have learned in the one-week Capturing Neverland program.

5 July

Blue Dragon kids have spent the week (and weekend!) learning to take great photos… Now it’s time for them to select their best images for Monday’s exhibition at the Hanoi Hilton Hotel! 

4 July

Two years ago, Fulton and Dave from Australia rode with Rally Indochina to raise money for trafficked kids. Now they’re at it again… They’ve joined a 15-day ride through the Himalayas and have been collecting donations from family and friends to fight human trafficking in Vietnam. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is fortunate to have great friends like these!

20 June

Great news! Today, the US Secretary of State John Kerry has honoured Blue Dragon’s Chief Lawyer, Mr Van Ta, as one of 2014’s Trafficking in Persons Heroes! This recognition from the United States government is touching: we are deeply moved to know that our work is so valued around the world. Please pop over to our Facebook page to send a personal message to Van, we will be sure to pass this on. To support this crucial work, you can make a donation to the 2014 Rescue! Appeal and ensure more children and young woman are rescued from their places of slavery.

19 June

2 girls escaped from Traffickers!
Blue Dragon’s Rescue! Appeal has now achieved almost 60% of our goal to raise $275,000 to rescue even more children and young women trafficked to places of slavery. Thank you so much to our generous donors and to everyone for their warm wishes of support. Your donations will go directly to work to support rescues such as that of the two girls trafficked to be sold to the sex trade in China. Here they are pictured returning home across the border.

17 June

So many of our supporters and visitors ask us: ‘but just how does Blue Dragon rescue kids?’ that we decided to make an infographic about it. If you would like to know how Blue Dragon locates and directly rescues children and young women who have been trafficked for child labour or the sex trade, click on the link! The whole process is explained.

16 June

Blue Dragon works with street kidsWe are delighted to launch a new movie about our work with street kids produced by Mardana Mayginnes on his recent visit to Vietnam. The film features Vi, our Outreach Team Leader, who shows us the frightening places where street kids are forced to live. It does not take long to view and well worth your while in understanding more about Blue Dragon’s work.

15 June

Blue Dragon cooking classes for kids with disabilitiesWe are having so much fun in the kitchen these days! Blue Dragon’s kids with disabilities took part in a fun summer cooking class at Dragon House, where they whipped up healthy and delicious Mexican food! It was a great way to practice coordination skills, learn about safety in the kitchen, and of course enjoy new tastes.

12 June

The June edition of Dragon Tales, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation‘s e-newsletter, is here! The lead story shines a light on the invisible scars left by sex trafficking…and how our team helps victims heal, one step at a time. If you’re not already on our mailing list, make sure to sign up today at www.bluedragon.org/contact-us/

10 June

Even though school’s out, it’s never too early to get a jump on the new year! The Blue Dragon kids came together to share study skills, classroom behaviour tips and their goals for academic and personal growth. Being prepared will make all the difference when they return to class for the next school year.

6 June

Earlier this year, we had a visit from Singapore American School students, who came to help out at a school in rural Vietnam where Blue Dragon supports children to stay in school. The students brought along used laptops that were no longer needed, but which have now found good homes with tertiary students all over Vietnam. Thanks to the school and students!

4 June

Schools out and summer is here! Blue Dragon kids are enjoying the many summer activities we have been planning for some months: swimming, cooking, career workshops, beauty clubs, trips, rock climbing and more! When school is not an opti0n, it’s really important that the kids are kept occupied and safe. It’s also a great chance for our social workers to spend time with the kids.

1 June

Happy International Children’s Day from all at Blue Dragon in Vietnam!

29 May

The Love Junkies at Blue DragonA special treat for the kids in Hanoi: rockstars in the Drop In Centre! We hosted Australian band The Love Junkies at Dragon House for an afternoon of singing, strumming and drumming. The kids had a great time making music, and even sang some Vietnamese songs!

25 May

Well done to the Blue Dragon FootballersUpdate on the European Union Youth Football Tournament. Blue Dragon United Football Club’s U13 team (13 year olds) won third place! U11 and U13 both received the Sportmanship Award, which we were particularly pleased about! Learning about team work and cooperation is an important part of the Football Club, and we give awards every Sunday for ‘fair play’. It’s great when this is recognised at tournaments and gives the kids a sense of pride. Well done teams!

22 May

ON 24 May, Blue Dragon United Football Club will compete in the European Union tournament in Hanoi organised by GSH. Wish us luck!

20 May

A 12 year old boy is safely home in HueWe’ve just had word that the four children rescued from child slavery in factories in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday have now arrived safely home in Hue, Central Vietnam. It’s wonderful for our staff in Hue to see the smiles on all the faces, children and family members. This 12 year old boy ran towards his home when he saw it. They are so happy to be back home and away from the terrible conditions of the factory! Blue Dragon staff will work closely with the children in the coming months, supporting them back to school, and making sure they are healthy and strong. You can support rescues like these by donating to the Rescue! Appeal.

19 May

The real conditions of the factory before rescue 18 MayLast weekend, Blue Dragon’s rescue team went in search of children trafficked from the central province of Hue to the garment factories of Ho Chi Minh City. We’re looking for more than 20 kids in total, and so far have found 4 who are going home today! These children were trapped in factories like the one pictured on the right. They reported that they were “terrified” during their ordeal. Thank goodness they were found and freed by the Blue Dragon team! Read our latest blog post.

15 May

Vang in Vinh Hung. Kid of April 14 (FILEminimizer)Every month, our anti-trafficking team in Hue, Central Vietnam, selects a ‘kid of the month’ to celebrate the achievements of children rescued by Blue Dragon from child labour slavery in garment factories in Ho Chi Minh City. We support children after their return home to stay in school and find better opportunities. In April, Mai (not her real name) was selected. She is in Grade 9 and now studying hard after being trafficked two years ago. With a family of 11, including 8 siblings, Mai supports her parents with household chores, but also finds time to spread the word about trafficking and the awful conditions of the factories, making sure her ‘at risk’ friends are fully informed. She also loves singing and we just couldn’t resist sharing this photo of her with artwork by Blue Dragon staff in Hue. Mai has a bright future, safely away from the ‘factory’ that kept her enslaved.

14 May

Moses Brown students 12 MayFour high school students from Moses Brown School in Rhode Island, USA learned about Blue Dragon’s anti trafficking work during a school project. They were so inspired, they raised funds by presenting their research to their peers. Across the country, the Vietnamese Student Association of the University of Seattle held a Spring Event, raising funds for our Rescue! Appeal. Thanks and good luck with your exams!

10 May

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation International raised funds for our Rescue Appeal by hosting a fun Trivia Night. We were very grateful to receive a donation from Randwick Rotary on the night – and we got a nice mention in their newsletter. Thanks so much everyone for your support!

10 May

Ben Ly from Rockstar Fitness accepted the challenge to do one burpee for every $2 donated to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation from one of his kickboxing class participants. 370 burpees later…Ben and the class have supported one of our shelter’s in Hanoi with meals and care. Thanks to all!

8 May

Rescue Appeal launch 8 MayBlue Dragon is excited to announce the launch of Rescue! our biggest ever appeal. The cries for help from children and young women trapped in slavery, living in danger on the streets and trapped in brothels increases every day. We will rescue even more children from exploitation by raising our goal of $275,000. Visit Rescue! 2014 Appeal to find out more or make a very appreciated donation!

26 April

Oriberry 26 AprilSeven Blue Dragon teenagers completed an intensive six-week barista course at Oriberry Coffee in Hanoi. Now they all have training certificates and valuable experience, which will come in handy in finding jobs at some of the city’s great cafes.

23 April

Rally Indochina5, a fantastic annual ride to benefit Blue Dragon, concluded the journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh on vintage Ural motorbikes. Since 2011, Rally Indochina has raised nearly $200,000 to end child trafficking in Vietnam.

19 April

Shiloh Fernandez 19 AprilActor Shiloh Fernandez and filmmaker Mardana Mayginnes have long been interested in the issue of anti-trafficking. On a recent visit to Vietnam from their base in Hollywood, they interviewed Blue Dragon’s Founder, Michael Brosowski, and key staff members involved in our rescue work. Shiloh and Mardana have become keen Blue Dragon supporters, having seen our work first-hand. They are currently making a film to promote our 2014 Rescue! Appeal.

14 April

Football 14 AprilThe Blue Dragon boys and girls in central Vietnam celebrated the annual Hue Festival with a soccer tournament. Sports events and other activities are a great way to engage children in rural communities. Our Hue team always smile to see the enthusiasm of the Blue Dragon girls to get on the pitch!

10 April

Blue Dragon’s anti-trafficking team spent the week in north-west Vietnam training officials and police in how to end human trafficking. As the team was traveling back, word came through that police had rescued 3 teen girls who were being trafficked. They had some information about where the trafficker was hiding, so Blue Dragon went with police to find and arrest the trafficker. It was amazing – but certainly unexpected – to see the training in action right away!

5 June 2015

4 June 2015

The Blue Dragon kids in Hue are participating in an under 15’s football tournament this week. The tournament has brought together more than 3,500 boys and girls from around Vietnam and other parts of South East Asia. The Blue Dragon girls played their first game yesterday and won today. Besides playing football together, the Blue Dragon kids will also take part in a series of activities, including cultural exchanges, life skills games and a parade to mark World Environment Day tomorrow.

> Read more about our work in Hue

3 June 2015

Blue Dragon - A better future for Vietnam 2

A Better Future is a donation matching campaign set up by a group of young Vietnamese entrepreneurs who are passionate about social change. The group shares Blue Dragon’s belief that all children are precious and is supporting the Blue Dragon Courage Appeal by matching every donation* made to the Appeal between 1 to 10 June.

Hurry! There has never been a better time to donate to the Blue Dragon’s Courage Appeal.

* up to a limit

3 June 2015

Meet 22 year old student and Blue Dragon supporter Thao. When she had to stop volunteering for Blue as a teacher due to her study schedule, Thao got creative and established the Ichu Store to fundraise for Blue Dragon and other local charities at weekends. Ichu holds bi-weekly sales of women’s clothing in western sizes at restaurants and cafes around Hanoi on alternate Sundays. With nothing priced at over $11, she is providing a valuable service to expat women in Hanoi as well as raising much needed funds for Blue Dragon’s Courage Appeal.

> Read more about fundraising for Blue Dragon

2 June 2015

The Flower Girl is a short ‘coming of age’ film about the corruption of innocence that endeavours to show what it’s like to be a victim of human trafficking through the point of view of a child. The film is being made by a team of independent and student filmmakers and aims to raise world-wide awareness of the plight of children trafficked for labour. The Flower Girl team will donate any excess funds raised for the film to Blue Dragon to help find and bring trafficked children like ‘the flower girl’ home.

> Read more about Blue Dragon’s child labour trafficking work

1 June 2015

Happy World Children’s Day! The children at Blue Dragon’s Early Intervention Centre were able to get creative and celebrate World Children’s Day early yesterday thanks to a generous donation of drawing materials and games. The smiles say it all, they loved their gifts. Thank you Jo!

> More about in-kind donations

1 June 2015

A big thank you to the students at Hanoi Academy, who raised 2,862,000 VND for our Courage Appeal last week with their lunchtime charity fair. It was great to see how enthusiastic the children were about helping the Blue Dragon kids. Well done and thank you!

1 June 2015

Over a week ago, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation rescued 13 year old “Thuy” as she was being trafficked to China from Vietnam. Her 2 traffickers, a mother and daughter team, escaped and went into hiding. Yesterday, Blue Dragon worked with the police to find and capture Thuy’s traffickers. They are in custody now, which means Thuy can finally feel safe once again.

28 May 2015

We’ve been talking a lot about courage here at Blue Dragon, and this week we’ve met a girl whose bravery is exceptional. The Rescue Team has just brought 13 year old “Linh” back to Vietnam, after being trafficked 6 months ago by a neighbour and sold to a Chinese man as a bride. Linh has been through a terrible ordeal, but thanks to her great courage we were able to get her to safety.

Donations to the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Courage appeal will help Linh, and the many girls and boys like her in our care.

28 May 2015

Today Blue Dragon launched its 2015 summer activities program. With 19 activities such as swimming, roller skating, gardening, cooking, guitar and drama to choose from, the decision was proving difficult for some. Thanks to your support it is going to be a fun, active, creative and healthy summer for the Blue Dragon kids.

> Summer activities volunteers needed!

27 May 2015

The Blue Dragon Courage Appeal received a significant boost today thanks to Dave from the UK.

Dave organised a charity raffle in his office in Hanoi. He donated the prize and then generously matched what was raised, resulting in a bumper 8 million dong donation. Thank you Dave!

> Read more about fundraising for Blue Dragon

27 May 2015

“This is so profitable that the traffickers are taking more risks, looking for more women. There are young women, there are syndicates. There are small groups. There are husband and wife teams. There’s no stereotype of the trafficker.

The police here in Vietnam and I believe in China as well are very active on this issue, but every arrest they make there’s another 50 or 100 traffickers who are still out there making money.” Michael Brosowski, Founder, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

> Read full article: Traffickers launch ‘buy a bride’ scheme for Chinese men as one-child policy creates shortage of women, Lucy Watson, ITV

26 May 2015

Visitor news! Today long term Blue Dragon supporter Jo from New Zealand visited Dragon House with some friends. After looking around the centre and learning more about our work the group joined Blue Dragon CEO, Julienne Carey for lunch. “It was great to see and taste first hand the work that we support and meet some of the kids,” said Jo, who is now busily planning her next fundraiser.

Why street kids need healthy food

25 May 2015

Learning is so much fun! These youngster in northern Vietnam are so excited to go to school. Thanks to the generous support of our friends at the Hanoi International Women’s Club the children recently moved into their brand new kindergarten. An early start to their education will enable them to perform better in the Vietnamese school system and help protect them from traffickers, who are active in the area.

> Read more about our anti-trafficking work

24 May 2015

For many children in Vietnam, childhood is a luxury that they cannot afford. ‘Cuong’ is one Blue Dragon boy who left home and moved to the city at an early age to get a job. When we asked him to define ‘courage’, he simply said: Courage is going to work for the first time.

Visit the Blue Dragon website to read about Cuong’s story and donate COURAGE so he can transform his life.

23 May 2015

Aged just 13, “Thuy” is the youngest of 10 girls rescued by Blue Dragon yesterday, in 3 operations across northern provinces of Vietnam. Thuy was being trafficked into China by a group of traffickers who planned to sell her as a bride. Although the traffickers escaped, Thuy is safe and back home now with her father (pictured). We hope that the traffickers of all 10 girls will soon be caught, so that their work of exploiting children can be brought to an end.

> Read more about our trafficking work

22 May 2015

We met Minh in February, alone and cold on a park bench at night.

He was 15 years old, but tiny for his age; he could easily pass for 12 or 13. He’d been sleeping rough on the streets of Hanoi for just a couple of nights, and was relieved when he came across Blue Dragon’s Outreach workers. The streets of Hanoi are dangerous places for homeless children.

Minh was a likable boy, quiet and unassuming but with a dazzling smile. We were shocked when he disappeared just a few days later, slipping away unnoticed from the shelter with a laptop he decided to steal from us.

We weren’t thrilled about the laptop, of course, but our deeper concern was for Minh. We feared what would become of him out on the streets. Hanoi is currently in the grip of a plague of pedophiles preying on homeless boys; the chances of him staying out of trouble were slim.

> Full story

21 May 2015

Meet Blue Dragon’s courageous psychologist Chau and learn more about her work with trafficked girls.

20 May 2015

Only 2 more sleeps until the Lindeman’s Grand Day Out in Hanoi. It should be a fun day, with lots of activities and entertainment for all the family and all in support of Blue Dragon’s work with street kids. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see the Blue Dragon Hip Hop Crew perform. See you there!

16 May 2015

Inspired by a visit to Blue Dragon, these Year 5 students from UNIS Hanoi have created an exhibition about the causes and effects of child labour in Vietnam. We’re excited to see what they will do next with their new knowledge about the challenges faced by children living in poverty.

16 May 2015

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation was most fortunate to meet Nadia Lim, a New Zealand MasterChef who visited Vietnam last week. Nadia took time to host a cooking demonstration during an amazing meal at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Proceeds of the event went to provide meals to hungry kids at the Blue Dragon centre. A wonderful event, a fantastic meal, and a great cause! Big thanks to the New Zealand Embassy for arranging this special night.

15 May 2015

It’s been a long journey… but these two survivors of trafficking to China are soon to be reunited with their families. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has traveled over 4000km to rescue and bring “Quy”, aged 12, and “Thuy”, aged 32, home to Vietnam. They were trafficked and sold separately, both as brides into forced marriages. Their traffickers have been arrested, and later today they will see their families for the first time in over 2 years.

13 May 2015

Over the past week, Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team has been involved in 4 cases of Vietnamese girls trafficked into China. Two are home now, and two more are on their way.
One reunion last night was particularly touching. As we took home “Su”, a 16 year old girl who was sold as a bride, she was met by her uncle outside their home. Su’s father died many years ago, and her uncle was in tears to see his niece again. But more than that, her uncle’s daughter has also been trafficked, and in meeting his niece again he desperately hopes to find some information about where his own child might be.
This is a family that has been devastated by human trafficking. We will do our best to find Su’s cousin, and to bring their traffickers to justice.

12 May 2015

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is gearing up for the 2015 annual appeal, which will be launched soon to rescue kids in crisis throughout Vietnam. This year’s appeal has a special twist: we’ve asked the kids at our centre to contribute their skills to make the appeal a success. Several children have taken to the streets with cameras to capture images expressing their ideas… We can’t wait to show you what they’ve come up with!

7 May 2015

BIG congratulations to Tuan Anh, a Blue Dragon boy who has just passed his Grade 9 exams with flying colours. Tuan Anh’s average result is over 90%… an incredible testament to his hard work and commitment to study. Well done, little brother!

6 May 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A teenage boy with a heart to share.

5 May 2015

Hot off the press! It’s time for Dragon Tales…

Blue Dragon is committed to changing lives for life. We reach out to children and their families long-term: getting kids off the streets and back to school or training, and giving trafficking survivors the chance to rebuild their stolen lives.

In this issue, you’ll meet:

  • Trang, who’s recently been given her first legal documents
  • Lan, who is making plans for life after school
  • Confident and optimistic Luong
  • Social worker Phuong, who is improving the lives of kids with disabilities
  • Volunteer Luke, who mentors street kids with music

Click here to read the May 2015 issue of Dragon Tales

5 May 2015

Building confidence is a life long journey, but is especially important for teens and young adults. In recent weeks the Blue Dragon girls have been meeting on weekends to share and learn together about valuing themselves, caring for their mental and physical health, and dealing with life’s many stresses. These are important lessons that they will carry through life!

3 May 2015

The Blue Dragon teens are back at their studies this morning, learning what it means to be a Social Worker and help others. Today’s lesson is about the values, attitudes and ethics that Social Workers need. The kids have been discussing respect, honesty, forgiveness and other values, and applying them to real-life situations. A fascinating lesson to be a part of!

2 May 2015

Coming soon to Auckland, NZ: a chance to really fight for the kids of Blue Dragon! Come and watch this amateur boxing event on May 28, or sponsor a boxer, and raise money to protect kids in Vietnam.

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30 April 2015

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has just brought home a young Vietnamese woman, “Hong”, who was trafficked to China 8 years ago, aged 16. She’s been through an horrific ordeal, traded between brothels and never believing she would make it home again. But today Hong is back in her mother’s house just outside Hanoi, filled with both fear and anticipation for the future. The road to recovery is long and uncertain, but Hong has a chance now that she never thought possible. In a world of crisis and disaster, there is still reason to hope.
(Photo below shows “Hong” last night crossing between China and Vietnam in an official handover between police).

> Read more about Blue Dragon’s trafficking work

28 April 2015

It’s Hung Kings’ Day, a national holiday throughout Vietnam. Blue Dragon kids are enjoying the day off, happy to have a chance to just play and relax!

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28 April 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A 4000km round trip to rescue a 13 year old girl from trafficking.

27 April 2015

The Great Minsk Charity Rally departs Hanoi on May 15 for a 3 day “Northern Exposure” journey. Have an awesome time riding through Vietnam while raising money to help local kids. Sign up soon!

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26 April 2015

Today was the launch of a special 10-week training program at Blue Dragon, teaching youth who want to learn to care for others. The course teaches young people from disadvantaged backgrounds what it means to be a Social Worker and how to help others in need. This morning’s class focused on the difference between ‘Charity’ and ‘Social Work’. Next week, we will discuss what attitudes and values Social Workers need when helping others.

Read more about our work

23 April 2015

If you’re in Hanoi this Saturday, head over to Al Frescos at 24 Quang An for breakfast (7-11am) or lunch (12.30-2.30pm). To mark ANZAC Day, they’re generously donating 20% of their profits to Blue Dragon. Book early to ensure you get a table – it will be a big day! joshua@alfrescosgroup.com

More Blue Dragon events

20 April 2015

Blue Dragon and UNIS Hanoi have been working together to help a family improve their income and their health. Just 30km from Hanoi, the family of 4 has been struggling since the death of their father in 2005. With some helping hands and the knowledge of the UNIS gardeners, we’ve built up their vegetable patch, fenced it in, and planted the first of many seedlings. A days’ worth of work will keep this family eating well for many months to come, and they should even have some vegies left over to sell at the local market!

Read more about our work

19 April 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: Momentum is building for a major revision of the law.

17 April 2015

For 2 years, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been dealing with the issue of street boys being sexually abused by pedophile rings in Hanoi. Today we took a major step in the search for justice: a conference with the Vietnamese Police Academy to address the shortcomings of the law on child protection. Until the penal code is reformed, boys cannot be safe from abuse. We’ll keep on working with children, families, communities and police to do all we can to protect Vietnam’s vulnerable children.

Read more on our blog

16 April 2015

The Blue Dragon kids have been learning how to handle money, with some help from our friends at ANZ Vietnam. ANZ’s ‘Money Minded’ course trained 25 teens at the Blue Dragon centre to plan for their future needs and to make their money last through careful planning. Best of all, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and went home with some new ideas!

Read more about our work

15 April 2015

Great news: After 8 months of being held as a slave in China, “Q” has now crossed the border back to Vietnam, accompanied by Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team. Q was sold into a forced marriage against her will, but made contact with Blue Dragon and was set free just days ago. Soon she will be reunited with her family, and we hope she can start a new life of freedom.

> Read more about Blue Dragon’s trafficking work

14 April 2015

Tonight the Blue Dragon Rescue Team is preparing to help a trafficked Vietnamese woman back across the border from China. “Q” is a young mother who was lured to China 8 months ago on the promise of steady employment but was instead sold into a forced marriage. When it dawned on her tonight that she really is going to see her family again, she burst into a flood of tears. This is a young woman who has had a severely traumatic experience, but has never lost the will to get back home.

> Read more about Blue Dragon’s trafficking work

13 April 2015

Quoc was 12 years old and living in rural Bac Ninh province, 2 hours north of Hanoi. He had a difficult life, growing up in poverty with a very ill mother. Quoc appeared to be a normal, healthy child but he had suffered a brain aneurysm in Grade 2 and never fully recovered.

He passed away in a local hospital having had a stroke in his sleep.

Despite his poor health and difficult family circumstances, Quoc did well at school, even receiving certificates of excellence for his studies, and he loved football. He was studying Grade 7 with support from Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, dreaming of a better life ahead.

> Full story on the Blue Dragon Blog

12 April 2015

A common misconception about street kids is that they are all orphans and have no families. While most street kids may be separated from their families, perhaps by abandonment or neglect, there is nearly always an aunty, uncle, or grandparent, if not a parent, who can be found. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation works with family members as well as kids, aiming to rebuild fractured relationships and enable families to care for each other. Our recent training day for families and carers was a great opportunity to teach parenting skills while having lots of laughs and sharing personal stories along the way.

> Read more about our work

10 April 2015

Rally Indochina has been riding through Vietnam to raise money for the fight against child trafficking. At times along the way the riders leave their Soviet-era Urals behind and set off where even motorbikes cannot go!

9 April 2015

American friends! Your donations to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation USA are fully tax deductible.

8 April 2015

Circus, DJ, and Streets Arts classes are teaching the Blue Dragon kids skills for life, as well as employment.

7 April 2015

Rally Indochina 2015 is underway! The riders dropped by Blue Dragon this morning for breakfast, and will soon be on the road to Hoi An. As well as having an amazing journey, the money they have raised will be used to fight child trafficking in Vietnam.

6 April 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: For children escaping slavery and abuse, the trauma continues long after the crisis has ended.

6 April 2015

Smoking is a major health issue in Vietnam, with 100 people dying daily from smoking-related diseases. And smokers start young: it is quite common to see children as young as 12 puffing on a cigarette. At Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, we are starting an education campaign for our teens to teach kids about the dangers of smoking, and help them to quit. Our efforts have started small, but we hope to reach more children and youth over time and get out the message that smoking is unhealthy.

5 April 2015

Even Bluey has been enjoying some chocolate this weekend! Happy Easter to all our friends around the world.

3 April 2015

Fifteen year old Linh has just returned home, after being trafficked to China to work as slave labour. Linh escaped his captors and was brought back to the border of Vietnam by a friendly stranger, where Blue Dragon picked him up and brought him home. Linh has had a very long and frightening journey, and is now relieved to finally be back with his family.

3 April 2015

Enjoying a long weekend? Take an hour to listen to Blue Dragon’s founder, Michael Brosowski, talking with Richard Fidler about Vietnam, human trafficking, and the hope for better days ahead.

1 April 2015

In recent days, Blue Dragon has reunited 2 homeless boys with their families in rural Vietnam. Many children leave home and come to the cities, but sometimes can return with a little counselling and support. Reunions often involve long journeys to remote communities; our staff snapped this photo of the road home last week. Fortunately, the journey in this case was worthwhile; the family and their son are now happily back together.

31 March 2015

Blue Dragon has published a FREE manual on how to prevent human trafficking to sweatshops, and how to rescue children who have already been trafficked. It’s available to download from our website, and we are running training sessions with community members and officials in the districts around Vietnam that are hardest-hit by trafficking. Everywhere we go, we find people can’t put it down. The hunger to stop human trafficking is very real, and we believe that together we can make a difference!

29 March 2015

Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team has been working through the weekend on some important cases. ‘Luan’, the young mother trafficked to China, has just been reunited with her 2 infant children. A 15 year old girl who was lured into China and sold to a sex ring was rescued on Saturday, and is now back in Vietnam. And a tip-off has led us to rescuing 6 ethnic minority people who were en route to China where they were to be sold into slave labour and the sex trade.

29 March 2015

A big THANK YOU to Blue Dragon supporter Jaki, who raised over £600 with her wonderful Papaya Verte Supper Club in Norwich, UK. Jaki and her dedicated team of volunteers cooked up a Vietnamese feast for their 24 diners, who enjoyed classics such as pho bo and summer rolls. Thanks to Jaki, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will be serving up healthy meals for hungry street kids in Hanoi! Visit our events page to check out our upcoming events.

28 March 2015

Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team yesterday brought home a young Vietnamese mother, ‘Luan’, who had been trafficked and sold into China last year. Today, Luan is recovering in a safe house and receiving the love and care she needs. She will soon work with police to see her traffickers arrested. Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support!

28 March 2015

There’s a lot of great action in support of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation this weekend! The Ngaio Book Fair is taking place today in New Zealand, and a 42km walk will be held tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia. Be sure to check the Blue Dragon website for info on coming events – including a concert in Sydney on Easter Monday and motorbike rides through Vietnam in April and May. There are many ways to get involved!

27 March 2015

HAPPENING NOW: Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team has just brought back to Vietnam a young woman who was sold as a bride into China late last year. A mother of 2 infants, “Luan” was lured across the border on the pretext of a business trip, and then taken against her will. She was threatened with being sold to work on a fishing boat if she did not submit to her new husband, who paid $15,000 to ‘own’ her.

Desperate to return home to her children, Luan found a way to call for help. Blue Dragon passed information on to the Chinese police who set her free, and today we have walked her across the border. Tonight she will be reunited with her children, and Blue Dragon will work with Vietnamese authorities to ensure her traffickers are arrested.

26 March 2015

With summer arriving in northern Vietnam, the Blue Dragon kids are heading to pools to learn to swim. Over 30 children drown in Vietnam every day; teaching water safety is a serious task with a powerful impact.

26 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: Despite extraordinary difficulties, Vietnamese kids show resilience time and again.

25 March 2015

Listen in to Blue Dragon’s founder, Michael Brosowski, being interviewed by Adam Shand on Radio 6PR.

25 March 2015

The Blue Dragon Hip Hop Crew took to the stage over the weekend, performing at the UNIS Hanoi Spring Fair. It’s fantastic to see the kids shine like this: just a year ago, dance was completely new to them, but through lessons and practice they have grown in confidence and developed their own style. They have so much to be proud of!

24 March 2015

This time last week, 7 year old ‘Thu’ was being held by a family in China, having been kidnapped from her family in Vietnam and sold across the border. Since the Blue Dragon Rescue Team brought her home last Tuesday, Thu has been reunited with her family… and now she’s back at school! Thu has shown remarkable bravery and character. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will keep supporting Thu and her community to make sure children in their area are safe from traffickers and do not have to fear that this will happen again. Full story on the blog.

23 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: “There really is something we can do, if only we make the effort.”

22 March 2015

Blue Dragon’s role in the fight against human trafficking has made the headlines:

March 2015

Get ready, New Zealand! The annual Blue Dragon Book Fair is coming up on Saturday March 28 in Ngaio. Be sure to arrive early for this important and popular event!

21 March 2015

April is the month for Grade 12 students throughout Vietnam to choose which university or college course to join once they complete high school. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been running workshops in rural areas with over 500 students to help them think about their future, and encourage them to aim high!

20 March 2015

In recent weeks Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been involved in the rescue of almost 60 children and young adults from slavery and trafficking. But we also go to great lengths to prevent kids from being trafficked in the first place. This week we trained 241 community members and officials to detect possible trafficking situations and intervene, using our recently-published handbook. It’s encouraging to see the strong interest from all community members in protecting their kids from human traffickers.

19 March 2015

7 year old ‘Thi’, rescued on Tuesday night by Blue Dragon after being kidnapped and sold to China, has just spent her first night at home after 2 terrifying weeks. Thi has told the police all she knows, and the trafficker has been detained. We now know that Thi was sold for $750. It seems the family in China who bought her saw this as a short-cut to adoption – but many details are still unclear.

19 March 2015

Tonight’s major event in Melbourne will raise money to build a boarding home for ethnic minority students in Vietnam. Kids who drop out of school are the most likely to get trafficked; tonight we will do our bit together to keep kids safe. Join with Blue Dragon and Roll’d. Vietnamese Street Food to make a lasting impact.

18 March 2015

BREAKING NEWS: The Blue Dragon Rescue Team has just rescued a 7 year old H’mong girl, kidnapped and sold into China. Full story on the blog.

17 March 2015

Extreme poverty and the lack of decent education facilities mean many kids in Vietnam end up living on the streets or are trafficked into slavery. In partnership with Rolld. Vietnamese Street Food, Blue Dragon is raising $150,000 to build a boarding home for 150 ethnic minority students in remote Dien Bien province. You can donate using our fundraising page. Donations are tax free to Australian tax payers.

16 March 2015

Home at last: 16 year old Sung, the Vietnamese boy trafficked to China, has just been reunited with his family. Sung is from northern Vietnam, and lives with his mother and 5 brothers; their father died 3 years ago. Sung, in the white shirt, has been through a terrible ordeal, but is fortunate to have escaped his traffickers and made it home. Blue Dragon staff are with him in his village this morning to work with his mother and local officials, and to re-enroll him in school. More details of the story are the Blue Dragon blog.

15 March 2015

The Blue Dragon United soccer players have been trying something completely new: Gaelic Football! And this weekend, the U13 team won its first ever game in a tournament. No wonder they’re jumping for joy!

14 March 2015

Here’s an update on ‘Dinh’, a boy from central Vietnam. Before Christmas we shared that Dinh couldn’t get the smile off his face after earning a place in a training program at a French bakery. Three months into his ‘pre-training’, Dinh has earned the respect of the bakery owner who praises his ‘can do’ attitude and has given him baking responsibilities, including making these great bread rolls.

The on-the-job training is also helping his studies, bringing maths to life as he measures the ingredients. Well done Dinh!

13 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A Vietnamese boy trafficked to China escapes, and his story raises fears of a new danger.

12 March 2015

CASE UPDATE: In October last year, Blue Dragon came across a terrible case of a 14 year old disabled boy, ‘T’, in central Vietnam who had been beaten and raped by a neighbour. With support from friends around the world, we paid T’s hospital bills, helped his family through the recovery, and provided legal advocacy to ensure justice.

This week, T’s attacker faced court and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. While this punishment is very low by international standards, the fact that the attacker went to court at all is a major achievement; in Vietnam, the sexual abuse of boys is not yet against the law. Your support for T and Blue Dragon in this case means we can continue advocating to the government to reform the child protection law, and ensure that kids like T will be better protected in future.

12 March 2015

The Blue Dragon Rescue Team sends a big THANK YOU to all our friends who have sent their support in the past week, following the rescues of 56 Vietnamese people being trafficked to China. All 56 are back in their homes now, and we are planning to work with their communities that this kind of deception cannot take place again.

11 March 2015

Follow the link to listen in to a discussion about human trafficking on Australia’s Radio National this morning with Blue Dragon’s founder, Michael Brosowski.

11 March 2015

Australian supporters! On Thursday, 19 March, Rolld Australia will proudly partner with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to present 150 for 150, the night Melbourne comes together to raise $150,000 to house 150 of Vietnam’s most vulnerable kids.

You’re invited to the Bond Bar in Melbourne to enjoy cocktails, the best Vietnamese street eats around, door raffle prizes and silent auctions with a secret celebrity auctioneer to boot.Ticket price $60 per head with all proceeds going to Blue Dragon.

Having heard and witnessed the amazing work Blue Dragon has been doing to rescue kids and reunite families in Vietnam, Rolld was compelled to join their cause and form a partnership that will help create life-changing opportunities for children and young people.

Providing a safe place and then education are the first primary steps. Through the ‘Build a House’ campaign Rolld are committed to raising $150,000 to make this happen. The Rolld family are passionate about supporting the Blue Dragon family and we look forward to a long partnership to benefit the most vulnerable children in Vietnam. Donate to 150 for 150.

9 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A huge week at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, with 56 victims of human trafficking rescued, and 1 street kid reunited with his mother.

8 March 2015

UPDATE: Following the rescue of 16 victims of human trafficking being taken from Vietnam to China, police and Blue Dragon learned of two more buses with another 17 people, and were able to intervene. In total, 33 victims of trafficking were being taken to the border, including both children and young adults. All are now free and giving statements to police (pictured); the traffickers are in custody but more arrests will be made. Details to follow on the Blue Dragon Blog.

8 March 2015

IT’S DONE: Blue Dragon has spent the morning tracking a group of traffickers taking 16 children and young adults to China. As their bus (the grey mini-van, pictured) approached the Chinese border, Vietnamese police have swooped in and intervened. The traffickers are now in custody, and the 16 people set free. All are headed to the police station to give statements right now.

8 March 2015

HAPPENING NOW: Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team is in pursuit of a ring of traffickers taking ethnic minority children and young adults to China. This ring is likely related to the group we intercepted earlier in the week; they’ve been very clever in trying to hide their plans but we are still on their tail. More news to follow!

7 March 2015

Police are continuing to investigate the human trafficking ring that was caught yesterday taking 27 ethnic minority people to China. Their victims had no idea what they were destined for and are relieved to be safe. While all of this has been developing, the Blue Dragon team has also been training officials and community members in ethnic minority areas to prevent human trafficking, using the manual we published just last week:

6 March 2015

MASS TRAFFICKING RING ARRESTED: On Thursday morning, Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team received a tip-off from a community member that a major trafficking ring was planning to take up to 100 ethnic minority people from northern Vietnam to China. The victims were to be taken in 3 groups and their final destination was unknown, but the people had been promised high paying jobs.

Acting on this information, Blue Dragon coordinated with Vietnamese police to intercept the traffickers en route. Two female traffickers were arrested, in the company of 27 people, including men, women, and children as young as 14 years old.

All of the victims of this trafficking ring were Thai ethnic minority citizens from remote Dien Bien province.

Over night the traffickers revealed to police that they would have been paid $10,000 for getting their 27 victims across the border, and that so far this year they have already trafficked 70 other people.

We expect that more people will be arrested today, and we hope to work with the Chinese police to start looking for victims of this ring who are already enslaved in China. While this is a great outcome for a day’s work, it is deeply worrying that the traffickers are still so bold and greedy.

4 March 2015

It’s true! Hip hop classes at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation really have taught the kids to fly!

2 March 2015

Everyone’s getting ready for Rally Indochina! Ride Viet Nam, and raise money to rescue trafficked kids.

2 March 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: An eventful weekend gives the kids a chance to shine in the face of adversity.

1 March 2015

Students of the London School of Economics raised £300 for the kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation by selling sweets that they prepared and packaged themselves. Thanks everyone for making this wonderful effort!

28 February 2015

Introducing the ‘Blue Dragon Crew’. The Blue Dragon kids have been taking hip hop classes for about six months and improve every week. They are now so good that they have started getting bookings, including teaching younger kids at a recent fundraiser and performing at the Blue Dragon Tet Awards. Don’t they look great and so very professional in their new uniforms? More photos of the 2015 Tet Awards.

27 February 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: A roundup of recent news related to human trafficking and child welfare in Vietnam and around the world.

27 February 2015

Blue Dragon has published a new resource for Vietnamese police and officials to help them in the fight against child trafficking to sweatshops. This practical manual offers guidance and advice on how to identify if kids have been trafficked; rescue them; bring them home; and prosecute those who exploit children. The manual will be distributed to trafficking hot spots, and it’s free to download from the website. Share this with anyone interested in fighting the trafficking of children!

26 February 2015

Throughout Vietnam, students in their final year of high school are starting to prepare for their university entrance exams. The teens who come toBlue Dragon Children’s Foundation are all from disadvantaged backgrounds, so need extra help to get them ready. Over the coming weeks, Blue Dragon is running Examination Preparedness workshops to teach the kids how to study well, and give them every chance to pursue their dreams.

25 February 2015

It’s important that all kids develop the skills they need to find their perfect job when they grow up. Blue Dragon’s Disability Services Coordinator has been working with our friends at ANZ Bank Vietnam to run disability-friendly versions of our career orientation workshops, complete with a signing translator for kids who are hearing impaired. The kids report that they love the classes, and are learning so much about themselves!

http://www.bluedragon.org/meet-the-kids/disabilities/

23 February 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: Blue Dragon’s founder shares the sorrow of a pained year, and the hope that Vietnamese street children can be better protected.

21 February 2015

Nothing is greater than seeing a young person rise above their difficulties to make something of their life. Young “Nam,” pictured, was born into extreme poverty and ended up working in a sweatshop far from home. But Blue Dragon found him and offered him a chance to change. We gave him a place to live and helped him join a vocational training program to work in hospitality.

Nam has now graduated and works as a security guard in one of Hanoi’s 5-star hotels. He has a good income and still lives in the Blue Dragon Transition Home while he is saving some money for his future. He’s as proud as can be – that smile says it all!

20 February 2015

Here’s a great blog post written by a coach of Blue Dragon’s new Gaelic Football team. March 14 will be the team’s first match so stay tuned for updates!

19 February 2015

How’s this for a great way to start the new lunar year: a special message from the kids of Tuggerah Public School in Australia! Chuc mung nam moi to you too, girls and boys!

19 February 2015

30 hard working Blue Dragon children received awards at the recent 10th Annual Tet Awards. These awards are not only for achievement, but also for effort: to recognise the kids who have really tried hard to improve their lives and change their behaviour. There was also a display of ‘then’ and ‘now’ photos to show everyone how much they have grown and changed since we first met them. Well done everyone, we are so proud of you!

19 February 2015

Today is the first day of the new Lunar Year, the Year of the Goat. Blue Dragon’s Hip Hop Crew wish you a very Happy New Year, or as we say here in Vietnam: Chuc mung nam moi!

17 February 2015

Thao is a Blue Dragon tertiary student who volunteers at one of our community centres in Hue, central Vietnam. She supports kids at risk of being trafficked with lessons and activities, and loves to join in the childrens’ games. It’s great to see young people like Thao growing up and wanting to help other kids to have a good life too!

15 February 2015

Tết is the Vietnamese New Year, a very special time for families in Vietnam. At Blue Dragon, our kids might not all have families to celebrate with, but we make sure that everyone has something to smile about. There’s special food and gifts and, most importantly, the chance to get together. Check out the photos from Blue Dragon’s Tết celebrations.

15 February 2015

Three Vietnamese girls trafficked into a Chinese brothel are now safely across the border and on their way home. While being held captive, the girls were in contact with Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team and took an opportunity to escape then go into hiding. We’ve located them, brought them back to Vietnam, and they’ve just finished making statements to police.

Today is the birthday of one of the girls, who described her feeling as being given a new life. Many challenges lay ahead, but for this moment that are all safe and well, and will soon be in the arms of their loving families.

15 February 2015

Are you a biker with a sense of adventure? Do you want to change the lives of kids who have been trafficked? Then sign up for Rally Indochina 2015 (6-15 April)! This amazing 9 day ride follows the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail from Hanoi to Hoi An and will raise urgently-needed funds for Blue Dragon’s rescue work. Sign up today, and invite your friends to join you!

14 February 2015

On Tuesday we posted about 3 Vietnamese girls who have been trafficked to China but escaped the brothel that was holding them captive. Since then they have been in hiding, waiting for the Blue Dragon Rescue Team to reach them, and today we have finally made contact. They are heading home, but not completely safe yet. We expect them and our team members to be right out of danger by Sunday night. This is a Valentines Day that these teen girls will never forget: the day they regained their freedom.

12 February 2015

BREAKING NEWS: In September 2014, Blue Dragon came across a severely disabled 14 year old boy, ‘T’, who had been beaten and raped by a neighbour. Many of our friends around the world donated to support T with his medical needs and to help his desperately poor family find justice. Right now, Blue Dragon’s Chief Lawyer is representing T in court. We hope this boy and his family will see justice today.
http://www.bluedragon.org/justice-for-t/

11 February 2015

The whole school community dressed up in preparation for Blue Dragon’s visit!

10 February 2015

For the past 10 days, Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team has been communicating with a 17 year old Vietnamese girl who was trafficked and sold to a Chinese brothel. Desperate to escape, she had an opportunity yesterday to run away and has done so with 2 other girls. They are in hiding and waiting for our team to find them, so they can get back to safety in Vietnam. The girls have been incredibly brave to take this risk; it shows that they will do anything to escape the horrors of sex slavery.

9 February 2015

The girls and boys of Blue Dragon’s soccer team, Blue Dragon United, have been trying their hand on Monday nights at Gaelic football. With some training and practice, they’re starting to get into the swing of it – and they are really benefiting from the extra teamwork and exercise!

6 February 2015

Last night the Blue Dragon kids in Hanoi celebrated the 10th Tet Awards, our annual Lunar New Year party. Kids young and old joined in to eat, play, sing, dance and remember the year gone by. It was an awesome night, and a chance for the kids to stand in the spotlight and shine. Watch out for the Blue Dragon blog on Monday to read more about this very special event!

5 February 2015

This is the new house that Blue Dragon has just finished building for Ngan and her mother in northern Dien Bien province. This new building means that Ngan can have a warm house this winter, with a space to study and a proper kitchen and bathroom! — at Dien Bien Province, Vietnam

5 February 2015

Blue Dragon has just finished building a new house for Ngan and her mother in northern Dien Bien province. This new building means that Ngan can have a warm house this winter, with a space to study and a proper kitchen and bathroom! This is her original house. — at Dien Bien Province, Vietnam

4 February 2015

Here’s the Blue Dragon Hip Hop Crew just before they went into action for a local fundraiser. Thanks to all their teachers and supporters; we’re predicting a few more gigs over the next year.

3 February 2015

One more suspected trafficker arrested! This was a Blue Dragon rescue from December last year. A young woman had been tricked by a ”friend’ in her hometown of central Vietnam to travel to China, thinking she was going to a good job. Instead, once over the border, she was sold to a trafficker who told her she had three choices: sold to a brothel, sold to forced marriage or die.

This man must now stand trial for what he has done to her. And he will never be able to do this to another girl again.

We’re happy to report that the young woman has been reunited with her young son after her forced marriage ordeal and is in regular contact with Blue Dragon’s psychologist. We are offering support for vocational training and hoping that she’ll be able to set up her own small business over time. One more success, many more to come.

2 February 2015

One by one, the 7 trafficked girls Blue Dragon brought back from China to Vietnam over a week ago are returning home to their families. Every reunion is beautiful, as the girls embrace mothers, fathers, and siblings who never thought they would see them again.

2 February 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon blog: It’s wedding season in Vietnam, and the Blue Dragon family keeps on growing.

1 February 2015

We’re rehearsing for Blue Dragon’s 10th annual Tet party! Tet is the Vietnamese lunar new year and Vietnam’s biggest holiday. It is a time for celebration and family – two things that are very important here at Blue Dragon.

31 January 2015

A Supper Club for Blue Dragon! If you have ever wanted to give UK’s supper club trend a try, now is your perfect chance. On Friday, 20 March, UK supporter Jaki will host a Papaya Verte Supper Club in Norwich to raise funds for Blue Dragon’s work with street kids in Hanoi. Visit our Events page for more details: www.bluedragon.org/get-involved/events.

31 January 2015

The Blue Dragon kids had a great day with their new friends from Mercy College in Australia. The students are visiting Vietnam as part of an educational tour and took time out to meet the kids and take them bowling. Thanks girls, we had so much fun!

30 January 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: The first in an occasional roundup of news stories about the issues impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world.

30 January 2015

No tears, only smiles! Blue Dragon’s rescue of 7 girls trafficked to brothels and forced marriages in China had a happy ending yesterday. Our legal team accompanied one of the girls to her countryside home – and her mother’s waiting arms.

Three more girls will be brought home today. They’ll all be making statements to the police and we are hoping to report on quite a few arrests in coming weeks.

30 January 2015

If eating healthy and fundraising for Blue Dragon are two of your New Year’s resolutions, here’s a great way to do both. Healthy Fundraising is an alternative to the usual office or school snack boxes. It’s a great way to get family, friends, classmates and colleagues involved, and encourage them to snack healthy. For more information please visit the Healthy Fundraising website.

29 January 2015

Another of the Blue Dragon ‘old boys’ married today. It’s wonderful to see the kids overcoming the difficulties they’ve faced as young people and making something great of their lives. Congratulations Tinh!

26 January 2015

Today on the Blue Dragon Blog: a reflection on the many and difficult journeys taken by Vietnamese kids.

25 January 2015

Ever wondered about the story of the Blue Dragon logo? Our friendly dragon was drawn 12 years ago by street kids in an art lesson; Dung, pictured, drew the outline that volunteer graphic designer Marc Portell later used to create what is now our logo. Dung was a shoeshine boy at the time, but went on to study hospitality. He now has his own family and works for an international company importing fine foods into Vietnam. Much has changed, but Dung’s drawing has lasted through the years!

23 January 2015

Blue Dragon - Hilton Hanoi Opera presentationThe Blue Dragon kids have received a wonderful gift from our friends at the Hilton Hanoi Opera: a donation from the sale of their beautiful Christmas dolls! The hotel’s generosity will provide street kids with nutritious hot meals to ward off the winter chill.

23 January 2015

Yesterday afternoon, these 7 Vietnamese girls crossed from China back into Vietnam after months of slavery as forced brides and sex slaves in brothels. It’s extraordinary to think that young people face such dangers in our world today; and yet Blue Dragon is receiving new calls for help every day. The fight against human trafficking is vital and urgent. Let’s never forget the millions of girls and boys throughout the world who are denied their freedom and are desperate for someone to help.
http://www.bluedragon.org/meet-the-kids/trafficked-kids/

22 January 2015

After weeks of investigation behind the scenes, tonight the Blue Dragon rescue team has brought home 7 Vietnamese girls who were trafficked into China for sale to the sex industry. Four of the girls we rescued ourselves, while 3 more were rescued by Chinese police and handed over to us at the border. All are well and glad to be back in Vietnam; and while they have a long road ahead to recover and be reunited with their anxious families, the girls can already feel the joy of freedom.

21 January 2015

Blue Dragon kids love their hip hop! At the ‘Battle Kidz 2014’ dance competition, the younger kids were placed in the top 16, a really proud moment for us all.

19 January 2015

Today Blue Dragon is working in central Vietnam with communities who have been targeted by human traffickers. Alongside government officials, we are registering people who have no legal identification, such as birth certificates, and who therefore are not protected by the law. Through simple and inexpensive campaigns like this, we can register 200 or more people in a day, strengthening entire communities against trafficking and ensuring a better future for everybody.

18 January 2015

It’s nearly that time of year again: Lunar New Year! Here’s a look back to how Blue Dragon celebrated Tet in 2014.

16 January 2015

In recent weeks Blue Dragon has been investigating the case of a 17 year old Vietnamese girl trafficked to China. While making plans to conduct a rescue operation, we have come across information about 6 more young women in a similar situation, trafficked into forced marriages. We are working with the Chinese police now to get all these girls back home to safety.

16 January 2015

Ride through Vietnam with Rally Indochina this April! You’ll see some of the country’s most amazing, off-the-road locations, while raising money to fight human trafficking. This is the trip of a life time!

14 January 2015

Blue Dragon is well known for our rescues of Vietnamese girls and young women trafficked into China. But we also work with the border guards and police who patrol the northern border between the two countries, helping them to stop the trafficking before it takes place. Last week we trained 80 guards from Lao Cai province, the ‘north pole’ of Vietnam, to detect potential trafficking situations and intervene within the bounds of the law. Steps like this may be small, but they all add up to the bigger picture of a world where traffickers cannot get away with their crimes.

14 January 2015

The rooftop at our centre was abuzz again today, as the Blue Dragon kids brought in another fresh harvest. A dedicated group of Blue Dragon boys and girls have been working with the United Nations International School of Hanoi’s gardening teacher for several months and have created an amazing and abundant rooftop vegetable garden.

12 January 2015

Blue Dragon kids are going to DJ School! Joined by our resident DJ Bảo Bảo and his mentor, Luke, the kids are learning to cue, cut and juggle with the best of them. We‘re thrilled to see them putting their passion for music into practice.ragon kids are going to DJ School! Joined by our resident DJ Bảo Bảo and his mentor, Luke, the kids are learning to cue, cut and juggle with the best of them. We‘re thrilled to see them putting their passion for music into practice.

9 January 2015

This week, two trafficked girls rescued by Blue Dragon are seeing justice served. The man who trafficked the girls from northern Vietnam to China when they were just 16 years old is finally on trial.

Blue Dragon has been working with the authorities since May when the girls, so desperate to escape from their trafficker, jumped from a 3rd floor window. We’re now representing them in court, and the case is strongly in their favour.

The photo shows one of the girls with her mother making a statement to support her case: this has been an empowering process and – especially when sentencing takes place – a giant step away from their trauma to a better future.

2 January 2015

Fundraising Friday! A big Blue Dragon thank you to this 8 year old student from Singapore, who raised $100 US for Blue Dragon’s work with street kids by selling lemonade. It particularly brightens our day when we hear of such a young child who wants to help other kids. Thanks you, you rock! www.bluedragon.org/get-involved/fundraise/

1 January 2015

New year, new home! 12 year old Nam couldn’t be happier, as he can now celebrate the New Year with his family in their brand new home. We first introduced you to Nam a couple of weeks ago, when the house was only a third complete. Construction was finished earlier than expected, so what a great start to the New Year for Nam and his family! A big thank you to our generous donor who made this possible.

Please contact info@bdcf.org if you would like to help build homes for very poor families like Nam’s.

1 January 2015

The Blue Dragon kids, staff and volunteers wish you a very Happy New Year. Thank you for your generous support in 2014 and we look forward to another great year in 2015. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

31 December 2014

Do you want to do something really special or different next year? Have you ever wanted to ride the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam on a vintage URAL or Minsk motorbike? Now is the perfect time to sign up for Rally Indochina. Nine days of great riding, scenery and food. Enjoy the freedom of the open road whilst helping Blue Dragon raise funds to rescue, protect and rebuild the lives of children trafficked to slave labour. 2015 is a great year to get on ‘yer bike!

30 December 2014

If you have been following the story of Bao Bao, Blue Dragon’s resident DJ, you will be as excited as we were to here about his latest gig. Word has spread about Bao Bao’s talent and passion, so when local supporters were were looking for a DJ for their fundraising event, Bao Bao was an obvious choice. “Everybody was so excited during the event,” said Long, Blue Dragon Outreach worker. “The audience loved Bao Bao. I think he has a great future ahead of him as a DJ.”

29 December 2014

Blue Dragon works at the front line of Vietnam’s anti-trafficking movement. Since 2005, we have rescued 370 girls, boys, men and women from forced labour and sex slavery. Today we are holding an anti-trafficking dialogue with police and government staff in remote Dien Bien province, a major source site for human trafficking, to bring together key officials involved in this important work. By sharing information about our experiences, and giving other stakeholders a chance to share their knowledge, we will make it harder for human traffickers to continue their terrible trade.

27 December 2014

We are always amazed by the creative ideas that our friends around the world come up with to help the kids of Blue Dragon. So we were particularly impressed by young Aussie supporter Oli’s entrepreneurial spirit and hard work. As part of a Friends School project, Oli turned a $5 loan into $500 for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in just two weeks, by selling Blue Dragon products, mowing lawns, washing cars and organising a “Flying the Flag for Blue Dragon” event. Thanks Oli, what an amazing effort!

26 December 2014

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been running a series of career orientation workshop for Blue Dragon teenagers. The latest workshop focused on conflict resolution, an important life skill, which is particularly important for those hoping to join the workforce soon. The group was counseled by a psychologist, who helped them understand their emotions and behavior, and the causes and solutions of conflict in communications with others. The kids really enjoyed the workshop and everyone passed the test! Thank you ANZ Vietnam for your generous support of these workshops.

25 December 2014

While most of us enjoy Christmas, it’s easy to take the parties and celebrations for granted – and even to find them a burden. But for the kids at Blue Dragon, this week’s Christmas party in central Vietnam was something special that they will never forget. For many, it was the first time they had ever celebrated Christmas or attended a Christmas event. Seeing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of 100 very excited kids made this Christmas extra special for us too! 

24 December 2014

Christmas has come early for 9 year old Hien and her family, who now have birth certificates and legal registration papers for the first time in their lives. Thanks to Blue Dragon supporters, Hien’s wish has come true and she will be able to start school next year!

24 December 2014

Only one more sleep and Rudolph will be on his way!

23 December 2014

“Thu” is feeling very lucky today. A great friend and Blue Dragon supporter in Tasmania, Sandie, has just sent her a brand new laptop to help with her university studies. Thu is studying foreign relations with a scholarship from Blue Dragon, and her life will be so much easier now that she has IT access around the clock!

22 December 2014

You first met Nga last week when we reported about her rescue from a forced marriage in China. Nga is now safely home with her children. Her story is one of the most disturbing we have heard, but also one of great hope, courage and the power of a mother’s love. Read the full story in our latest blog post.

21 December 2014

Santa, or should we say ‘Santas’, came to Blue Dragon today to bring some festive cheer to our Christmas Party. We hope you enjoy this special message from the Blue Dragon kids. Merry Christmas!

20 December 2014

Christmas gift idea! Author Curtis Norris has just published Magipelago, an interactive children’s book series. Proceeds from this wonderful adventure book will benefit the children at Blue Dragon. Purchase one today on Amazon; it’s a great story for a great cause!

19 December 2014

Great to see the new graduates from Restaurant Bobby Chinn and Blue Dragon training program showing off their certificates. Now they are ready to take on the restaurant world!

19 December 2014

Christmas Hue Style! The children at our centre in Hue, central Vietnam, went for a less traditional and more natural look when they decorated their Christmas tree. We think they did an amazing job and are very excited about their Christmas party on 24 December. www.bluedragon.org/christmas.

18 December 2014

Great news for the end of the year! American citizens can make tax deductible donations to Blue Dragon through Give2Asia. Take the chance to change a life today!

17 December 2014

Welcome home! This is the family home of 16 year old “Tho”, a boy from the northern mountains of Vietnam, who has spent 3 years homeless in and around Hanoi. Tho is tiny, weighing just 35kg and looks more like a 10-year old.

Over the past 3 years, Tho has been in and out of detention centres, lived rough in parks, and worked where ever he could to survive. But 2 weeks ago, he met the Blue Dragon Street Outreach team, and now, for the first time in years, he is home with his family.

Taking Tho home involved a 3 day round trip, but it was essential to be there with him to ensure he was safe and comfortable, and his family understood what he has been through. In coming weeks, Tho will return to Hanoi so he can join a training program and eventually find a job; he will live in a Blue Dragon Shelter and we will make sure he doesn’t have to return to the streets.

We are all very happy to see Tho reunited with his family, and are committed to working with him in the coming months and years to ensure he can have the bright future he deserves.

16 December 2014

The Blue Dragon kids are getting ready for Christmas and did a wonderful job of dressing up the Drop in Centre tree. www.bluedragon.org/christmas

12 December 2014

At Blue Dragon, dreams really do come true. We are now about a third of the way into building a new traditional stilt house for 12 year old Nam and his family. It may look simple, but to this family, it’s a dream home.

Blue Dragon rescued Nam from a sweatshop last year and has been supporting him to stay in school. The construction of the house is part of our ongoing commitment to keep Nam safe and sound, and to ‘trafficker proof’ his family and their community.

Thanks to a generous Blue Dragon donor, they should be safe in their new home in the new year. If you’d like to help build homes for very poor families like Nam’s, you can donate to the Red Stocking Christmas Campaign Building Fund: www.bluedragon.org/christmas

10 December 2014

After a long search in a distant province in China, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff have been able to bring a young woman trafficked to a forced marriage back to Vietnam. Another young woman is safe!

Although she is very tired from her escape and her journey, she is determined to see her traffickers brought to justice. Today, she will make a statement to the police. We feel confident that her statement will lead to an arrest.

In the next couple of days, when the arrests have been made, we will let you know the story of her ordeal and her escape.

10 December 2014

Vietnam-based artist, Matthew James, has been helping Blue Dragon kids express themselves with graffiti art. This week, the kids created T-shirt designs using stencils they made and designed themselves. We have some very gifted artists at Blue Dragon!

9 December 2014

The 5 girls rescued at the Chinese border last week are now back home with their families! The girls were certainly about to be sold to brothels and a life of slavery. But after their rescue, and a long journey home to a remote area of Vietnam with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff, the girls are happy, safe and well.

Three traffickers have been arrested and the girls have made their statements to the police (pictured). Their story is all too common. A distant relative promised to find them a job in a sweatshop in HCMC where they would receive a salary of just $100 per month. Little did they know that their relative had connections with traffickers to the sex trade and had organised for them to be taken north to the Chinese border.

Their parents knew nothing about their disappearance. In this part of Vietnam, many young adults leave home to work as laborers in local rice terraces and only come home a few days a month. Young people in this situation, without the protection of their families, are easily tricked by traffickers with the promise of better jobs.

We will keep in touch with the girls, aged just 16 and 17, and support their care and protection for as long as it takes. We will be working closely with local authorities to find more traffickers involved in this ring and bring them to justice. Last, but not least, we’ll look at ways of educating authorities and the community in this province, which seems to have become a ‘hot spot’ for human trafficking in the last couple of years.

8 December 2014

Blue Dragon in the news: Bride or brothel – the choice for duped Vietnamese women trafficked to China in thriving industry. Singapore’s Straits Times has been investigating sex trafficking from Vietnam into China.

You can help a girl trafficked to the sex trade recover and rebuild her life by providing aftercare and counseling. www.bluedragon.org/christmas.

5 December 2014

Last night the Blue Dragon kids got into the festive spirit with our friends at the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel. The centrepiece of the hotel’s celebration is a spectacular Christmas tree made from 240 beautiful dolls in traditional Vietnamese ethic minority costumes. You can stop by the hotel and buy a doll for 500,000 VND, with all profits going to Blue Dragon’s Red Stocking Christmas Campaign.

3 December 2014

Five trafficking victims, rescued at the Chinese border on Monday, are safe and sound at Blue Dragon’s centre. After a good meal and a well earned sleep, they’re ready to start a new day of freedom!

First on the agenda: a plan for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff to bring them home to their worried families.

We’re also happy to report that two more traffickers from the girl’s home province in central Vietnam have been arrested. This trafficking ring has been taking girls over the border to China with the promise of jobs, and selling them to brothels. Together with local authorities, our aim is to make sure they are never able to take a girl’s life away again.

1 December 2014

More rescue news! Five Vietnamese girls, aged 16-17, were crossing the Chinese border with their trafficker – on the way to being sold to a brothel – when they were spotted by a border guard. They are now safe, making statements to the police and preparing to travel to the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation centre to meet with our psychologist. The trafficker has already been arrested!

All 5 girls were taken from central Vietnam, Nghe An Province. The bad news: this makes 25 victims that have been rescued from this area in the last two years, turning it into a new trafficking hot spot.We will be focusing more on this area in the future – we’ve already started talking to the local government about delivering workshops to police soon.

30 November 2014

Getting teens ready for good jobs is an important part of Blue Dragon’s work in Vietnam.

These 5 kids (in black shirts) have been taking part in a specially designed hospitality course at Hanoi’s famous Restaurant Bobby Chinn. Today theyreceived certificates acknowledging the skills they have gained so far; and in just a few weeks they will graduate from the course and commence employment. Soon we’ll be placing another group of eager students into the program, and helping even more kids get ready for employment!

28 November 2014

What are you doing for Giving Tuesday on 2 December? #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. 19 year old student Huong will be doing what she does most Tuesdays, helping street kids by volunteering at Blue Dragon’s drop in centre. Thank you Houng! Give food, warmth or shelter on Giving Tuesday at www.bluedragon.org/christmas.

28 November 2014

Here’s an update on ‘Huong’. At 13, ‘Huong’ is the youngest girl we’ve ever rescued from sex trade trafficking. She’s a very strong girl and with Blue Dragon support she went back to school this week. It’s truly amazing when you think that not even a month ago she was in a forced marriage in China.

You can help a sex trade trafficking survivor like Huong get her life back, by choosing to give ‘warmth’ this Christmas.

26 November 2014

Blue Dragon kids often come from families where nobody holds a stable job or receives a salary. This makes it is very difficult for our girls and boys to know what career they might like.

Starting from age 15, all kids at Blue Dragon in Hanoi are encouraged to take part in a Careers program, where they can learn about jobs, meet people from different industries, and even visit workplaces. What might seem simple and mundane to some of us is eye-opening and amazing for many of these teens, who are excited to learn that there is a whole world of possibilities!

25 November 2014

With the northern summer coming to an end, Blue Dragon kids in Hanoi are making the most of the sunshine. Many of the young people in our care are children who have come in to the city from rural areas, so fishing is a popular pastime and the kids love nothing more than getting down to the river for an afternoon!

20 November 2014

Happy Vietnam Teachers’ Day from the kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation! Yesterday the children in Hue province made these lovely paper flowers to give Blue Dragon staff and volunteers to say thank you to their ‘special teachers’.

19 November 2014

Great news! Today Canh secured his first job. Blue Dragon not only rescues Vietnamese kids in crisis; we also support them to grow and pursue their dreams. Canh has overcome great hardships and poverty to complete university, graduating with a degree in Architecture. Life is looking good for this determined young man. Well done Canh, we are so proud of you!

19 November 2014

Blue Dragon United kids have been trying something new: Gaelic football! It’s not quite what they are used to, but they had such fun learning the strange new rules and practicing some different techniques. All good, healthy fun!

18 November 2014

Give a child the gift of joy this Christmas! Your donations to Blue Dragon’s annual Red Stocking Christmas Campaign will bring food, warmth and shelter to children in crisis.

17 November 2014

Will you or any of your friends be in London on Sunday, 23 November? Please come and join Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Founder, Michael Brosowski at House of Ho, Soho, for a delicious Vietnamese dinner and some dragon tales.Tickets are £35 each with the proceeds supporting Blue Dragon’s work with children in crisis. Please contact Maggie at lammarg@gmail.com for tickets and further information.

16 November 2014

Vietnamese children in impoverished rural areas are often targets of human traffickers, who deceive families into thinking their children will learn new skills and make a good income, but instead sell them to sweatshops. Over the past few days Blue Dragon has conducted an investigation to find 5 children from central Vietnam who have been trafficked to garment factories in Ho Chi Minh City. Three girls and 2 boys have been set free and are right now on their way home. We’re happy to have found them, and for the children this is a chance for a new beginning. But we also know that many more children are waiting to be set free, and we are determined to keep working until all young people are safe from this horrible crime.

14 November 2014

Throughout the day, Blue Dragon has been searching for children trafficked to sweatshops in southern Vietnam. We have found and rescued 4 children, aged 12-14, all taken from their families in central Vietnam on the pretext of going to join a vocational training program. Instead they have been exploited and worked as slaves: but tonight are free. We are still looking for one more girl, and hope we can locate her over the weekend.

14 November 2014

One more 14 year old boy has just been rescued from a sweatshop and the team is racing to another part of town – they have a lead on a 13 year old girl trapped in child labour slavery. Let’s hope we make it to 4 children rescued today!

14 November 2014

Another child is free! After weeks of investigation, the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation team has just rescued a 12 year old girl from child labour slavery in south Vietnam. We are hoping to rescue at least 3 more children, scattered in sweatshops across the city. We’ll keep you updated on the results.

13 November 2014

Helping kids in crisis isn’t only about the immediate support and intervention needed to keep them safe. It’s also about long-term healing, building confidence and providing opportunities for success and growth. One of the many ways we do this at Blue Dragon is through hip hop classes, taught by brilliant young dancers who know how to bring out the best in the kids. In less than a year, we’ve seen amazing skills developed. We just don’t know how they do it!

12 November 2014

The latest edition of Dragon Tales is online now, with stories of recent happenings in Vietnam. Be sure to have a look and email info@bdcf.org if you’d like to be added to the mailing list!

http://www.bluedragon.org/about/publications/newsletters

12 November 2014

Ever wanted to do a marathon, but don’t run? The Marathon Dragon March on Sunday, 29 March 2015 will walk, not run, 42km along a scenic trail near Melbourne, Australia. You can register now for the walk and help to raise funds to provide shelter for street kids and victims of trafficking. Contact thuanh@iinet.net.au to register by 30 November 2014.

11 November 2014

Thi studies in Grade 11 in Hanoi, and with a little help from Blue Dragon hopes to finish Grade 12 and maybe even apply to university. Thi has overcome many difficulties to get this far, but today dropped in to Dragon House to show us a certificate from her school. She has been doing so well, both academically and socially, that her school wanted to acknowledge her terrific progress. Thi is very proud – and rightly so!

10 November 2014

Every weekend, Blue Dragon runs activities for children aged under 10 who would otherwise be out on the streets. This weekend, we had some extra fun with a visiting clown and some balloon animals! It’s great to see the kids not only having fun, but also developing social and fine motor skills, while gaining confidence through success.

7 November 2014

Just over a month ago, young Bao had the experience of a lifetime meeting the world’s No. 1 DJ, Hardwell.

Now, Bao’s greatest dream has come true. He is now a DJ himself, working in a Hanoi nightclub! Bao has spent years studying and practicing, and all his hard work has paid off. And who knows, maybe one day he’ll even perform with Hardwell.

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6 November 2014

Today Blue Dragon kids braved the wet weather to join the boys and girls of UNIS Elementary on the school’s annual Walkathon. All the money raised will be sending Vietnamese children to school. A big THANK YOU to our young friends at UNIS; you all did really well!

6 November 2014

It’s up and running! Blue Dragon and students of Hanoi International School have put the finishing touches on a new playground in remote Co Nguu village in DIen Bien province. Endemic poverty and almost zero literacy in this village have made it a prime target for child traffickers; but we’re fighting to change that. This playground will add some colour and life for the kids, and our next plan is to rebuild their kindergarten,

5 November 2014

Students from Hanoi International School are this week working with Blue Dragon in north-western Vietnam, building a playground in an ethnic minority village. The community is located in a very remote spot, and has never before seen such a group of visitors. The whole village is excited not only to have a new playground, but also to have some days hosting their guests!

3 November 2014

We all need a reason to smile on Monday! Here’s what the Blue Dragon kids in central Vietnam got up to over the weekend: team building and life skills games at our community centre in an area frequented by child traffickers. The joy in their faces says it all!

31 October 2014

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been working with Chinese and Vietnamese police in recent months to rescue a 13 year old Vietnamese girl sold as a bride to a Chinese husband. Today, the girl is finally back in Vietnam and on her way to a safe house. She has been through a terrible ordeal, but her road to recovery can now begin.

30 October 2014

At age 15, “Thuy” travelled more than 600km from home to work in a garment factory in southern Vietnam. Doing odd jobs all day and through most of the night, she had hoped to earn enough money to support her family; instead she found herself exploited as a child labourer in terrible conditions with only a promise of a salary in the future.

When Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team found Thuy and brought her home, she was able to return to school but needed a lot of help to settle back in and catch up with her studies.

But all her hard work has paid off. Today, Thuy is in her first year of college studying to be a teacher. With help from Blue Dragon’s scholarship scheme, she has big plans to graduate in a few years’ time, get a great job, and help other Vietnamese kids to have the same chance at education that she has been given.

Thuy is a Blue Dragon hero – and we’re proud to see what this young woman is making of her life.

29 October 2014

Families living in extreme poverty rarely have access to decent sanitation. In rural Vietnam, homes often don’t have toilets, meaning family members have to ‘go’ outside in the bush or by a stream. So over the last few months, Blue Dragon has been busy building toilets for 10 homes in central Vietnam, where poverty is rife and human traffickers target the children of families in desperate need. That’s 10 families who now have proper toilets in their homes!

28 October 2014

The number of homeless children in Hanoi has been on the rise in the past 2 weeks, with Blue Dragon meeting new children every day. Today we reunited one 15 year old boy with his family, and in the morning we will set out to the countryside to reunite a 13 year old with his grandmother. Sometimes there seems to be no end to the need, but it’s always heartening to see a family back together again with hope for a better future.

25 October 2014

Here’s a great way to see Vietnam while standing up against child trafficking: Rally Indochina April 6-15, 2015. Sign up now!

22 October 2014

All home: Following our rescue operations in China and Vietnam over the past few weeks, all the girls and boys rescued from brothels, sweatshops, and forced marriages have been reunited with their families. The final reunion took place on Tuesday, with a 15 year old girl falling into her mother’s arms and shedding tears of great relief. This is by far the most beautiful and rewarding part of Blue Dragon’s work: seeing kids and their families back together again.

19 October 2014

“Despite the distressing nature of the circumstances in which these children are living, or have been forced into, the work of Blue Dragon offers more than just a glimmer of hope.”

Blue Dragon in the news – Travelfish.org

18 October 2014

Musical chairs, Vietnam style! The Blue Dragon children in central Vietnam had lots of fun playing the party favourite ‘musical chairs’ this week. The game was just one of many activities that gave the kids an opportunity to play together in safety and improve their team work skills. At Blue Dragon, every child is a winner!

17 October 2014

Good clean fun! Who knew that learning to wash your hands and use a toilet could bring such smiles? These are skills that most of us take for granted, but many school children in rural Vietnam don’t know how to wash theirs hands correctly or how to use a proper toilet. In Bac Ninh province, where Blue Dragon recently built a brand new toilet block, our personal hygiene workshops will help the kids stay healthy and get the most out of their new facilities.

16 October 2014

A little encouragement goes a long way! 17 year old ‘Tom’ lives in central Vietnam, where he studies Grade 11 with support from Blue Dragon. In the past, Tom couldn’t go to school as his family needed him to work; but he’s now focused on finishing High School and thinking about a future career. To give Tom some extra support, this week the Blue Dragon team presented him with some new study gear to help him along. Kids like Tom are the future of the country; we want to help him achieve his dreams!

13 October 2014

Blue Dragon Vietnam sends a HUGE ‘Thank You!’ to our friends in New Zealand, who worked all weekend at the McCartney Invitation Football Tournament in Taupo. The Tournament chose Blue Dragon as their charity this year, and volunteers sold sweets and merchandise to raise money for kids in Vietnam. It was a great weekend, and we appreciate the helping hand from the whole community!

11 October 2014

Two girls, aged 15 and 16, have been rescued from sexual slavery in China and are now on their way to Vietnam with Blue Dragon’s Rescue team. One girl was sold to a brothel, and the other as a bride, but tonight both will be in a safe house under our care and protection. Soon they will be back with their families – a moment they feared might never come.

13 October 2014

This is how you do it! The parents and carers of young people with physical disabilities have been coming to Blue Dragon on weekends for short courses in how to care for their kids. One important lesson has been in safe ways to pick up, move, and carry their children. It’s a skill that seems pretty basic, but is essential to know!

7 October 2014

The Blue Dragon Rescue team is back at it, with 2 new operations underway. We have been working with Chinese police in a remote area of China to rescue a teen Vietnamese girl sold as a bride, and are now en route to conduct another rescue. The team is safe, but we won’t be able to give much more information until they and the girls are back to Vietnam.

6 October 2014

Imagine going to a school that doesn’t have toilets.

For many kids in rural Vietnam, that’s the reality of life. School “toilets” are often open-air patches of concrete, with no facilities at all. But Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation wants to change that.

We’ve just completed the construction of one toilet block in a school north of Hanoi: the pictures show the ‘before’ and ‘after.’ See if you can spot the difference! Over coming months, we will teach personal hygiene courses to both the teachers and students; and, with this model toilet block up and running, we hope to build more in other schools across the region.

5 October 2014

Late on Saturday, all 14 children trafficked from northern to southern Vietnam arrived at the local town nearest their rural homes. Some had been locked up in a garment factory for 2 years, so their reunion with mums, dads, and siblings was very emotional.

3 October 2014

They’re free! Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has been working with the Vietnamese police for 2 months to find 14 children missing from a remote rural district. Yesterday we located the 8 girls and 6 boys in 2 separate factories, including the one in the photo, and gave them back their freedom. Read full story.

29 September 2014

Hundreds of people’s lives in remote Dien Bien province changed for the better last week thanks to Blue Dragon’s ID card registration campaign. Working with the local police, over 500 residents were registered and received their official papers – the oldest was 80!

With the nearest government office 30 km away in the district capital, few residents in this isolated commune are registered at birth. An ID card means that they now qualify for government assistance and low interest bank loans; can enrol in school; have increased work options; and are less vulnerable to human trafficking.

Everyone has the right to a legal identity, and Blue Dragon will continue to do more ID registration drives in the future.

Learn more about Blue Dragon’s legal registration campaigns here: http://www.bluedragon.org/the-little-red-book/

27 September 2014

Yen recently graduated university with a degree in Civil Engineering and now works for DK Engineering in Hanoi. This week, Yen took the time to introduce other Blue Dragon kids to DK Engineering when she hosted a career orientation field trip. The group listened to talks from staff in DK’s IT, Reception, Engineering and HR departments, to get them thinking about possible careers and their own goals for the future.Thank you, Yen and DK Engineering!

26 September 2014

Happy 9th birthday Intrepid! Blue Dragon graduate, Minh, was one of three Blue Dragon representatives who visited Intrepid’s Hanoi office today to help them celebrate their 9th birthday. Blue Dragon and the Intrepid Foundation have been working together for over eight years and this was a great opportunity for Intrepid staff to learn about the work they support. It was also a rare chance for many of them to meet one of the ‘stars’ of Intrepid’s Breakfast with the stars. Minh recently graduated with a degree in Tourism and was able to tell Intrepid’s staff about how participating in the Breakfasts had helped him improve his English and meet travelers from all over the world.

25 September 2014

Justice for ‘T’ update: The accused offender was caught by police last night and is now in custody. The Blue Dragon lawyer is working with T’s family to ensure the proper charges are laid and evidence will be presented to the court. THANK YOU to everyone who has expressed their support and donated for T.

24 September 2014

Do you want Justice for ‘T’? ‘T’ is a 14 year old deaf and intellectually impaired boy from Nghe An Province in central Vietnam, who was savagely beaten and raped by a neighbour. This is one of the worst cases of sexual exploitation of a vulnerable child we have ever seen and it has deeply shocked us all.

We urgently need to raise $3,000 to support ‘T’ and his family through their ordeal: paying hospital bills, providing legal advocacy and representation in court, and caring for the family who are very poor.

We are calling on all our supporters to join with us to fight for justice for ‘T’. Click on the link – all donations are greatly appreciated!

23 September 2014

Blue Dragon staff returned to Hanoi today after their long journey to central Vietnam to bring home four girls saved from sex trafficking at the Chinese border. They witnessed the girls’ emotional reunion with families and friends, and their happiness to be home, safe and sound – and they brought news. 

A very young girl was also trafficked from a nearby village and has been rescued by police in China. We believe that she has just turned 13 and that she was sold to a brothel earlier this year. We are waiting for more news so we can make arrangements to bring her home to Vietnam. In the meantime, the investigation to track down the traffickers and bring them to justice has begun!

23 September 2014

Great news! Trang recently finished university on a Blue Dragon scholarship, and has just been offered a telesales position with ANZ Vietnam. We are all thrilled for Trang, as the job will provide her with an income and valuable experience. Congratulations Trang; what a great start to your career!

22 September 2014

Blue Dragon kids have many different dreams for the future. Some wish to become lawyers, or artists, or mechanics, or social workers. And some dream of making music… 

Young Bao has become Blue Dragon’s resident DJ. Thanks to amazing support from some dedicated volunteers, he’s had the chance to learn and develop his passion for electronic music over the past 3 years.

Over the weekend, Bao took to the stage for the first time and wowed the audience at a dance event in Hanoi. He was one of the best DJs of the night! He’s only 16 years old and has had an incredibly difficult life; but his love of music has given him a real hope for the future.

And coming this weekend, Bao will have another special opportunity… but stay tuned to the Blue Dragon blog next week to find out more.

20 September 2014


The students at Tuggerah Public School, on the Central Coast of NSW, are big fans of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. Every year they hold a Blue Dragon Day to raise money for kids in need throughout Vietnam. Their passion to help others is inspiring; and they sure know how to put the ‘fun’ in fundraising!

18 September 2014

Kids can only be safe and happy at home if their family members know how to care for them. In a quest to promote harmonious home lives, Blue Dragon Social Workers have been teaching parents and carers about positive discipline and anger management. Attendance has been great, and these smiles suggest the family members are enjoying the classes! 

17 September 2014

Here’s an update on the four young women who were rescued just moments before crossing the border to China with their trafficker. Police foiled the trafficker’s plan to sell them to the sex trade and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff brought them safely to Hanoi last night after a long journey. 

Our psychologist reports that they still feel very afraid. They are in a ‘state of disbelief’ that this has happened. Staff are involving the girls in the plan for their journey home (they are all very homesick!) and a survivor from sex-trade trafficking has been giving much needed support. Right now, they are recovering from their journey: sleeping and getting over the car sickness!

Although they were fortunate to avoid the fate of the brothels, they’ve been through a traumatic experience and need some time But tomorrow they will be back with their families – and what a reunion that will be!

16 September 2014

Four girls from central Vietnam have been rescued before they were sold to the sex trade! Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation staff are right now travelling with the girls from the Chinese border to Hanoi to meet with our psychologist. They’ll get the care they need before we take them home to central Vietnam. The youngest is only 15 years old.

One girl told us they can’t believe “we have been saved from the hands of the traffickers.” The girls were tricked into thinking they had jobs in China. The trafficker even told them: “Don’t worry, you will be safe because you will be all together.” Far from the truth!

The great part of the story: the girls are ethnic Khmu and are distinctly different in their looks. The border patrol saw them as they were crossing into China and knew something was up. Their quick thinking led to a safe rescue and the immediate arrest of two traffickers. But the investigation didn’t stop there. The ring-leader got wind of the arrests and tried to escape to Laos. However, the police were on to him and he has also been caught and arrested. We’ve been working in this border area for some time, and it is fantastic that police and border guards are being so pro-active in helping us prevent this evil trade.

We will continue to support the police during the prosecution and of course, our long-term support of the girls begins today!

15 September 2014

To prevent kids from being trafficked for labour exploitation, it’s not enough to work just with governments and other agencies. The most important people are family members – and especially mothers! 

In Vietnam as in every country, educating mums and giving them a voice is the key to keeping kids safe.

13 September 2014

The Student Representatives of Newington College in Sydney held a morning tea yesterday to celebrate the results of their fundraising. The money they raised (nearly $2,500!) will provide meals, accommodation and education for the kids living in the Blue Dragon Shelter in Hanoi. Thanks boys! Your efforts are very much appreciated!

11 September 2014

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Blue Dragon staff usually work behind the scenes, rarely receiving public acknowledgement for their dedication to Vietnamese kids. So today it was a great honour when one of our team, Ms Tuyen, received the annual Female Vision Award from the Hanoi International Women’s Club.

The Award recognises Vietnamese women who have the drive, passion, and audacity to ‘dream big’ and help others. This is great encouragement for Tuyen, who has supported thousands of rural children to go to school over the past 5 years.

Congratulations, Tuyen!

9 September 2014

At the heart of Blue Dragon is our belief that all kids need an opportunity to shine. Taking a group of former street kids to visit a Social Protection Centre filled with orphaned infants shows just how much they are capable of caring for others, despite the incredible hardships in their own lives.

5 September 2014

The kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation had so much fun at today’s Full Moon festivities.

3 September 2014

On Friday, the kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival! Moon Cakes are a traditional festive food, so today some of the kids in the drop in centre learned how to make them! We think they did a pretty good job!

3 September 2014

Everybody loves a magic show and the Blue Dragon kids are no exception! Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is very lucky, because we have our own self taught and very talented young magician! This very special guest was as impressed by his skills as we are!

2 September 2014

Today is Vietnamese National Day! All schools are closed and everyone is taking the day off. Blue Dragon kids living in our Hanoi shelters are heading out for some fun; we hope you have a great day, too!

1 September 2014

The very first Great Minsk Charity Rally has reached the end of its 3-day journey through central Vietnam. All money raised will go to fight child trafficking, and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation still has plenty of cases waiting for us to solve. Massive thanks to Rally Indochina for organising this great event!

30 August 2014

It’s Autumn Festival time in Hanoi so the kids at Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation have been making star shaped lanterns to celebrate. The lantern, known as ‘Đèn ông sao’ in Vietnam, is a traditional toy, treasured by children all over the country!

It’s easy to see how proud the Blue Dragon kids are of the decorations they’ve made for the Mid-Autumn Festival! The Drop In Centre is looking very festively fabulous and ready for next week’s celebrations!

28 August 2014

14 year old Trang is a Blue Dragon sponsored child living in rural Vietnam, who has just won 3rd prize in the national taekwondo championships. Keep on aiming high, Trang!  
Trang’s success demonstrates how much a child like Trang can achieve with a little support and encouragement. Sponsoring really does make a difference!

Find out more about sponsoring a child.

19 August 2014

Some great news. This morning Tam was accepted into a hospitality degree, and will major in cooking and decorative food. She starts soon, and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will continue to support her over the next 3 years. 

18 August 2014

In Vietnam, the new school year is just about to start. 62 Blue Dragon kids have passed their entrance exams for high school and start classes today. The kids were really excited to get ‘school ready’ with books, bags and stationery. To learn more about how Blue Dragon helps kids with their schooling, visit the website: http://www.bluedragon.org/meet-the-kids/rural-kids/

7 August 2014

Summer holidays are the perfect time for conducting Science experiments! Five kids from the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation ‘Science is Fun’ class have been making hydro-powered ships! Bet you can’t wait to see what happens when they take them down to the lake later today!

6 August 2014

It’s impossible to deny the enthusiasm and style of Australian supporters of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. Their fund raising ‘Concert with a Cause’ featured Warringah Concert Brass, St Ives High School Band and one of Australia’s finest Opera singers Amelia Farrugia. Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of this fabulous afternoon as well as everyone who went along to enjoy the music – your support is invaluable!

22 July 2014

How does Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation prevent trafficking from remote communities? Our first step is to train the police and officials on the ground who, with the right skills and information, can stop trafficking from happening. Today the Blue Dragon Legal team was in Dien Bien training police and government officials. Despite heavy rains, flooding and a landslide, the workshop has been well attended.

21 July 2014

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation hosted 36 Scouts who had traveled all the way from Denmark to share breakfast with some of the Blue Dragon kids. They were very moved to hear an engaging presentation from one of our former street kids as well. What a great way to learn how to ‘be prepared’ to make a difference in the world!

15 July 2014

Science is fun! Blue Dragon kids visited the Panasonic Risupia Centre in Hanoi to discover their world through hands-on activities. It’s great to see the girls and boys so absorbed in learning.

8 July 2014

Blue Dragon kids exhibited their amazing photography on Monday at the Hanoi Hilton Hotel, showcasing all that they have learned in the one-week Capturing Neverland program.

5 July 2014

Blue Dragon kids have spent the week (and weekend!) learning to take great photos… Now it’s time for them to select their best images for Monday’s exhibition at the Hanoi Hilton Hotel! 

4 July 2014

Two years ago, Fulton and Dave from Australia rode with Rally Indochina to raise money for trafficked kids. Now they’re at it again… They’ve joined a 15-day ride through the Himalayas and have been collecting donations from family and friends to fight human trafficking in Vietnam. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is fortunate to have great friends like these!

20 June 2014

Great news! Today, the US Secretary of State John Kerry has honoured Blue Dragon’s Chief Lawyer, Mr Van Ta, as one of 2014’s Trafficking in Persons Heroes! This recognition from the United States government is touching: we are deeply moved to know that our work is so valued around the world. Please pop over to our Facebook page to send a personal message to Van, we will be sure to pass this on. To support this crucial work, you can make a donation to the 2014 Rescue! Appeal and ensure more children and young woman are rescued from their places of slavery.

19 June 2014

2 girls escaped from Traffickers!
Blue Dragon’s Rescue! Appeal has now achieved almost 60% of our goal to raise $275,000 to rescue even more children and young women trafficked to places of slavery. Thank you so much to our generous donors and to everyone for their warm wishes of support. Your donations will go directly to work to support rescues such as that of the two girls trafficked to be sold to the sex trade in China. Here they are pictured returning home across the border.

17 June 2014

So many of our supporters and visitors ask us: ‘but just how does Blue Dragon rescue kids?’ that we decided to make an infographic about it. If you would like to know how Blue Dragon locates and directly rescues children and young women who have been trafficked for child labour or the sex trade, click on the link! The whole process is explained.

16 June 2014

Blue Dragon works with street kidsWe are delighted to launch a new movie about our work with street kids produced by Mardana Mayginnes on his recent visit to Vietnam. The film features Vi, our Outreach Team Leader, who shows us the frightening places where street kids are forced to live. It does not take long to view and well worth your while in understanding more about Blue Dragon’s work.

15 June 2014

Blue Dragon cooking classes for kids with disabilitiesWe are having so much fun in the kitchen these days! Blue Dragon’s kids with disabilities took part in a fun summer cooking class at Dragon House, where they whipped up healthy and delicious Mexican food! It was a great way to practice coordination skills, learn about safety in the kitchen, and of course enjoy new tastes.

12 June 2014

The June edition of Dragon Tales, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation‘s e-newsletter, is here! The lead story shines a light on the invisible scars left by sex trafficking and how our team helps victims heal, one step at a time. If you’re not already on our mailing list, make sure to sign up today at www.bluedragon.org/contact-us/

10 June 2014

Even though school’s out, it’s never too early to get a jump on the new year! The Blue Dragon kids came together to share study skills, classroom behaviour tips and their goals for academic and personal growth. Being prepared will make all the difference when they return to class for the next school year.

6 June 2014

Earlier this year, we had a visit from Singapore American School students, who came to help out at a school in rural Vietnam where Blue Dragon supports children to stay in school. The students brought along used laptops that were no longer needed, but which have now found good homes with tertiary students all over Vietnam. Thanks to the school and students!

4 June 2014

Schools out and summer is here! Blue Dragon kids are enjoying the many summer activities we have been planning for some months: swimming, cooking, career workshops, beauty clubs, trips, rock climbing and more! When school is not an opti0n, it’s really important that the kids are kept occupied and safe. It’s also a great chance for our social workers to spend time with the kids.

1 June 2014

Happy International Children’s Day from all at Blue Dragon in Vietnam!

29 May 2014

The Love Junkies at Blue DragonA special treat for the kids in Hanoi: rockstars in the Drop In Centre! We hosted Australian band The Love Junkies at Dragon House for an afternoon of singing, strumming and drumming. The kids had a great time making music, and even sang some Vietnamese songs!

25 May 2014

Well done to the Blue Dragon FootballersUpdate on the European Union Youth Football Tournament. Blue Dragon United Football Club’s U13 team (13 year olds) won third place! U11 and U13 both received the Sportmanship Award, which we were particularly pleased about! Learning about team work and cooperation is an important part of the Football Club, and we give awards every Sunday for ‘fair play’. It’s great when this is recognised at tournaments and gives the kids a sense of pride. Well done teams!

22 May 2014

ON 24 May, Blue Dragon United Football Club will compete in the European Union tournament in Hanoi organised by GSH. Wish us luck!

20 May 2014

A 12 year old boy is safely home in HueWe’ve just had word that the four children rescued from child slavery in factories in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday have now arrived safely home in Hue, Central Vietnam. It’s wonderful for our staff in Hue to see the smiles on all the faces, children and family members. This 12 year old boy ran towards his home when he saw it. They are so happy to be back home and away from the terrible conditions of the factory! Blue Dragon staff will work closely with the children in the coming months, supporting them back to school, and making sure they are healthy and strong. You can support rescues like these by donating to the Rescue! Appeal.

19 May 2014

The real conditions of the factory before rescue 18 MayLast weekend, Blue Dragon’s rescue team went in search of children trafficked from the central province of Hue to the garment factories of Ho Chi Minh City. We’re looking for more than 20 kids in total, and so far have found 4 who are going home today! These children were trapped in factories like the one pictured on the right. They reported that they were “terrified” during their ordeal. Thank goodness they were found and freed by the Blue Dragon team! Read our latest blog post.

15 May 2014

Vang in Vinh Hung. Kid of April 14 (FILEminimizer)Every month, our anti-trafficking team in Hue, Central Vietnam, selects a ‘kid of the month’ to celebrate the achievements of children rescued by Blue Dragon from child labour slavery in garment factories in Ho Chi Minh City. We support children after their return home to stay in school and find better opportunities. In April, Mai (not her real name) was selected. She is in Grade 9 and now studying hard after being trafficked two years ago. With a family of 11, including 8 siblings, Mai supports her parents with household chores, but also finds time to spread the word about trafficking and the awful conditions of the factories, making sure her ‘at risk’ friends are fully informed. She also loves singing and we just couldn’t resist sharing this photo of her with artwork by Blue Dragon staff in Hue. Mai has a bright future, safely away from the ‘factory’ that kept her enslaved.

14 May 2014

Moses Brown students 12 MayFour high school students from Moses Brown School in Rhode Island, USA learned about Blue Dragon’s anti trafficking work during a school project. They were so inspired, they raised funds by presenting their research to their peers. Across the country, the Vietnamese Student Association of the University of Seattle held a Spring Event, raising funds for our Rescue! Appeal. Thanks and good luck with your exams!

10 May 2014

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation International raised funds for our Rescue Appeal by hosting a fun Trivia Night. We were very grateful to receive a donation from Randwick Rotary on the night – and we got a nice mention in their newsletter. Thanks so much everyone for your support!

10 May 2014

Ben Ly from Rockstar Fitness accepted the challenge to do one burpee for every $2 donated to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation from one of his kickboxing class participants. 370 burpees later…Ben and the class have supported one of our shelter’s in Hanoi with meals and care. Thanks to all!

8 May 2014

Rescue Appeal launch 8 MayBlue Dragon is excited to announce the launch of Rescue! our biggest ever appeal. The cries for help from children and young women trapped in slavery, living in danger on the streets and trapped in brothels increases every day. We will rescue even more children from exploitation by raising our goal of $275,000. Visit Rescue! 2014 Appeal to find out more or make a very appreciated donation!

26 April 2014

Oriberry 26 AprilSeven Blue Dragon teenagers completed an intensive six-week barista course at Oriberry Coffee in Hanoi. Now they all have training certificates and valuable experience, which will come in handy in finding jobs at some of the city’s great cafes.

23 April 2014

Rally Indochina5, a fantastic annual ride to benefit Blue Dragon, concluded the journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh on vintage Ural motorbikes. Since 2011, Rally Indochina has raised nearly $200,000 to end child trafficking in Vietnam.

19 April 2014

Shiloh Fernandez 19 AprilActor Shiloh Fernandez and filmmaker Mardana Mayginnes have long been interested in the issue of anti-trafficking. On a recent visit to Vietnam from their base in Hollywood, they interviewed Blue Dragon’s Founder, Michael Brosowski, and key staff members involved in our rescue work. Shiloh and Mardana have become keen Blue Dragon supporters, having seen our work first-hand. They are currently making a film to promote our 2014 Rescue! Appeal.

14 April 2014

Football 14 AprilThe Blue Dragon boys and girls in central Vietnam celebrated the annual Hue Festival with a soccer tournament. Sports events and other activities are a great way to engage children in rural communities. Our Hue team always smile to see the enthusiasm of the Blue Dragon girls to get on the pitch!

10 April 2014

Blue Dragon’s anti-trafficking team spent the week in north-west Vietnam training officials and police in how to end human trafficking. As the team was traveling back, word came through that police had rescued 3 teen girls who were being trafficked. They had some information about where the trafficker was hiding, so Blue Dragon went with police to find and arrest the trafficker. It was amazing – but certainly unexpected – to see the training in action right away!

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