A group of 80 girls get together monthly in a remote school in northern Vietnam. Most of them are from ethnic minority communities. A Blue Dragon initiative, the group aims to develop leadership skills and share important information. The girls have an opportunity to...read more
A simple backpack on some books. There is nothing unusual about it, except that it belongs to a teen who was rescued by Blue Dragon from a sweatshop 6 years ago when he was 11. His family situation has not changed. His father is disabled from an accident, and his...read more
'Nga' is now 16 but has already been married for 2 years. She was only 11 when she was tricked. She thought she was going to earn some money as a dishwasher. The trafficker used her as forced labour to pick tea in China. When she turned 14, she was immediately sold to...read more
When 'Hoa' arrived in Hanoi, all she wanted to do was to eat. Blue Dragon has just rescued her, and another girl, from China. Hoa was tricked to go to China and ended up in a forced marriage. Her Chinese 'husband' had borrowed a lot of money to buy her. He made her...read more
When 'Ngoc' dropped out of school, he didn't have any plans for his future. Blue Dragon's social workers persuaded him to attend the Career Preparation Program, and he took part in many workshops. He learnt teamwork, conflict resolution, and how to manage his money....read more
Taking your mind off bad memories by making beautiful jewellery is wonderful. Trafficking survivors in the care of Blue Dragon are now taking jewellery making classes. The classes are part of the comprehensive therapy program offered by the Blue Dragon team. By...read more
"What is a friend?" 20 Blue Dragon teens wrestled with that question. They discussed what a 'good friend' means, and how to be one. It is difficult for them to know where to draw the boundary. They asked questions like "If a friend wants me to join him in a fight,...read more
'Minh' has never given his wife roses on Valentine's Day, but 'Hieu' will never doubt his love for her. In July 2016, she was offered a job in a shoe factory in a city in Vietnam. She knew about the dangers of China, so this job sounded safe. It was two months before...read more
For a boy who loves studying, being told that he couldn't continue his schooling was very difficult. 'Diep' lost his mum when he was just 7 and his father had to leave him with his aunt so he could work in a big city. Although his aunt cared for him like her own son,...read more
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Dragon Tales April 2019
In this issue: read about the impact of your support on Vietnamese children in crisis, meet Blue Dragon heroes around the world, and learn how you can improve the lives of children by shopping, travelling and doing business!