Hoang Anh is a social worker at Blue Dragon. Every night the team is out on the streets, searching for children who need help. They offer food, healthcare, clothing, and a safe place to sleep.
The safe place to sleep is short-term accommodation, where Hoang Anh has worked for over two years. Children who have been living on the streets can come here when they need shelter and a helping hand.
When children arrive at the safe house, it is a drastic change from living on the streets. Suddenly they have to live in harmony with others, contribute to the housework, and follow some basic rules.
Some of the children have spent years on the streets or in abusive situations, so it takes time for them to adapt to their new surroundings, to develop trust, and to open up.
So that the children feel comfortable, the social workers and carers spend time with the kids and develop a relationship. They need to feel safe, protected, and cared for. Then the healing process can begin.
Hoang Anh shares: “I want the kids to feel like they can rely on us. That they can share their feelings to help overcome their trauma. I want them to feel loved and cared for so that they can go on to live a happy and healthy life.”