Rural children from poor families

Bac Ninh Province

Bac Ninh Province is less than one hour away from the capital of Hanoi but is the poorest province in North East Vietnam. Families rely on income from small plots of land, struggling to make a living. School fees are a low priority when there is no money for food. The Stay in School team works with local schools and authorities to identify the poorest families and develop a plan for the children to attend school in their home villages. We prevent children from dropping out of school and potentially living in danger on the streets of Hanoi.

        • Through sponsorship, we provide everything children need to stay in school: school fees, uniforms, stationery, text books and school bags.
        • We provide extras like a bicycle for children living far from school, or a homework desk, chair and lamp for children needing a place to study.
        • We have assisted extremely poor families to build or renovate safe housing and to generate income.
        • We work closely with schools, conducting workshops and identifying areas of need.

Hue and Dien Bien Provinces

We support children from poor families in Hue and Dien Bien who have been trafficked or are at risk of trafficking with all the tools they need to stay in school or training. This not only includes financial support for school costs, but also learning support through our activity centres, encouragement, finding training opportunities, workshops and career advice.

Tertiary education

Blue Dragon has introduced an affordable loan scheme for tertiary students in response to the improved outcomes for children who have participated in Stay in School and who are able to gain a place at tertiary level. Participants pay back 50% of the loan within three years of graduation. These funds then support more disadvantaged young people to study at tertiary level. Blue Dragon currently supports 69 tertiary students at universities and colleges around Vietnam.

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Our work


  • Over 500 children currently supported to stay in school
  • 3,476 since 2004
  • 30,534 family, school, government and community members reached

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