The Story of Blue Dragon – Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Our Story

Follow the extraordinary history of Blue Dragon. We invite you to be a part of the next chapter of our story.

Our Story

Follow the extraordinary history of Blue Dragon. We invite you to be a part of the next chapter of our story.

PHOTO BY JIRI PASZ

2002

Michael Brosowski, an Australian teacher, arrives in Vietnam to work at Hanoi’s National University. Within months, Michael finds himself teaching English to a group of kids he never expected to meet: shoeshine boys who walked the streets trying to earn enough money to survive.

The story of Blue Dragon - A shoe shine boy living and working on the streets of Hanoi (Blue Dragon)

2003

Enlisting the help of one of his university students, Pham Sy Chung, and a whole lot of friends, Michael teaches weekly classes in English, maths, art and yoga to shoeshine boys, and they start a football team. More and more kids seek their help, and within months the idea for Blue Dragon is born.

The first Blue Dragon residence for six former street kids is established in Hanoi. The boys call their home ‘The Big Room’.

The story of Blue Dragon - Blue Dragon helps keep poor Vietnamese rural children in school

2004

In Bac Ninh province, Blue Dragon launches a sponsorship program to keep poor rural children in school and off the streets of Hanoi.

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is officially registered in both Australia and Vietnam.

2005

With just three full time staff, Blue Dragon opens a combined drop-in centre and office in the impoverished Long Bien area of Hanoi. Meanwhile, Michael and a law student volunteering for Blue Dragon rescue a trafficked 13 year old boy from the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, the first of many rescued children.

2006

Blue Dragon holds its first annual Tet Awards, celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and the achievements of all the children.

We move to a larger centre to accommodate the increasing numbers of children seeking help, many for the new free lunch program.

The story of Blue Dragon - Blue Dragon children at the Tet Awards

2007

One major trafficking ring is permanently disrupted by Blue Dragon’s newly formed anti-trafficking team.

The team also rescues 6 teenage girls who were trafficked and sold to brothels in China; this is Blue Dragon’s first experience rescuing victims of the sex trade.

Blue Dragon begins supporting the Hoi An Children’s Home, a government-run home in central Vietnam for 30 girls and boys.

The story of Blue Dragon - Vietnamese students hugging in celebration - supported by Blue Dragon

2008

Blue Dragon kids receive training through cooperation with local businesses to become chefs, social workers, beauticians, motorbike mechanics, mobile phone repairers, and salespeople.

Students supported to stay in school achieve excellent results and Blue Dragon starts to see the first students enrolling in university.

2009

A Blue Dragon boy, rescued from labour trafficking in 2006, accepts a scholarship to study for four years at Chatsworth International School in Singapore.

The Stay in School program expands to over 500 children.

2010

Blue Dragon’s weekly soccer team is re-launched as Blue Dragon United Football Club, with a weekly turnout of 60-80 children.

To improve governance, the Australian Blue Dragon committee incorporate to form Blue Dragon International.

The story of Blue Dragon - Blue Dragon United football club team member, a boy, kicking a ball

2011

Blue Dragon reaches a new milestone, with the 100th rescue of a trafficked child.

Blue Dragon’s founder, Michael Brosowski, is named as one of 2011’s CNN Heroes. He was the first Australian to ever receive this accolade.

The Blue Dragon Story - A Vietnamese girl doing school work in a Blue Dragon classroom

PHOTO BY MARK CHEW

2012

Blue Dragon relocates to Dragon House, a new centre housing Blue Dragon’s office, kitchen, classrooms, Drop-in Centre and crisis accommodation.

Michael is awarded a Member of the Order of Australia, an honour that reflects the huge impact of the organisation he co-founded.

2013

Two new residential facilities are established for children in need of a safe home, and for young adults transitioning to lives independent of Blue Dragon. Up to 30 children and youth can be accommodated.

Blue Dragon steps up the fight against human trafficking throughout Vietnam, expanding our work in Hue and Dien Bien provinces.

2014

Blue Dragon’s work in Hanoi turns increasingly toward protecting street children from sexual abuse. Our team works with police and government to arrest offenders and interrupt trafficking rings both within Vietnam and abroad.

The Blue Dragon story - A Vietnamese boy living on the street, in his makeshift shelter, vulnerable to sexual abuse.

2015

Blue Dragon works with the National Assembly to revise Vietnam’s laws on Child Protection while expanding our services to street children.

The Blue Dragon story - Blue Dragon United football kids

2016

Blue Dragon United plays its 2000th game of soccer.

In remote Dien Bien province, Blue Dragon builds a boarding house for students from ethnic minority communities who otherwise could not attend school. 

2017

Today Blue Dragon is working directly with over 1,500 children and youth from around Vietnam, transforming the lives of kids in crisis. 

Our story continues, and we invite you to be a part of our next chapter.

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