The Long Walk Against Human Trafficking in Vietnam
Blue Dragon has been rescuing young women from the Vietnam to China sex trade and provides health, counselling, and reintegration services to slavery victims. Blue Dragon is the only organisation in Vietnam to focus on the rescue of underage sex slaves.
After supporting BDCF in 2014, we are thrilled to announce our continued partnership with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation as one of Singapore’s chosen beneficiaries for the race in 2015.
This Australian charity in Vietnam began in 2003, with two friends giving English lessons to street kids. Since then, Blue Dragon has expanded into an organization of 67 loyal staff, helping to support over 1,500 children throughout Vietnam every year.
2014 Race in Singapore
Total Funding: USD 13,800 for programmes in 2015
Crisis: Modern slavery of Vietnamese children in factories and Chinese sex trade
The 24 Hour Race has funded
2 young women were rescued from sex trafficking in China
90 children at risk of trafficking got school fees in Hue
Renovation of a safe space for children at risk of trafficking in Hue
35 children at risk of trafficking to participate in an international football tournament
Reprint of 3,000 copies of Blue Dragon’s Anti-Trafficking Manual
Blue Dragon Children's Foundation is a grassroots Australian charity reaching out to children in crisis throughout Vietnam since 2003. Blue Dragon children are street children, children with disabilities and children who are at risk or have been victims of human trafficking. Our primary aim is to rescue children from danger, reunite them with their families where we can, and provide all the services needed for their recovery and growth.
The 24 Hour Race donated USD 13,830 to support Blue Dragon’s anti- trafficking work. This money has improved the lives of some of the most vulnerable Vietnamese children and young people.
Read the full story for 2015 by Blue Dragon
Rescues are a critical part of Blue Dragon’s anti-trafficking strategy. They are life- changing for those trafficked and their families. They are also an effective means of raising awareness and improving capacity in investigation, rescues and prosecution of traffickers by local government.
24 Hour Race supported 90 children at risk of trafficking from Hue with school fees, insurance, text books and stationery. From our experience, we believe that education is one of the most effective ways of combatting poverty. We know that keeping children in school reduces their vulnerability to trafficking and increases a child’s future prospects for earning income for the family. Blue Dragon has been working in Hue since 2011 and we have seen that children from very poor families are at high risk of dropping out of school in Hue. Once a child drops out of school, they are then at an increased risk of being trafficked. When struggling to provide food for the family, school fees can drop to the bottom of priorities.
24 Hour Race’s support in 2015 ensured that 90 children were able to remain in school.
Safe spaces for at-risk children
The Ha Tien centre, a safe space operated by Blue Dragon for children in Hue is every weekend so children can engage in activities, sports and use computers. We also use the space to provide life skills training, career preparation workshops and celebrate festivals. In September, Blue Dragon supported its Youth Engagement Officer based in Hanoi to travel to Hue and coordinate the Ha Tien centre’s renovation. The Youth Engagement Officer worked directly with the young people using the centre to ensure that the designs and work were child-led. This approach is integrated across Blue Dragon activities and ensures young people have a sense of ownership over the spaces they are using.
This is the third year that Blue Dragon children from rural Hue have participated in the annual international football tournament in Hue City organised by the Football For All in Vietnam (FFAV). The tournament offers the opportunity for young people to connect with other FFAV members from across the region and country. It is an opportunity for those living in rural Hue to travel to the city and experience some independence. It not only builds skills but also confidence. In total, 35 boys and girls were supported to join the tournament between 2-5 June 2015.
Safety in Migration Workshop
The workshop, Safety in Migration was implemented by Dien Bien’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs with technical support from Blue Dragon and held on 24 and 25 September 2015. The two-day workshop was attended by 20 participants from DoLISA, the Provincial Committee for Ethnic Minorities Affairs, SOS Children’s Village, a vocational training centre, the Centre for Social Protection, the Father Land Front and the Women’s Union. Participants looked at the causes of migration, the risks and how to minimise them, and how to identify that someone has been trafficked. The workshop also had the attendance of our partners from Hue Province as a part of a study tour and experience sharing trip.