Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

Young children smiling

Working to stop child labour and imprisonment

IMPACT AREA: Equitable growth and just societies

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has the primary concern of getting children in crisis out of dangerous situations. From providing services for street kids to rescue missions for trafficked kids and support for their recovery and growth, Blue Dragon provides a critical service that is unique to Vietnam.

They are the only organisation in the country that rescues children who are victims of human trafficking and slavery. These kids are often children from rural areas living in extreme poverty. Blue Dragon’s primary concern is to get these kids out of danger, reunite them with their families whenever possible and then offer support for recovery and growth, with a more recent focus on awareness and prevention in high-risk communities.

Morris Family Foundation supports Blue Dragon’s work in the remote north-west province in Vietnam. Dien Bien sits between Laos and China and is highly vulnerable to trafficking. Much of the population belong to ethnic minority groups and over half are classified as living in poverty. From Blue Dragon’s experience – every commune in the province has been subjected to human trafficking. Some recount heartbreaking stories where dozens of children have been taken away with no adult knowing where they have gone.

In addition to the rescue missions, Blue Dragon has been working to prevent the region’s children from becoming targets for future trafficking. This involves education and capacity building in the rural area. Working with the provincial police, local government, schools and community members, Blue Dragon aims to prevent trafficking, forced labour, and imprisonment of children by empowering the local community to identify, prevent and investigate human trafficking. The alleviation of conditions of poverty also plays a role, and Blue Dragon provides relief for families experiencing hardship including school fee subsidies, provision of rice, bicycles for getting to school and building houses.

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