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Vung Tau Orphanage - Centre for Social Protection of Children

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Specific Issues

• Schooling

• Social Issues

• Future Prospects

The Long Hải Centre is a project of the French Association Pour les Enfants des Rizières (APER), in conjunction with The Agent Orange Association (VAVA). Construction and ongoing running expenses have been and continue to be donated by corporate companies and private individuals.

Long Hải Centre has been designed as both a place to live and a place of learning for disadvantaged children. The centre provides schooling for approximately 110 children from poor families in the local community. Without this free service, these children would instead be working as their families cannot afford the costs of sending them to government schools.

Stage 2 of the project provides residential care for street/abandoned children, disabled children and children from families whose daily living situations are precarious. The project also has a special focus on caring for disabled children who are the victims of Agent Orange (dioxin). It is intended to provide residential care for about 60 children and infants.

The objectives are providing security to abandoned or disadvantaged children, monitoring their health and giving support and specific care. Providing awareness for disease prevention, formal education, vocational skills training, awareness through fun and social activities, providing meals, shelter and long term residential care for children.