Country of Operation
- Catholic Relief Services, VietnamNot-for-profit
SummaryChildren First targets an estimated 560 Children in Jeopardy (CiJ) in Vietnam, from birth to 18 years of age, with a special focus on early childhood development (ECD) for children under six, in order to improve their lives.
The eventual goal of Children First it to improve the lives of children in jeopardy. The three-year project has two strategic objectives that contribute to the longer-term goal:
Children in jeopardy remain in community-based care.
Local government and Church service providers have improved capacity to provide care and support for children in jeopardy and their caregivers.
Key program components
CiJ come from both urban and rural populations and include those most in need such as the homeless, stigmatized, disabled, abandoned and those affected by HIV. The project will identify CiJ through Family Information Centers and community outreach activities, and provide direct services and/or referral to Church and government providers for education, health care, food, psycho-social support, and livelihood assistance to the children and their families/caregivers. This will be done through coordination of the main service providers in two targeted locations using an integrated, high quality, community-based service delivery model.
The project is implementing in two coastal-midland districts that have a large number of identified CiJ. In November 2009, a baseline survey was implemented in 10 communes located in two project districts. In total, the surveyors conducted interviews with 502 families and identified 462 children who met Children First's criteria to become project beneficiaries.