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Salesian schools, services and programs throughout Vietnam help break the cycle of poverty while giving many young people hope for a more positive and productive future.

While many people have already been lifted out of poverty, challenges remain. Rapid economic transformation and growth create rising inequality in income and opportunities. Poor youth, especially those living in rural areas or small cities, have limited access to high quality education and long-term well-paying jobs.

Salesian Missions gives impoverished children and families opportunities that are typically only available to the middle and upper classes—so that all people can have hope for a better future.

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Provide technical & vocational training

In Vietnam, the gap between rich and poor is widening, according to UNICEF. Salesian schools are helping to break the cycle of poverty while giving many young people hope for a more positive and productive future.

Salesian missionaries operate the Tan Tien Don Bosco Vocational School, located 155 miles north of Ho Chi Min City, the capital city of Vietnam. Just 25 years ago, Salesian missionaries purchased a 2.5-acres plot of land and built the school. In 2002, the first students graduated from the program. Today, the school has had 3,000 students successfully complete the program.

Tan Tien Don Bosco Vocational School also operates two boarding houses, which accommodate 215 boys and 58 girls. These students are coming from difficult life situations. Many have dropped out of school previously and consider the Don Bosco Vocational School as their last chance. In addition to the technical and academic preparation, students have an opportunity to learn music and engage in exercise and sports. The vocational school is one of the four technical schools operated by Salesian missionaries in Vietnam, while another three vocational schools are in the pipeline.

Rescue children facing adversity

In Vietnam, nearly 1.7 million youth have some type of disability. For these children with disabilities, access to education is limited and the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty is almost nonexistent. UNICEF notes that globally, close to 61 percent of boys finish school but for boys with disabilities that number drops to 51 percent. For girls, 53 percent finish school but among those living with a disability, only 42 percent finish their education.

A Salesian program in Ho Chi Minh City, the capital of Vietnam, offers youth with disabilities a chance to overcome those great odds by learning a trade and gaining the opportunity for self-sufficiency. A Salesian bakery school opened in the summer of 2016. It works in collaboration with the local Salesian school for cooking and catering that had already been in operation, offering high quality training to the students.

The program shows how youth with disabilities have the same ability to achieve as their peers, if given the opportunity. Salesian programs are working to make sure that all students have access to the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to the social, cultural and economic vitality of their communities.

Build orphanages & shelters for homeless youth

Since 1952, street children throughout Vietnam have been welcomed to Salesian shelters. In addition to receiving the basic necessities of food and shelter, children and youth learn to value themselves and their future. Activities include tutoring, professional training, language and music classes and follow-up support.

“I want to show that a street kid is not as bad as many think. I would like to rebuild my life,” says Hung, a 14-year-old boy staying at the Ho Chi Minh City’s Salesian Center.

Deliver essential equipment & supplies

Salesian programs in Vietnam have new school and office furniture thanks to a donation made possible by an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and the Institution Recycling Network (IRN), an organization that matches surplus items with organizations and people who need them. The donation was comprised of two furniture shipments that are benefiting more than 1,500 Salesian teachers and students in the country.

The shipments included new desks, chairs, tables, bookcases and filing cabinets donated by IRN to five Salesian institutions in Vietnam including the Ky Anh Vocational Training School, the Dong Thuan Vocational Training Center, the Tan Tien Intermediate Skills Training School, the Phuoc Loc Vocational Training Center and the Theological Institute and Provincial House.

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