What We Do

Save the Children in Viet Nam

Save the Children started our work in Vietnam in 1990, through the implementation of a child nutrition project in Thanh Hoa Province. Since then, we have expanded our programs to include six key thematic areas, including Education, Health and Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Child Poverty, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Emergency Response (ER).

We now cover 22 provinces across the country with offices in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Lao Cai, and Da Nang. We have more than 100 national staffs with a wide range of technical expertise and program management qualifications. In the implementation of our programs, we work in partnership with government agencies, civil society organizations, private sector, academic and research institutions. We receive findings from institutional organizations, businesses, trusts and foundations, as well as private donors to support the implementation of our programs.

In order to achieve immediate and lasting change in the lives of Vietnamese children, we implement both development and humanitarian programs. Through our various programs, we endeavor that EVERY LAST CHILD will have the opportunity to Survive, Learn and Be Protected. We established our particular focus on reaching the most vulnerable and marginalized children within a community, including ethnic minorities and migrant children and their families.


  • Support Emergent Literacy and Math Skills in Early Childhood Development program to strengthen school readiness via development of age appropriate books and other learning materials for ethnic minority and migrant children, building capacity of teachers, care givers and parents.
  • Improve learning outcomes, especially improve literacy and math skills of ethnic minority primary school students via Literacy and Numeracy Boost approaches.
  • Work to ensure equal opportunities in Basic Education of ethnic minority children via ‘mother-tongue-based multilingual education’ approach.
  • Work on improving knowledge, attitude and skills of school children towards practicing better health and nutrition behaviors, and improving the availability of basic health and nutrition services within the school.

Health and Nutrition

  • Promote Household-to-Hospital Continuum of Care approach to improve health care services for mother and newborn child among ethnic minorities through capacity building for midwives and community health workers, providing essential equipment to set up newborn care units at disadvantaged communities.
  • Work with partners and communities to improve nutritional status of children, through promotion of adequate infant and young child feeding practices, exclusive breastfeeding, integrated management of acute malnutrition, promoted household food security and dietary diversity. Advocate for a multi-sectorial collaboration to address stunting among ethnic minorities.
  • Partner with Provincial Departments of Education and Training to improve hygiene and sanitations at schools, and change knowledge, attitude and knowledge among school-age children on school health nutrition through extra curriculum BBC activities.
  • Deliver Vitamin A donation (12-14 million doses annually

Child Protection

  • Strengthening and promoting the quality of Child Protection Systems, incorporating prevention, care reform and the capacity to protect children from violence.
  • Campaign for the elimination of Physical and Humiliating Punishment by promoting positive child discipline at home and in school through Child Friendly Learning environments implemented with the participation from teachers, children and parents.
  • A monitoring and reporting mechanism on child abuse, discrimination and bullying through the school and community-based and institutional approaches.

Child Rights Governance

  • Advocate and campaign for realization of child rights for EVERY LAST CHILD and support the monitoring of the implementation of UN Convention on Child Rights by building the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to participate in the process.
  • Promote participation of children in governance, and advocate for integration of child rights into business principles of private sector companies.

Child Poverty

  • Build employability skills and life skills of migrant youth, provide job linkages and networking, advocate for employee social protection, build entrepreneurial skills and promote financial education.
  • Help communities to develop agriculture based livelihoods and provide micro-finance schemes for most vulnerable populations.

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Emergency Response

  • Provide capacity building on disaster management to the affected communities in disaster prone areas. 
  • Work with schools on disaster risk reduction activities, such as school risk assessment and risk reduction planning as well as provision of life saving skills (e.g. first aid, safe swim).
  • Provide emergency response in times of disaster.