Vietnam

CRS' supports inclusive education for people with disabilities at the Hanoi College of Information Technology. Photo by Sean Sprague for CRS

CRS' supports inclusive education for people with disabilities at the Hanoi College of Information Technology. Photo by Sean Sprague for CRS

Vietnam is a country in transition. In recent decades, Vietnam has seen rapid economic growth, resulting in many positive changes, but also creating challenges. There is a widening gap between the rich and the poor. The rapid economic growth has also led to societal problems, such as human trafficking, HIV and AIDS, corruption and environmental ruin. Catholic Relief Services works with many partners to meet emerging needs and ensure that all citizens benefit from Vietnam's recent economic growth and development.

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Stats

Population:92,477,857 (July 2013 est.)
Size:127,243 sq mi; equivalent in size to Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee combined
People Served:174,668

History

Catholic Relief Services has worked in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since 1992 and an office in Hanoi since 1994. CRS has implemented community-based program activities designed to alleviate human suffering and promote human development among the rural poor, particularly women, disabled children and other vulnerable groups. CRS Vietnam also advocates for policy reforms to address poverty’s root causes and help those we serve to reach their full potential. CRS/Vietnam education programs started in 1995 with a focus on inclusive education for children with disabilities and expanded to mine-risk education in schools in 2000. CRS’ current priority program areas are inclusive education, mine-risk education, disaster-risk reduction, education and livelihood-adaptation strategies, and health system strengthening. CRS Vietnam works with 11 provincial and district governments, 10 civil society partners and 2 ministries at the national level.

Partners

United States Agency for International Development
Irish Aid
Ministry of Labour—Invalids and Social Affairs

Programs

Education
Disaster Response
HIV and AIDS
Other


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