Serving the local population since 1989
ADRA in Vietnam is a non-government organization which has been consistently and actively operating for 30 years, implementing over 200 development and relief projects across the country in various sectors.
ADRA in Vietnam is part of the global Adventist Development and Relief Agency network, the international humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. With a presence in around 130 countries, ADRA seeks to identify and address social injustice and deprivation in developing countries.
ADRA in Vietnam works with vulnerable communities and people in special needs, so to help improve their opportunities and quality of life. Our programs and activities are implemented through strong partnerships with local authorities and civil society organizations, in order to develop their capacity to achieve long-term sustainable change.
Our current focus areas are Sustainable Livelihoods, Health, Education, Water and Sanitation, Climate Change and Disaster management.Make a difference around the world
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700 households have been supported technically and financially to install the water purification system at their households.
293 families have been benefited from the community initiative of building the latrines.
189 households have been supported to replace the cattle-sheds from their houses.
500 households receive the energy efficient cooking stoves to replace their traditional open cooking stoves which consume more firewood and release more smoke.
Ethical clothing businesses are relying on ADRA Vietnam to help develop disaster response plans and train young people to be skilled workers in their factories.
22 Community Development Clubs have functioned and served as platforms to share the knowledge and experiences among the community members.
Over 100 children attend school each month thanks to ADRA Vietnam's child sponsorship program supported by ADRA Korea.
Ha Thi Thom’s Story
Ha Thi Thom’s Story
Ha Thi Thom’s Story
Ha Thi Thom, 23 years old, is living with her husband and two sons in Phieng Tac village, Kim Cuc commune, Bao Lac district. Thom said that for many generations, the people in her village were using the open cooking stoves, which is the traditional one with three stands. One of the worst disadvantages of the traditional cooking stove is its high consumption of firewood. For one-day use, it consumes about 20-30 kg of firewood. The firewood collection was the important daily work and burden for Thom and her husband. Thom also knew that cutting down the trees was not good for land protection.
As a member of the Community Development Club (CDC) in Phieng Tac village, Thom has joined fully in all project activities conducted at her village. Since June 2018, with the support from the project, Thom and other CDC members were introduced to the energy-efficient cooking stoves. Like many other households in her village, Thom decided to take one to try if it would take less firewood as the Project Officer said.
Thom shared: “Only after one day of using this cooking stove, I realized that it consumed about 10 kg of firewood per day before the traditional one took 20-30 kg. The high consumption of firewood made it become a burden for me and my husband. It took us time to collect the woods, if we didn’t collect the firewood, we could not cook food at home. And if there was any free time, we had to spend them all in collecting wood and save them for the days when we were busy and did not have time to collect them. I also notice that this cooking stove makes the cooking faster and release less smoke than the traditional one. We love using it, especially in the summer because the energy-efficient cooking stove releases less heat.”
After trying the new cooking stove, Thom has shared her experiences with her neighbors and other households in the village. Thom said that: “I know many other households in my village want to have one now. The more households use it, the less work burden we have to take and the fewer trees we have to cut down.”
For 63 years, Lam O. felt like a burden. Born blind in the Tay Ninh province, where visually impaired people are considered invalids, Lam struggled with a sense of worth. Then he married and had two children. His family loved and respected him, but he felt like a failure. He was unable to work and to provide for his wife and children. His son went to work as a day laborer just so his family could survive, but they still struggled in poverty. Lam began to lose hope.
Just when he felt complete despair, ADRA workers came to his house and asked if he was interested in joining the Cow Bank Initiative. When they explained the program, he responded with a joyous and emphatic “yes.”
Visual impairment is the most common disability in Vietnam. According to the UNFPA, 4 million people are visually impaired in Vietnam.
“People with visual impairment lack access to education, health care, jobs, and many other basic social services,” said Nguyen Anh Thinh, programs director of ADRA Vietnam. “They often have low incomes, so we concentrate on helping them generate income with a particular model that they can participate in and apply.”
In Vietnam, that model is the cow bank. The system is simple and cost-effective, and it is changing lives.
A family is given a female cow and training on how to care for it. They mate the cow with a bull and wait for her to give birth. Once she delivers the calf, the family gives the calf to the cow bank, and they keep the mother. After that, they are allowed to keep all her subsequent calves. When the firstborn calf given to the cow bank reaches the appropriate age, she is in turn given to another family, and the cycle begins again.
Since its launch in 2010, this program has affected more than 160 families. And in a society where a single cow is worth $2,000, these families are lifted out of poverty and provided with tangible, measurable hope.
Lam and his family are among the beneficiaries. He and his wife care for the cow together, taking it to the field in the morning and evening. She has already given birth twice and is carrying a third.
“This is a new beginning for us,” said Lam. “The cow is the most precious asset we own, and it will secure our future.”
Capacity Statement OverviewCao Bang is one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam, it is far from the tourist sights in Hanoi or Ha Long Bay and is home to several ethnic minority groups. Being in the mountainous north of Vietnam the landscape looks like the pair of Maseur sandals, with very little farming land available. What is available is generally slopping land which is more fragile and more difficult to farm than regular paddy land. ADRA in Vietnam, supported by ADRA Austria is working with farmers in Cao Bang to utilize this sloping land in as an effective way as possible. This will increase yields and family incomes.
With climate change impacting seasons and rainfall it is important to build the resiliency of farming families before life becomes more difficult. This is just one way that ADRA Vietnam is work with communities that matter.
Our Capacity Statement further highlights the projects, programs, and people of ADRA Vietnam. Download the ADRA Vietnam Capacity Statement
Country OverviewVietnam is in the midst of a dramatic transition period as it advances out of low-level developing country status with one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. Despite this progression, 17.2 percent live on less than $1.25 per day and have limited access to basic necessities, including education and health services. Climate change is especially detrimental in Vietnam, as the potential for disaster increases.