» 03/10/2008, 00.00
Greater commitment to Vietnamese street children needed
Data indicate that the number of children living on the streets has dropped but the number of migrant children is up. Often the latter have no birth certificate. The various institutions involved need to be co-ordinated but the authorities refuse.
Catholic education trying to stop family crisis in Vietnam
After a lull due to Communist repression, the Holy Sacrament movement is back stronger than ever in providing pastoral care to street kids and education to young people.
Redemptorist superior says no to transferring the members of his order out of Hanoi
The capital’s mayor had requested the transfer. In Ho Chi Minh City, the Sisters of Saint Vincent de Paul are back meeting in front of what was the daycare centre they used to run, which the authorities now want to turn into a hotel with night club.
A “support network” for 22 thousand street children
65 Drop in centres and hospices in Ho Chi Minh City not only offer new hope to the small abandoned children, they also give fresh opportunities for work experience to students who want to work in the field of social welfare.
Social activities promote inter-faith dialogue between Vietnamese Buddhists and Catholics
In Ho Chi Minh City, the local diocese organises a well-received seminary to improve mutual understanding. Buddhists and Catholics work together to help street kids.
Sisters demonstrate in Ho Chi Minh City asking for their home back
The building has belonged to the Vinh Son Charity Order since 1959. It was seized for social purposes but then turned into a dancing club. Now plans are to tear it down and build a hotel with night club in its place.
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