Child Sponsorship background from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

vietnam-go-vap-b.jpgSOS Children's Village Go Vap, Ho Chi Minh City

Go Vap is a suburb of Ho Chi Minh City. The SOS Children's Village consists of 20 family houses, which were constructed in the local style and are ideal for the hot climate.

Other SOS Projects in Go Vap

There is an SOS Nursery, where up to 165 children can be taught in six group rooms.

An SOS School was opened in September 1993. At first it was only a primary school but it was soon extended and now offers classes up to secondary level. The school with its 24 classrooms, laboratories, a library and a canteen, has a capacity of 1,100 students. Both nursery and school are attended by children from the neighbourhood as well.

An SOS Medical Centre, which comprises a clinic and a counselling centre, was opened in 1995. It provides basic medical treatment for the local community. Some of the children living at SOS Children's Village Go Vap suffer from problems that go back to the defoliant used during the war. A specially trained full-time nurse takes care of them. Youths from the SOS Children's Village usually move to the SOS Youth Home when they start a vocational training course or go on to higher education. With the support of qualified youth workers, the youngsters develop realistic perspectives for their future, learn to shoulder responsibility and increasingly make their own decisions.

Background to Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century.