Mission: Support the sustainable development of Vietnamese communities and the enrichment of their cultural heritage through: (1) Empower women as social change agents in their community and (2) Promote transfer of knowledge for development
Target demographics: Young women and girls in Vietnam
Programs: (1)an giang/dong thap alliance for the prevention of trafficking (adapt pacific links foundation (pals) leads counter-trafficking efforts at the frontiers of vietnam by investing comprehensively in at-risk youth to prevent trafficking before it starts, and in survivors to help them reclaim their lives. In vietnam, we work in the provinces bordering cambodia, china and laos. Our multi-pronged, grassroots anti-trafficking initiatives include (1) prevention services for populations living in trafficking hotspots to empower through education and knowledge; (2) protection services for trafficking survivors to empower through self-confidence and independence; and (3) partnerships for long-term solutions through collaborations to prevent trafficking in school-based, factory-based, and community-based settings. We raise awareness about trafficking prevention in the supply chain to increase good practice in labor recruiting and retention.
early childhood care and education (ecce): pals delivers curricula and activities to strengthen community knowledge in early childhood development to build up family bonds and resilience in the san francisco bay area, in collaboration with international children assistance network and in over 10 provinces in vietnam since 2001. Ecce has provided over 205 training sessions to 5,311 attendees and 52 parenting workshops and forums to over 1,250 attendees.
humanitarian and community outreach pals connects donors to worthy individual humanitarian cases such as heart surgeries, house building, assistance to dire family situations, donor-designated and fiscally-sponsored projects. The structure of donor- situations, donor-designated and fiscally-sponsored projects. The structure of donor- designated programs allow for flexibility and commitment from donors and their networks in creating new initiatives. Fiscal sponsorship of group sand newly-formed o
I have vistied Adapt in Vietnam on three occassions in the capacity of a volunteer evaluator of the scholarship program for the most needy and at risk girls in the Mekong Delta. The program staff are dedicated to keeping the girls in school and making education process. Despite their challenging home environments, often at great distances from school, the girls are making excellent academic progress fully equal to the performance of their non-scholarship peers. More importantly, the dropout rate for ADAPT students is well below their peers and the average of dropouts across ethnic groups in the U.S. One gets the sense that the staff refuses to allow a girl to fail or quit. Where the program truly excels is aiding retunees who have been rescued or who have escaped human trafficers in Cambodia and China. The charity provides housing, healthcare access and employment training. In addition, the returnees receive counselling in a nurturing non-judgmental environment. Many have successfully reentered Vietnamese society.
Having worked with this organization for over 6 years, I found it to be a preeminent model of prevention and intervention in human trafficking. Using a model of capacity building at the community level, they have developed an expert and experienced team of persons in the country who are dedicated to the prevention of the trafficking and the reintegration of trafficked women and girls back into the community. This has been accomplished by placing the majority of the financial resources into areas that directly impact the communities being served. Examples are scholarships for young girls to support their continued schooling, shelters for trafficked girls, education programs for women who have been trafficked.