Family: ‘The Place Where One Can Live and Grow’

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Minh lives together with her older sister, her aunt and her grandmother in the centre of Da Nang, Vietnam.  The family live in a small house, less than two metres wide.

Minh’s family have been in the SOS Family Strengthening Program for several years. The financial support that the family receives through the program enables the aunt to care for the young girls and aging grandmother.

Two sisters and their aunt in Vietnam
Minh (right) stands with her aunt and sister.

The girls lost contact with their father a number of years ago, and have recently discovered that he died. Their mother was caught selling heroin, and is serving a 10-year prison sentence. She has been in prison now for four years. 

Minh and her sister receive phone calls from their mother periodically, but the calls have recently stopped. It turns out that their mother has been suicidal and tried to kill herself. 

For Minh, being with her family means everything to her. "The family is the place where one can live and grow. A place where you can be together all your life." Minh says that her aunt is her second mother, and that she couldn’t have managed without her. She likes to go to school and dreams of becoming a doctor.

Families come in all shapes and sizes.  60+ years of experience has shown that resilient relationships, especially those forged in a caring family environment, are key in the successful development of a child.

Through our Family Strengthening Program, SOS Children’s Villages helps reinforce families’ abilities to create a loving nurturing environment where children can always feel safe and supported. 

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