Love camp for Vietnam's street kids

A Catholic organisation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has organised a "Love Summer camp" for 1500 street children which involves singing and hip-hop dancing.

Vietnam Net Bridge reports that the street children from the Friends for Street Children (FFSC)'s seven open houses participated in the camp at Dam Sen Park yesterday.

Organised by the Committee for Catholic Solidarity, street children from the different open houses sang and performed hip-hop dances at the camp.

Audiences were impressed by the performances of 70 of the children from Tu Xuong open house in the short drama Noi Long Nguoi Me (Mother's Love) and the singing of One, Two, Three at the Binh Trieu open house.

"It was the first time I went to Ho Chi Minh City's biggest city park, Dam Sen," Duc Huy, a street child from Le Minh Xuan charity house, said.

The FFSC, with sponsors Big C supermarket and local businesses, presented 319 scholarships and gifts for street children who had high scores during the last school term.

FFSC, a program of the Committee for Catholic Solidarity, was set up in 1995 to provide housing as well as education, vocational training, and living skills for street children aged three to fifteen.

Le Thi Thao, head of the FFSC program management board, said 954 street children are provided with primary education and about 127 are given vocational training in fields like electronics, tailoring, carpentry and handicrafts.

Street children living in FFSC open houses are educated on traffic safety, children's rights and HIV/AIDS prevention, and extra-curricular activities such as concerts, sports and summer camps are also offered.

Street kids in City now have place to call home (Vietnam Net Bridge 4/7/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)

Vatican sponsors international meeting on street children (CathNews, 27/10/04)
There's no such thing as a bad kid (CathNews, 21/2/03)

5 Jul 2006