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Watchful Wanderer profiles some of our favourite non-profit organizations, so that you can make informed decisions about who to support in the communities where you travel.
The blue Dragon children's shelter
An Australian NPO based in Hanoi, although they work throughout Vietnam. They work with street children and provide them with a variety of services tailored to the individual needs of each child to help them succeed in life. They also do a lot of grassroots work to address trafficking of both children and young women in Vietnam. They offer some volunteer opportunities to people who can commit to a minimum of 6 months and they welcome donations to support the children. They also have a very clear outline of where your donation goes and 84 cents of ever dollar goes directly to the children.
CHILD SAFE INTERNATIONAL
A NPO based in Cambodia that aims to inform tourists about how to have a positive impact on at risk children in the communities where they travel. They also work closely with partner NPOs that help these children and ensure that they remain with their families. They do this by offering the entire family support with skills training, education and health care.
The Landmine museum
A NPO based in Siem Reap, Cambodia that aims to inform people about how landmines effect the lives of the local people. The Museum is run in concert with a relief center for children effected by landmines and offers them a safe place to live as well as education and jobs training. The NPO is run by Cambodians for Cambodians and all of the proceeds from the museum go towards the relief center and its de-mining efforts.
LIN Centre for community development
A NPO based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam that aims to connect and provide information to NPOs, donors and volunteers. They help to build the capacity of the NPOs they work with and match them to skilled volunteers who can help add value to the NPOs' projects.
THE GREEN BAMBOO BOYS SHELTER
A NPO based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam that aims to protect and help at-risk boys. The shelter offers the boys a safe place to live, education and skills training opportunities as well as health care and other necessities. They also try to reunite the boys, who come from all over Vietnam, with their families when possible. They recently started a restaurant in order to become self-sufficient but still struggle with funding. 100% of your donation goes towards the living costs of the boys (which can include the household bills of the shelter) or get in touch with them directly and ask them what they need the most - in kind donations are always welcome.
THE SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT
Slow Food is a movement all over the world that promotes good, clean and fair food. The movement aims to protect local food cultures and traditions as well as provide access to healthy food that is also good for the people who grow the food and the planet it grows on. Various restaurants around the world that encompass these values have been given their Snail of Approval and you can support them just by eating at these delicious restaurants. They also offer some volunteer opportunities or you can donate to them directly.