Child Development Scholarship Programme - Saigon Children’s Charity CIO

Child Development Scholarship Programme

Education is proven to help break the cycle of poverty. Many children in Vietnam have difficulties pursuing aeducation and are at risk of dropping out of school due to barriers such as poverty, geography, knowledge, and disability. 

Our Child Development Scholarship Programme removes barriers to education by providing scholarships – including tuition fees, books, rice, uniforms, stationery and social care – to children from disadvantaged backgrounds from primary school to university.  

We take a holistic approach to supporting children, their families, teachers and community leaders to work together to keep kids in education through a community-based child development support network. 

You can read our impact report for the latest academic year here.

Selection Criteria: 

The children most in need are identified through a careful process carried out by saigonchildren and our community-based child development support network. We visit each family at home to assess their needs through an efficient and impartial process 

Unlike many other scholarship programmes our children don’t have to sit a test – we don’t believe academic merit is the most important factor. Instead, we consider: 

  • The family’s financial situation (average family income must be classified as poor or near-poor based on the national poverty line, expenses/debts, possession of assets); 
  • The family’s ability to earn, including if any family members have no or limited ability to work due to illness or disabilities; 
  • The family’s circumstances, including whether one or both parents have left, passed away, or are working far from the child;
  • Lack of/limited support from other NGOs or the government. 

You can sponsor a child today from $10 a month