FIDR is a non-governmental organization working to support children in developing countries and people affected by disasters.

What We Do

Vietnam and FIDR

Vietnam is one of the countries which FIDR started its first operations abroad. Lately, Vietnam is known for economic vigor; the country has steadily realized development since an introduction of market economy system called Doi Moi, (Renewal) policy.

However, in 1991, when FIDR started its activities in Vietnam, aid from foreign countries drastically dropped down due to collapses of socialism regime of Russia and Eastern European countries. Therefore financial conditions of Vietnam fell into critical situation, children and a large segment of poor populace experienced difficulties in their lives.

In 1993 FIDR engaged in support in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City starting with improving living facilities for disadvantaged children and educational facilities for visually impaired at elementary school. In the following year FIDR shifted its attention to the central region of the country where less international aid programs were implemented. Seventy-five percent of the population lives in rural region; their standard of living is largely behind that of people in urban area which receives great deal of the benefit of recent economic growth of the nation. Especially poverty in agricultural area of mountain region is one of the primal issues to tackle with today.

After having opened an office in the city of Danang, the largest city in the central Vietnam, in 1998, FIDR has been supporting ethnic minority groups in mountain area and poor urban groups.

Basic Data

Country Name Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Capital Hanoi
Area 331,230km²
Population Approx. 95,546,000(*1)
Ethnicity Kinh (Approx. 85%), others 53 minority groups
Official Language Vietnamese
Religion Buddhism, Catholic, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, others
GNI per Capita $6,930(*2)
Main Industry Agriculture, Mining (Oil), Sewing, Tourism
Ranking in Human Development Index 118th (among 189 countries)(*3)
(*1)UNICEF “The State of The World's Children 2019”
(*2)The World Bank “World Development Indicators 2018”
(*3)UNDP “Human Development Index 2019”

Completed Projects

Nam Giang Community Development Project
Hoa Quy Ward Women and Children's Health Care Project
Lien Chieu District Sustainable Livelihood Assistance Project
Catu Traditional Handicraft Assistance Project
Emergency Relief Project for victims of Typhoon Xangsane
Tay Giang Community Development Project
Catu Ethnic Minority Community Based Tourism Project
Kon Tum Province Child Nutrition Improvement Project
Project on Food Security Improvement for Small Scale Farmers in Central Vietnam
Project for Rural Development by Local Initiative of the Ethnic Minority Communities in Nam Giang District