Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

aka Blue Dragon   |   Littleton, CO   |  www.bluedragon.org

Mission

Blue Dragon Children's Foundation serves kids in crisis throughout Vietnam. Blue Dragon children are street kids, victims of human trafficking and slavery, children with disabilities, and children from extremely poor families. Blue Dragon offers a comprehensive range of services led by our dedicated team of social workers, psychologists, teachers and lawyers. We break the poverty cycle by offering education and long-term opportunities to those in most need in Vietnam. From providing food and shelter to a child on the street to rescuing a girl from sex trafficking, we give children a new chance in life. Blue Dragon has been operating in Vietnam since 2003.

Ruling year info

2015

co-CEO

Mr. Michael Brosowski

Co Principal Officer

Skye Maconachie

Main address

PO Box 620967

Littleton, CO 80162 USA

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EIN

45-3771750

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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More than 40 million people live in slavery right now, and around the world there are an estimated 100 million children living or working on the streets. Blue Dragon is working in Vietnam to end trafficking and assist street children. We provide a means to a better life through education, shelter, psychological therapy and job preparation. Vietnam is developing rapidly but unevenly, creating vulnerabilities for millions of people desperate to escape poverty. As the country leaves behind its status as an impoverished, post-war society, families from highly disadvantaged backgrounds and remote rural areas frequently find themselves left behind. Seeking hope and opportunity, children and young people travel to the major cities, or accept job offers far from home... only to find themselves trapped, enslaved, or homeless. These problems are complex, and need comprehensive, long-term strategies to effectively address them.

Our programs

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Step Ahead

Step Ahead works in Hanoi, Vietnam, with street children and families in severe economic difficulty.

We meet homeless children through nightly street outreach; reunite them with their families if possible; and support them in the short or long term based on their circumstances and needs. The program provides comprehensive, holistic support to children and youth in crisis, street children and families at risk of homelessness through counselling, emergency shelter, long-term accommodation, nutrition, material support, and education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Safe and Sound is an anti-trafficking program that operates in multiple provinces of Vietnam, where human trafficking and slavery are major problems.

The program supports children and adults who have been trafficked or are at high risk of being trafficked, helping them to access essential services and repatriate after trafficking, and building resilient communities that are sustainably resistant to human trafficking and exploitation. We build the capacity of government authorities and officials to prevent and combat human trafficking and child exploitation.

Population(s) Served
Victims of crime and abuse
Extremely poor people

Project X provides intensive support to newly returned survivors of human trafficking, including psychological counselling, meals, safe accommodation, personal supplies, health checks, and life skills education.

The program helps survivors reunite with their families, or stay in safe homes to access education and training. Project X delivers long-term psychological care and trauma treatment including individual and group therapy, as well as financial assistance to return to education, vocational training, or move on to independence.

Population(s) Served

Blue Dragon's program of Legal Advocacy provides free-of-charge legal advice, services, and representation to children and young adults in crisis.
The Advocacy team:
- rescues children and adults who have been trafficked and are trapped in slavery and facilitates their repatriation to Vietnam;
- supports people in vulnerable communities to obtain legal registration papers;
- trains Vietnamese police, border guards and officials to improve their skills in combating human trafficking; and
- advocates for improvements in policy and law for better protection of children.

Population(s) Served
Victims of crime and abuse
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Blue Dragon has two major goals.

First, we seek to make sure that every homeless child in Hanoi has access to care, shelter, and opportunity to turn their lives around.

Second, we aim for the end of human trafficking.

Blue Dragon takes a long-term, holistic approach to reaching our two major goals.

We start with rescue, to free children and young people from places of slavery and danger and get them into safe, caring accommodation where all their needs can be provided for. Social workers and psychologists provide comprehensive care focused on helping children overcome the trauma they have experienced, and developing the skills and knowledge to build successful independent lives.

Once a child is safe, we advocate for their legal rights and represent them as their abusers are prosecuted.
We take all we learn and find ways to feed it into long-term systemic change. We advocate for better policies; we lead law reform initiatives; and we train those agencies and institutions which carry responsibility for the protection of the vulnerable.

In Vietnam, Blue Dragon has been working for more than 15 years, and now has over 100 staff.

Our team includes former program beneficiaries as well as a diverse range of talent: lawyers, social workers, psychologists and teachers form a multidisciplinary team to assist children, families and communities.

Blue Dragon's track record includes leading revisions to laws; rescuing over 1,000 people directly from the places where they were slaves; and helping thousands of children return to school.

We are the leading non-profit organization combating human trafficking in Vietnam, and have pioneered interventions for children in crisis that are demonstrated successes.

Blue Dragon has made a significant contribution to Vietnam’s development through our work with some of the most disadvantaged children, families and communities in the country. We have rescued over 1,000 victims of human trafficking, helped them return to their homes, and ensured that they are able to overcome the trauma they experienced to build new, independent lives. We have helped over 1,200 children to get off the streets and over 600 to return home to their families. We have ensured that over 5,000 highly vulnerable children were able to return to or attend school, and helped 350 teenagers to get a job.

Beyond these numbers, Blue Dragon has developed effective models and demonstrated them to both government and non-government partners. When we began, social work was highly under-developed in Vietnam. Blue Dragon developed a social work model, trained young social workers and demonstrated to relevant government agencies the effectiveness of such an approach for street children. We have developed a curriculum for training grassroots social workers at the village level, to ensure that the most vulnerable can receive help in their own communities.

We have developed an effective, comprehensive model to fight human trafficking including rescue and reintegration for survivors, as well as effective prevention that ensures that vulnerable people understand the risks, and that there are mechanisms in place to raise the alarm and respond when someone goes missing.

We have represented over 130 victims of trafficking and child abuse in court, and in the process demonstrated to the legal system the importance of effective legal representation and victim-friendly investigation techniques. We are sharing our experience and knowledge with government agencies responsible for child protection and counter trafficking, and have provided training for over 7,000 government officials.

For the next period, Blue Dragon intends to expand our advocacy and experience-sharing in order to ensure wider application of successful models of child protection and counter trafficking. We are committed to serving children and families who need us most, while at the same time ensuring that the responsible domestic government and civil society agencies are better equipped for this important work. We will invest further in research and documenting and sharing our experience. We are working closely with the government on improving and reforming laws related to child protection and human trafficking to ensure that the legal framework is soundly in place.

Financials

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Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
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Board chair

Mr Chung Pham Sy

Michael Bertini

Sharon Steele

Nelson Le

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes