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Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

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

Mission

Blue Dragon Children's Foundation is on a mission to end human trafficking. We have pioneered interventions in Vietnam which prevent trafficking from taking place and are scaling them up to a national level. At the same time, we are rescuing people in slavery who call for help and supporting them to rebuild their lives, post-trafficking. We offer a comprehensive range of services led by our dedicated team of social workers, psychologists, teachers and lawyers. 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. Vi Do

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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 results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Step Ahead

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Numbers were high during the Covid pandemic, as other housing options were not available. Improved success at reuniting homeless children with their families also accounts for the decline in numbers.

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Legal Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Blue Dragon's in-house legal team offers pro bono advocacy, advice and representation.

Number of housing units built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2022-2023, Blue Dragon had specific funding for a house building campaign.

Number of people rescued from modern slavery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Legal Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Blue Dragon collaborates with Vietnamese police and other authorities to rescue people from their places of exploitation and safely return them to their homes in Vietnam.

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes both school scholarships as well as essential school supplies for street children, ethnic minority and impoverished children to ensure they can stay in school.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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. Long term we aim to end trafficking, so we invest substantially in prevention work. We build the abilities of community leaders and government to build resilience to human trafficking and child exploitation in particularly vulnerable communities such as impoverished ethnic minority communities.

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 130 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. Most of the staff working with ethnic minority people are members of those ethnic communities who can speak multiple ethnic languages.

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 Vietnams 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 grassroots 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, To report to donors

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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? Yes
  • 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
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2024

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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