Current Projects
Help Stop Human Trafficking
Background
VES works with the Pacific Links Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping stop human trafficking along the border regions in Vietnam.

As Pacific Links describes the situation, "In these impoverished, remote, and porous regions that are plagued with high unemployment and limited economic opportunities, young girls and women face the highest risk of being trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation. ADAPT's unique and comprehensive program model includes prevention, reintegration and community awareness raising components."
Project Objectives
The Pacific Links Foundation's academic scholarship program keeps girls ages 11-18 in school and safe from human trafficking. Vocational scholarships are also offered. These programs enable young women and girls to "pursue an education, gain a trade and obtain jobs with livable wages," thereby decreasing their risk of being trafficked. A scholarship for one girl for a year is $300 and covers:
  • school supplies, school fees, mandatory insurance, books and uniforms
  • tutoring and/or + exam preparation (9th grade and 12th grade) expenses associated with students coming to events, teachers' conferences, family days, home visits
  • scholastic achievement prizes, incentives for girls to study harder and to stay in school, and graduation gifts
VES Commitment
VES provides 50 academic scholarships for at-risk girls ($10,000 per annum).

The Pacific Links Foundation also runs a summer camp for 750 at-risk girls (from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and living in areas with high incidences of human trafficking) to increase their access to education and understanding of the risks of trafficking. The camp focuses on life skills and gives the girls the opportunities to discuss topics like future job opportunities and reproductive health. It also builds a sense of community among the girls.

VES annually funds a significant portion of the costs of the camp.
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