Vietnamese street children dream of their own homes

May 18, 2006

   05/09/2006 — 16:51(GMT+7)

Ha Noi (VNA) – More than 300 paintings and 50 short stories chosen from thousands of entries by street children are being displayed in an exhibition on joint social security efforts by the Vietnamese Government and the European Commission (EC).

The exhibition, entitled "East and West, Home is Best," kicked off on May 9 in Ha Noi and was organised under a cooperation project between the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and the EC.

On display were the best chosen from a painting and writing competition held by the Support Street Children Project, which drew the participation of street children from 10 cities and provinces in Viet Nam. 

The participants described their aspirations to have their own homes as well as the dangers they faced when wandering the streets.

Addressing the exhibition's opening ceremony, Dam Huu Dac, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said the project had a comprehensive impact because the beneficiaries include the street children themselves, their families and the community. 

Markus Cornaro, Head of the EC Mission to Viet Nam, expressed hope that there will be more families and street children in particular benefiting from the project in its next 16 months in operation.

The exhibition was held on the occasion of "European Day" (May 9) and will last until May 13. It aims to enhance the community's awareness of the street children and efforts in social activities for their security in Viet Nam. -Enditem

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