Up to five million dogs are killed for meat in Vietnam every year, according to the Asia Canine Protection Alliance. This is frightening knowledge. I remember Ky, my first dog. It has been decades since he left me but in my memory he is still jumping, running around the house and licking the face of everyone who plays with him. Ky! Ky! Ky! My best friend when I was a child. We were just like two little babies in the family playing, eating and sleeping together. He comforted me in the dark and delighted me when he jumped out and wagged his tail and barked to welcome me every time I came home. He never wanted me to leave home for school. I had to promise him many times that I would come home immediately after class so he would agree not to follow me. He would stay at home and look at me as I would leave. How can people eat their best friends? When I was 7, my father came home one day with a new dog. When I got home from school that day, I was frightened by the cut, fat dog that jumped … [Read more...] about Why can people eat their best friends?
Child friendly city breaks
World Vision holds child rights forums (05-09-2006) by Khuat Quang Hung HCM CITY — At 5pm the seasonal rain had almost stopped, and in a narrow room used for community meetings in Ward 8, District 8, 25 children sat quietly waiting for an opener. Although the room was not spacious enough for such a group of people, the children sat in order around the oval table waiting patiently to begin. On the wall hung a red banner with big white letters reflecting the theme of the gathering. Beyond the table a group of five children huddled together in hushed conversation. One emerged and faced the crowd. "Welcome everyone to the training session on child rights. I would like to invite all of you to start by singing a children's song," said a small girl with glasses to finally break the silence. The children started to clap their hands and cheerfully sang aloud. It was a communication activity to promote child rights jointly organized by World Vision (a Christian relief and development … [Read more...] about World Vision holds child rights forums
It must be every parent's worst nightmare. They send their kids to school or out to play with their friends but they never come back. Drowning is the single biggest killer of young children in Asia according to a number of experts. The main reason is that not enough children have learned how to swim and more has to be done to educate the nation's kids. When I was young, my father taught me to swim from an early age, and that is the perfect scenario, as you learn it early. Once you have learned it, it is for life. However, if this tool is not being passed on down the generations something has to happen to break the mould. Vietnam on the east coast is a long strip end-to-end of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it has an abundance of rivers and canals and on hot summer days, it must be tempting for people of all ages to jump in the water for a swim. If you don't know how to swim, that presents a bit of a problem. The most recent estimates for child drowning deaths … [Read more...] about Let’s help thwart the ‘silent’ child killer
Your say (01-02-2008) Law, training, family key to halting child abuse JP Mishra, HCM City Nurseries must be regulated The phenomenal growth of Viet Nam's economy and the subsequent rise in living standards has helped create the need of a new model for the country's education system. The arrival of numerous multinational companies and a corresponding increase in the number of expatriates and the demand for written and spoken English has added to this need. This has led to the rise of many schools, including nurseries and higher education centres, to meet demand, often at the cost of quality. … [Read more...] about Law, training, family key to halting child abuse
“I am seven months pregnant and want to give away my baby,” wrote a college student living in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh district on an online forum post in mid-October. Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy poses with two "condoms" for photo. >> Worn out by drugs (Photo report) SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO After unexpectedly becoming pregnant, this young woman, who has yet to break the news to her family, began searching for someone to adopt her child, due this December. The classified on the forum attracted different reactions, some of which showed sympathy, while others blamed her for being an irresponsible mother. The incident again raises a question on sex education in Vietnam, which exists humbly as a part of biology classes and sometimes health seminars. According to the second Survey Assessment of Vietnamese Youth (SAVY II) in 2010, only 42.5 percent of Vietnamese youth aged 15-24 have comprehensive knowledge of HIV transmission, far less … [Read more...] about Safe sex among city youth (with video)