Currently caring for 1,341 children and over 1,000 adults

Established presence in the country since 2004

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a leader amongst non-profit organizations

WWO is ranked in the top 3% of government ranking of NGOs. In Vietnam, we work in early childhood development; HIV disclosure, case management and psychosocial support; and capacity building of our partner network

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15,000 homegrown heroes

Since 2004 we have served over 15,000 children and adults, through the use of locally hired staff and volunteer efforts. 


the WWO approach


Identify the unique needs of orphaned children in institutional and community settings and address those needs through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs that are respectful of cultural norms.


Nurture orphaned children with love and attention, which is every child's birthright, so they may grow, learn, play and, ultimately, lead productive and dignified adult lives.


Encourage strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations, both in-country and internationally, so WWO can extend its reach, use its resources effectively and ensure sustainability.

a holistic approach to address the needs of children comprehensively  

WWO Vietnam believes in good practices to ensure quality in our performance and fidelity to program interventions. As we invariably work in partnership with local service providers, the ultimate goal of our programs is the transition of intervention models and best practices. We also seek to empower our partners to lead in the efforts to affect positive change in vulnerable children and families and take full ownership of the intervention as WWO transitions to new areas of need. In order to facilitate the transition, an effective and fully functioning system of MEAL must be in place at the beginning of each partnership. Partners are expected to play an active role in the entire project cycle, including identifying needs, implementing and monitoring quality of interventions, and conducting periodical review and evaluation with support from WWO.  WWO and its partners are fully committed to accountability for transparency, compliance and good governance of the programs.


We currently operate 15 element of play™ programs throughout Vietnam.


Vietnam programs


Comprehensive care for orphans, children, and adolescents

Objective: To provide comprehensive care and treatment for institutionalized orphans, children and adolescents infected with HIV; to build up professional capacity for partner staff and community volunteers for more effective care and services to the target population of children.

Psychosocial interventions and referral support for at risk children and children and adolescents with disability

Objective: To provide psychosocial interventions to at-risk children and youth affected by HIV in HCM city, neighboring provinces and An Giang. To empower caregivers and local self-help groups for better care and services to the target population of children. To contribute to strengthening referrals and services of the children’s network.

Residential summer camp for children and adolescents with serious diseases

Objective: To improve HIV positive children’s ART adherence and behaviors, HIV life skills and psychosocial quality of life after attending Camp Colors of Love. To take steps toward breaking down stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS in Vietnam.


Computer classes for underprivileged children and adolescents

Objective: To help children discover the world outside their living environment through computer skills. To inspire and direct children to think about their future Vocational Training. To help children find out their potential abilities and become more confident in their ability to access knowledge, learn to perform everyday tasks at work, home, and school creatively.

Toy Library for younger children with developmental issues

Objective: To improve developmental issues of institutionalized children from 0 to 6 years of age using the toy library and one-to-one approach. To strengthen the technical capacity of Linh Xuan’s center staff to provide more effective services to children 0 to 6 years old using the toy library and one-to-one approach.

Capacity building for partners, staff, caregivers, service providers, children’s network

Objective: In the past 10 years, the WWO team has conducted and/or facilitated training, seminars, coaching and mentoring to approximately 1,000 adults so that they can provide more appropriate care and effective services to children. These include partner staff, caregivers, children service providers, self-help group members, family members, community volunteers. It is the strength of the community that makes our program sustainable in its diversity and comprehensive approach.


Practicum program for social work and anthropology students

Objective: In the past 5 years WWO Vietnam has provided opportunity for hundreds of national and international students and volunteers to come and work with the children and our partners.  We are thankful to the orphan rangers from the US, the UK and other countries, as well as students from leading universities in Vietnam, who have been generous with their time, energy, knowledge and skills to make our programs a wonderful intercultural playground and workplace for all involved.