Exploring life inside SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam

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It’s a sad fact that Life, for more than two million children in Vietnam, is centred on their orphanage.

Our reporter Georgina Auton visits SOS Children’s Villages in Hanoi to meet those who live and work there.

Three girls, including Nguyen Hoang Linh Anh, 16 (far right), spoke to us about life inside the orphanage

Three girls, including Nguyen Hoang Linh Anh, 16 (far right), spoke to us about life inside the orphanage

Chung has lived with his house mother since 2000, and is about to return to his birth mother.

Chung, 20, has lived with his house mother, Dổ Thi Nhân, 58, since 2000, and is about to return to his birth mother.

Dổ Thi Nhân, 58, watches her children play.

Dổ Thi Nhân, 58, watches her children play.

The SOS Children’s Villages are a worldwide movement to help and protect children from around the world without parents. The Vietnamese section of the organisation was established because eight out of 100 children in Vietnam are at risk or do not have parents. To find out more, go to http://sosvietnam.org/Home/tabid/39/language/en-US/Default.aspx

For more information on Adopt Change, visit http://www.adoptchange.org.au/

Special thanks to everyone at SOS Orphanage, Jane Hunt from Adopt Change, Nguyen Vu Thuy Duong for translating interviews at SOS Orphanage, the UQ Vietnam Today Team and Nguyen Thanh Dong from the Golden Cyclo Hotel, who  also helped me to find the right parts of interviews.

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Georgina Auton

Georgina, or GiGi, is a third year student studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland. When she finishes university in 2018, she plans to be a journalist, but what kind she hasn't decided yet. She is excited for the opportunity to engage in Journalism from an international perspective and can't wait to experience everything that Vietnam has to offer! Instagram: @ahh_gigi

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