Project: Journey of our youth (JOY)
Client: Lang Tre Em SOS Viet Nam
Period: July 2020-December 2020
Service offered: Story-telling photography – capturing the life journeys of the 20 care leavers (people who grew up in orphanages) through photography. The storytelling consisted of 2 components, a) photographs from different stages of their lives, from childhood up to now, and b) photographs of their current living, including different aspects, spaces, works and relationships in their lives.
Hanoi, Viet Tri, Hai Phong Thanh Hoa, Vinh.
Coffee-table photo albums
The family bond stays even after they leave the village
Dreaming the better future
Kissing the new family member
Focusing on dream
We walk together
Standing by always
Do it this way
Passing on the knowledge
Brushing mum’s hair
Leaping into future
EthnoconnectVN has partnered with SOS International through Lang Tre Em SOS Viet Nam in an advocacy and promotion project for the effectiveness of Child Care Institutions (CHIs) in Vietnam. The project was aimed to produce an evidence as an advocacy tool for the ongoing needs for CHIS when the model is constantly challenged within the current care reform debates, where all forms of residential childcare are categorically dismissed as ‘unsuitable’ for children without parental care. Through the days of ‘shadowing’ and documentation of each of 20 care leavers lives who have become a productive member of communities and successful role models for the children without parental care, the project effectively built a case for the communication with the public and stakeholders that with an appropriate level of community and government support, CHIs can still provide a much needed service.