Rally Indochina works exclusively with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, an outstanding organisation that supports children in crisis and fights child trafficking throughout Vietnam.
All of the money that Rally participants and their supporters donate to Blue Dragon goes directly to its campaign to end the trafficking of children into illegal labour or the sex trade. Blue Dragon has rescued over 529 children from trafficking so far, both within Vietnam and in other countries.
Blue Dragon does more than just rescue kids. It has a strong focus on getting kids back into schools, and Blue Dragon works with the local communities that are targeted by traffickers to help keep their children in the education system. As part of the Rally, we will visit a remote kindergarten, built with Blue Dragon support, that aims to improve hill-tribe children’s access to lifelong education.
The foundation also works closely with the local police in Ho Chi Minh City to find the illegal sweatshops, rescue children and prosecute the traffickers.
Celebrity Charley Boorman goes behind the scenes at Blue Dragon
Blue Dragon aims to end the child trafficking from Hue by 2017, and is now working in the far northern province of Dien Bien after discovering many ethnic minority children were also being trafficked to Ho Chi Minh City, over 2,000km to the south!
It costs about $400 for Blue Dragon to rescue a child, and Rally Indochina donations go towards these rescues. Funding from the Rally has also been used to build a road south of Hue, to connect a village to Highway 1 and make it less vulnerable to traffickers.
Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation was formally registered in October 2004 by an Australian teacher, Michael Brosowski, after he began running informal English classes and holding soccer matches for street kids a few years earlier. The foundation now employs 65 people and works with over 1,600 children. In 2011, Michael Brosowski was recognised by CNN Heroes and a year later he became a Member of the Order of Australia.
In 2012, Blue Dragon moved into a larger building known as Dragon House, and the Rally will meet the staff and children at the centre during the event.