PE&D_Portraits_Hoa_Thao_VietnamPortraits of the month: this month, discover the career paths of Hoa and Thao, two social workers within the Planète Enfants & Développement team in Vietnam.

Hoa is 36 years old, he is the father of a little girl of 8 years old.

Thao is 29 years old and is the mother of a boy who just celebrated his first birthday.

What is your background?

Hoa: “After graduating in sociology in 2008, I first accompanied street children in Ho Chi Minh City and then worked with migrant children for 5 years. Seduced by the method of family support, I joined the PE&D team in March 2018.”

Thao: “I studied at the University of Social and Human Sciences of Ho Chi Minh City. Social work was then new and little known in Vietnam. I have been working for 7 years at Planète Enfants & Développement”.

What is your mission in the association today?

Hoa and Thao work with vulnerable young people in Ho Chi Minh City to promote their professional integration. They listen to them, train them and guide them to enable them to gain self-confidence and look to the future with more serenity.

They both run the Imagine clubs launched by PE&D and The Imagine Project. This is an opportunity for young people to exchange every week on current issues such as climate change or gender equality. Hoa also works with young people from ethnic minorities with Électricité Sans Frontières.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Hoa: “I like the contact with students. I like to pass on to them the values of living together, solidarity and seeing progress in terms of trust and inclusion”.

Thao: “What I like the most is seeing the change in young people. These are boys and girls who leave school early, who live in the outlying areas along the city’s canals, who work to earn a living by catching birds and selling lottery tickets. I am proud to see them progressing and gaining confidence as they go through the workshops.

30 June 2020