CARE’s work in Vietnam

CARE has worked in Vietnam since 1989. As Vietnam becomes a middle-income country, we are concentrating our work on supporting rights and sustainable development among the most vulnerable groups in Vietnam, for example ethnic minorities, poor women and girls, and people vulnerable to climate change. We train women in small business management and help them participate in community development planning. We support people to sustainably manage forests and share the costs and benefits equitably. We provide water and sanitation facilities to schools, and supply information on health and safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices in communities and schools.


CARE was one of the first NGOs to respond to Vietnam’s HIV epidemic, offering prevention, care and support. Our long-established partnerships with community organisations mean that our staff can work at a grassroots level with vulnerable people. We help people address risk behaviours and promote prevention. We also address stigma and discrimination.

Natural disasters and climate change

Vietnam suffers seasonally from natural disasters. We work with communities to prepare for drought, storms and floods. Simple, inexpensive preparatory measures, particularly those run by communities themselves, are extremely effective in limiting damage and saving lives when disaster strikes.

We lobby national government to ensure that climate change policies respond to the needs of poor and vulnerable communities. At the same time, we are integrating climate change adaptation into selected projects, to help poor communities adapt to climate change. For example, planting dense mangroves along the coast provides a barrier from the sea and offers livelihood opportunities for small fisheries.

Village Savings and Loan Associations

Watch this short video to see how Village Savings and Loan Associations are helping women take responsibility for building up their family farms and creating small business opportunities:

You can directly support poor entrepreneurs in Vietnam

Our Lendwithcare programme works with local microfinance institution partners to offer loans to people in poor communities who are starting or building up a small business. Find out more about Lendwithcare and how you can make a small loan directly to an entrepreneur in Vietnam.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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