K.I.D.S. has a simple mission: the accommodation, care and schooling of street children in Vietnam. K.I.D.S. ensures that over 115 children between the ages of 4 -18 years from the slums of Ho Chi Minh City have a dignified existence, a happy childhood and receive an education. K.I.D.S. does this by setting up and exploiting shelters in Ho Chi Minh City.
Safety, health and education
In the shelters the children are safe. They have a good roof over their heads, sufficient and healthy food and close attention is paid to hygiene and health. The children go to school and also have lessons in English and computer science. To bridge the gap during the long 3 months summer holiday, a short stay is organised at the beach or in the mountains.
K.I.D.S. recruits and manages the exploitation of the shelters. K.I.D.S. works closely together with the local charity organisation WOCA (Womens Charity Association Ho Chi Minh City). Locally the WOCA supervises the business and the care for the children. 2 to 3 supervisors who are controlled by the WOCA work in each shelter. There is intensive contact between K.I.D.S. and the WOCA, whereby the difference between lifestyles culture and expectations are dealt with with a great deal of care. Every six months a member of the board or representative visits Ho Chi Minh City to check the localities and to make adjustments where necessary.