In Vietnam when a young, unwed girl becomes pregnant, due to the shame to her family, she usually has 2 choices; abortion or keeping her child. To keep her child, she must move away from her village and start a new life alone. Imagine being alone and pregnant, having to start a new life alone! At the Father's House young unwed girls are welcomed in.
"To help children achieve their maximum potential through
medical care, education, nutrition, and love.
|The Father's House|
Mother's are encouraged to move into The Father's House as soon as possible. In the home the scared, expectant, mother will be taken care of nutritionally, medically and in an environment to nurture her emotionally. Giving it Back to Kids' hope is to provide a safe and secure environment for these young mothers to be able to have the freedom to choose if they want to keep their child, free from undue outside influence. The mothers must agree to stay at least 6 months after the birth of their baby. She's expected to follow all of the house rules, be active in the house, and learn to take care of her new born. If the mother decides to stay beyond 6 months she must be actively pursuing either an education, or a higher level of vocational training. In a word, something that will allow her to raise her child with some financial dignity. As the mother feels comfortable with the idea, we will work to reunite her with her family. Often, the mother has married the fathers of their child. When a young mother sees what it takes to raise a child, and decides that she is too young or it is too much, we work with local officials to make sure the child gets placed into a safe environment; a place we can be sure the baby will not be sold off to traffickers or be abandoned. It has been a great joy to see this program in its infancy, to see mothers reunited with their parents, several marrying the father of their child, and others gain self respect in learning to take care of themselves and their child.