The Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) is a 501(c)(3) and international nongovernmental organization (INGO) based in New Jersey, USA with operations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. WWO was founded in 1997 by Dr. Jane Aronson, a renowned pediatric infectious disease and adoption medicine specialist, who has dedicated her life to working with children. WWO’s mission is to transform the lives of orphaned children to help them become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world.
WWO has officially been active in Vietnam since 2004 as an INGO with implementing partners from provincial level. WWO Vietnam is devoted to improving the physical health, psychological outlook, and social well-being for orphans, vulnerable children and youth in community and in residential care institutions. WWO has carried out its projects in partnership with the Department of Labor, War Invalid, and Social Affairs in major cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and other provinces across Vietnam; Open University of Ho Chi Minh City, the University of Labor and Social Sciences II and An Giang University. WWO has contributed to comprehensive and effective care and treatment for more than 2,000 Orphans and Vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescents. In the next five years, WWO in Vietnam remains committed to the well-being of the target population across the country where it is appropriate.
By 2020, every vulnerable child and every adolescent at risk in Vietnam will receive comprehensive and effective care and necessary treatment; and that orphans and vulnerable children can fully integrate in society without stigma and discrimination.
WWO Vietnam aims to improve the medical and psychosocial support services for orphans, vulnerable children and youth by strengthening capacity of service providers, caregivers and families in hands-on training and coaching, and by facilitating networking and referrals between organizations working with children.
WWO Vietnam strives to implement its mandate with uncompromising core values: LOVE - SAFETY - RESPECT to orphans, vulnerable children and youth for balanced development, in participatory Partnership with local implementers and international practitioners to ensure Effectiveness and Sustainability of the program.
WWO believes in a HOLISTIC approach so that the needs of children on its program are addressed in a COMPREHENSIVE manner. We endeavor to accomplish our mission by:
Identify the unique needs of orphaned children in institutional and communities settings in Vietnam and address those needs through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs that are respectful of cultural norms in each setting;
Nurture orphaned children with the love and attention that is every child's birthright, so they may grow, learn play and, ultimately, lead productive, dignified adult lives.
Encourage strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations, both in-country and internationally, so WWO can extend its reach, use its resources effectively and ensure sustainability.