Youth with disabilities are among the most marginalized people in many countries, including Vietnam where they account for 15.3% of the population, according to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Welfare. 75% of people with disabilities live in rural areas and do not have stable jobs and regular incomes. They have lower literacy rates, levels of education and training which often leads to higher unemployment rates and difficulties covering their daily expenses.
To help address these challenges, Better Life Vietnam has launched the “Better Employment Opportunities for Disadvantaged Youth” project. This program aims to empower youth with disabilities to feel more confident in their everyday life. BLV provides youth with disabilities with a variety of training opportunities across different industries and supports them through seeking job employment.
Better Life Vietnam partners with Thuong Thuong Handmade Social Enterprise, an organization that offers vocational training and has created jobs for 15 youths with disabilities and incurable diseases. Thuong Thuong Handmade Social Enterprise was founded by Ms. Thuong who was born with brittle bone disease 35 years ago.
BLV will help expand this effort by recruiting and training more youth with disabilities to make handmade quilling paper products, and assist them in establishing stable income by selling these products in market. We teach them the knowledge and skills to produce a variety of quilling paper souvenir crafts, including pen boxes, tissue boxes, earrings, jewelry boxes, bookmarks, greeting cards, landscape pictures and more. These quilling handicrafts are more than beautiful, they are helping make a difference in the lives of others.
Better Life Vietnam partners with VDT Training and Hotels in Hanoi to provide vocational training for youth with disabilities in tourism and hospitality industry. We will then help them to work for our partner Travel Companies and Hotels in Hanoi.