Ministry

Child workers in Vietnam stay safer knowing labor rights, self-defense tactics

In 2018, the Ministry of Public Security estimates that 1,579 children in Vietnam were victims of sexual abuse, rape, murder, violence or trafficking. In Hue City, the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception are helping child workers — who sell snacks or fruit, labor in construction or do other low-paid work out of necessity for caring for their families — learn about their rights and also how to protect themselves from harassment, trafficking and abuse.

'The sisters made up for my parents' absence': Orphanage nurtures family spirit

NAGPUR, INDIA - Maria Niwas, the orphanage run by the Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Nagpur, has helped children get a good start in life for more than a century. Over the years, when those children became adults with families of their own, they keep regular contact with the orphanage and give support to their "siblings" living there now.