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Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia and is boarded with China, Laos, Cambodia and the South China Sea. It is a varied and mystical country, with a population of around 85 million people.


Hanoi is Vietnam’s one thousand year old capital city and is situated in the north of the country. The north also boasts the breathtakingly beautiful Halong Bay and the stunning mountainous region of Sapa.


Ho Chi Minh City (formally called Saigon) is the most populated and this bustling city was the former capital of South Vietnam before its reunification with the North in 1975.

The Vietnamese people have suffered a long history of violence and destruction; which reached an horrific climax with the Vietnam War and America’s use of catastrophic chemical weapons.


Fortunately, however, the Vietnamese have an admirable resilience and believe in focusing on the present and moving on from the past. They are slowly but surely moving on and rebuilding their once ravaged country.

In the coming years, DONXA will continue to support the Vietnamese people in overcoming many problems caused by not only war and international isolation, but of recent natural disasters-such as floods, droughts and typhoons. The traces of these tragedies still remain and although the standard of living is improving, there is still much to be done. Particularly in Northern Vietnam where the economy still primarily relies upon agriculture and is heavily dependant on exporting rice and others crops.


Vietnam is now seeing an exciting transition period with more and more foreign investment opportunities. New technology is slowly making its way into Vietnamese society and this boosts the economy, provides more jobs and improves living standards.


With economic and industrial growth however, comes the widening of the gap between country and city. An increasing rural exodus leaves fewer people in the countryside and an ever-increasing city population all trying to survive.


It is essential that increased support be given to the poorer countryside areas in order to counteract this problem and to create opportunities for young people, so that moving to the cities is not their only option.





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