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Our story

 Who we are

ASIE started with the challenging question: How can we best continue supporting
Viet Nam and Southeast Asia?

As a group of four colleagues and friends employed by a French NGO and a consulting firm, we have been working for non-profit interventions in Southeast Asia and
Viet Nam for over five years. We have witnessed the challenges of addressing poverty and inequitable access to health services and education as well as unacceptable living conditions.

Indeed, in Southeast Asia (SEA), children and adolescents from low-income families are the victims of unequal access to health and education. Further complicating the matter, international donors and iNGOs are decreasing, withdrawing their financial and technical support at national and regional levels. Therefore, in order to  continue supporting SEA, we established ASIE – Action pour la Santé Internationale et l’Education / Action for International Health and Education.

We believe in the need to address impediments that are both the causes and results of poverty in low- and middle-income countries: the cycle of poverty and poor health, gaps in education and unacceptable living conditions.

Diagram - our story

Health is not just a value in itself - it is also a driver of growth. However, low- and middle-income countries are still facing poor health and premature deaths in poor communities. Unfortunately, health conditions affect learning performance during childhood and adolescence. In addition, unhealthy children are more likely to discontinue their education. It is well known that children with less education tend to be less healthy and die earlier. Meaningful intervention should be taken into consideration regarding the interconnections between health and education. Furthermore, poverty contributes to the inequity of access to health and education because children and adolescents living in poverty are almost twice as likely to live in substandard housing arrangements. This has significant effects on both their physical and mental health as well as their educational achievement. Only a healthy and educated population can achieve its full economic potential.

This is the reason why we need to shape a better future for their children.