Catalyst Foundation helps build communities in Vietnam to fight trafficking.

They are passionate about utilizing a community development approach to address poverty. They firmly believe in working collectively with local communities in raising awareness, providing access to education, increasing economic opportunities, and generating a sense of empowerment.

Their goal within each target community is twofold: to equip families with the tools to get out of poverty and to raise awareness of human trafficking at the grassroots level in order to strengthen community protective mechanisms.

Catalyst Foundation was founded in 1999, focused on improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children in Vietnam. Since that time, Catalyst Foundation has provided humanitarian relief programs in the provinces of Vinh Long (1999-2002), Binh Thuan (1999-2002), Saigon (2003-2004, 2007-2009), Dong Thap (2005-2010) and Kien Giang (2007-present). Catalyst Foundation also partnered with Lutheran Social Service Minnesota to facilitate international adoptions from Vietnam (2006-2008).

Today, using a holistic community development approach, they address some of the root causes of child trafficking and are able to raise awareness, provide access to school and increase economic opportunities for over 200 children and their families. Their group of dedicated staff and volunteers carry out Catalyst’s daily mission to provide assistance to needy children and their families.