The Church in Vietnam is increasingly recognized in the country for its many charitable activities, despite the context of state atheism and a communist government. Thus, there are 635 structures managed by Catholics in the 27 dioceses in the country, including 82 training centers, 144 clinics and hospitals and 212 centers for the disabled and the elderly. Christian health work includes providing care to members of indigenous communities living in the mountains and remote areas of the country.

The work of Vietnamese Catholics serving the poor, the disabled and marginalized is becoming increasingly valuable and recognized. Sister Anne Lan, a nun from Ho Chi Minh City, explains that "in a spirit of love and charity, the sisters and laity run about 1,500 kindergartens, nearly 50 support classes and almost half training centers and schools ". Religious structures, she continues, "have been created and equipped so that young people can be in the best possible conditions to learn". Institutions can also receive financial support through fundraising for schools and students in difficulty."In addition, Catholic and non-Catholic benefactors provided textbooks, notebooks and bicycles for children living in the remote and mountainous areas of Vietnam," he said.adds the nun. One of the priorities is to integrate youth and children into communities and parishes, thanks to the enthusiasm of new groups and the experience of those who have been working there for many years. Thus, all have a common purpose, that is, to practice the love of God for the poor and the marginalized in a concrete way. To date, many parishes in the 27 dioceses of the country offer several charitable initiatives for the poor. According to official figures, Catholics in the country run 635 structures, including 82 training centers and 144 clinics and hospitals. Not to mention 212 centers dedicated to the disabled and the elderly, 160 centers to support students coming to live in the city, and 11 specialized arts centers. The areas of intervention of parishes and diocesan groups range from the apostolate for people with disabilities to support groups for the poor and families in difficulty, to the initiatives of entrepreneurs and Catholic businessmen who go time for tutoring and youth training. Not to mention the defense movements of life, youth associations or Scout groups ... The Church is also active in the field of health, often in collaboration with volunteers and non-Catholic staff. In these institutions, many doctors and nurses spend some of their time providing free care to those in need, including members of indigenous communities living in the mountains and in remote areas.

(Source: Églises d'Asie - le 27/07/2019, With Asianews)