The Long Hải Centre is a project of the French Association Pour les Enfants des Rizières (APER), in conjunction with Vietnam Central Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA). Construction and ongoing running expenses have been and continue to be donated by corporate companies and private individuals.
The idea of establishing and running Long Hải Centre was conceived as a long-term and perpetual response to economic, social and humanitarian issues that were brought to the fore-front of APER’s evaluation of the Long Hải area.
In 2008, the first earth was turned on the construction site provided by the Long Dien People’s Committee. The building work was subsequently completed in seven months and the opening of the centre took place on 23rd October 2009. The following month classes commenced. The first stage included facilities such as classrooms, a kitchen and dining room where all children are provided with a daily meal, a library and administration block.
During 2011 the second stage of the project was constructed, to provide dormitories, care facilities, extra classrooms and skills training facilities. The opening for phase 2 occurred on April 17th 2012.
It is hoped that in the future Long Hải Centre will become a residential facility with the focus of caring for abandoned and disadvantaged children and disabled children who are the victims of Agent Orange (dioxin).