Who we are

Poussières de Vie” is the French translation of  the term used by the Vietnamese to designate “street children.”

Poussières de Vie, established in 2002 by Olivier Petiot and Patrick Désir, is an independent, non-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. The mission of the organization is to successfully integrate disadvantaged people into society by financing and managing a wide range of projects in Ho Chi Minh City and Kon Tum province.

Poussières de Vie’s headquarters are located in Paris, at 45, rue Louis Blanc 92400 Courbevoie and has an office in Ho Chi Minh City at 49/3 Dinh Tien Hoang, Binh Thanh District. The association operates under the control of PACCOM, a governmental organization that manages humanitarian associations.

Initially, our actions were focused on children who were forced to work in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in order to care for themselves and their families. Poussières de Vie progressively developed new aid programs targeting young adults and ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

Young children in precarious situations are educated and trained by social workers and Poussières de Vie volunteers in order to give them an independent and sustainable future. Young adults receive vocational training and professional accompaniment as they enter the job market.

Poussières de vie raises funds through the  charitable events they organize like fairs, concerts, and sporting challenges.  The association is sponsored by foundations and RSE partnerships with businesses in Vietnam.


Through its wide range of projects Poussières de Vie aims to reach the following objectives

1. Give children a solid education and the skills to enable them to participate fully in society.

2. Organize health care and access to treatments for the most disadvantaged in order to give them every opportunity to lead full lives

3. Bring youth into the job market with professional training and accompaniment. This is a priority because they can support themselves and their families. This leads to a sense of responsibility and self-empowerment.

4. Preserve the culture identity of ethnic minority youth in order to give them a sense of pride as they traverse their integration into Vietnamese society.

The commitment by Poussières de Vie is guided by values

Humanitarian ethics

Respect for individuals and their cultural, religious, and political environment, responding specifically to the criterion of need.


Attentive to populations in precarious situations and committed to proposing solutions adapted to the circumstances and needs


Our aid programs are designed to be ongoing processes that take the local context and the specific needs of the disadvantaged into account.

Our commitment to monitoring and analyzing changes in the reality on the ground allows us to continuously adapt our programs to ensure better aid effectiveness.


This is a value that we transmit to the beneficiary populations and that we also communicate to society at large in order to raise awareness and involve it in our actions.


We ensure that our solutions concretely contribute to lasting change for the communities and individuals  we serve.