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New Zealand supports 355 Vietnamese in Hue and Da Nang amid Covid-19

Rosie Nguyen Rosie Nguyen

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June 21, 2021 | 09:36

People in difficult circumstances in Hue and Da Nang city have received support from New Zealand to overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnam

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The Center for Social Work in Da Nang city and the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Cam Le district support the people of Cam Le district to cope with Covid-19.

New Zealand supports 355 Vietnamese in Hue and Da Nang amid Covid-19

This project "Leave no one behind in the fight against Covid-19" sponsored by the New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam, through ActionAid Vietnam and local partners in Ho Chi Minh, Hue and Da Nang cities, aims to support local people in the era of Covid.

ActionAid Vietnam cooperated with the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Da Nang and the Center for Community Development and Social Work to support to 150 workers in Da Nang and 205 female workers in Hue, helping them better cope with the prolonged pandemic.

In addition to a small cash support of VND 2 million (US$ 86.6) for each employee, the project also shares information on how to manage household expenses, as well as offer guidance on health and mental care during isolation. It is estimated that about 1,300 people will indirectly benefit.

Emphasizing the project's results, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Tredene Dobson said: "Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the New Zealand Ambassadors Fund supporting the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has reached millions of people in difficulties in developing countries. The government and people of New Zealand are committed to supporting and building shared prosperity and stability in the Pacific and beyond, as no one will be safe until everyone is safe from Covid-19."

New Zealand supports 355 Vietnamese in Hue and Da Nang amid Covid-19
Leaders of Center for Community Development and Social Work present support to Hue people.

In 2021, Vietnam experienced a new wave of Covid-19 with a rapid spread and unpredictable severity. Since April 27, the country has recorded more than 8,000 new cases in 34 of 63 provinces, disrupting the lives of millions of people in Vietnam. Da Nang and Thua Thien Hue, two major international tourist centers of the country, were also severely affected.

The number of tourists to Hue in 2021 was only 38.5% compared to the same period in the first quarter of 2020. Meanwhile, tourism in Da Nang was also very dismal, with revenue down 52.5%. The continuous economic recession in Hue and Da Nang has upset the lives of 45,000 and 44,000 people in the two localities respectively. Most are informal workers and workers in difficult circumstances.

Since the start of the 'war' against Covid-19 in 2020, ActionAid Vietnam and its partners have traveled to 11 provinces and cities across the country, supporting more than 45,000 people in difficulties, including women, children, the elderly, ethnic groups, people with disabilities, migrant and informal workers recovering from the pandemic.

This partnership between the Embassy of New Zealand in Vietnam and ActionAid Vietnam strengthens both sides' efforts in supporting vulnerable communities in Vietnam and ensures that no one is left behind.

Oudomsay province (Laos) donates US$ 27,600 to support Dien Bien, Son La and Lai Chau

On June 18, a representative of the Lao government's Oudomsay province went to the Vietnamese Consulate General in Luang Prabang to present 260 million kip to support three provinces of Vietnam including Dien Bien, Son La and Lai Chau in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the meeting, the representative of the Oudomsay provincial government affirmed the great friendship between Laos and Vietnam. At the same time, he expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Party Committee, provincial government, people, authorities at all levels, businesses in localities of Vietnam would soon prevent and control the spread of the pandemic.

The representative of the Oudomsay Provincial Government gave money to support 3 provinces of Vietnam to cope with the COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: VNA
The Oudomsay provincial government gave money to support 3 provinces of Vietnam. Photo: VNA

The representative of Oudomsay provincial government said it was a gift from the Party Committee, government and people of Oudomsay province with the desire to join hands with Vietnamese localities and people to quickly control and quell the spread of the pandemic.

Receiving representative of Oudomsay provincial government, Consulate General of Vietnam in Luang Prabang Nguyen Dang Hung expressed his appreciation for the noble gesture of the provincial government to Vietnam. He said that he will soon transfer the money back to Vietnam to serve in the prevention of the pandemic.

On June 14, Thongsavanh Vongsamphan, deputy secretary of the Vientiane Provincial Party Committee, came to give 100 million Lao kip to Hai Duong province for use in the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, the leader of Luong Nam Tha province donated 80 million kip, and Phong Sa Ly province donated 25 million kip to support the people of Phu Tho province. The money will be transferred to the Fatherland Front of Phu Tho province to contribute to the pandemic prevention fund.

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Rosie Nguyen