Overseas Vietnamese in Macau sends Covid-19 relief gifts to fellow countrymen

50 Covid-19 relief gifts were handed over needy Vietnamese Macanese by the Overseas Vietnamese in Macau Association.
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Overseas Vietnamese in Macau sends Covid-19 relief gifts to fellow countrymen
Pregnant women and those with small kids are among the gift receivers (Photo: Thoi Dai)

Statistics from the Association show there are currently over 22,000 Vietnamese nationals living and working in Macau, most of which are housekeepers and service staff at casinos, earning some US $500-1,000 per month. Many have been laid off from work or even unemployed as the Covid-19 pandemic takes its toll.

To date, over 2,000 Vietnamese employees working in the hospitality industry are unemployed and could not return to Vietnam due to international flight ban. Without monthly income, a large number of Vietnamese Macanese are spending their savings as the last resort.

In the face of such adversity, the Charity Committee of Overseas Vietnamese in Macau Association is crowdfunding to help out their fellow countrymen whose lives are disrupted by the novel pandemic. A total of 50 pandemic relief gifts were sent, each worth around US $1.88.

On behalf of the Association, Mr. Duong Trung Duc expressed his gratitude towards philanthropists for their help. He added that there are still many Vietnamese Macanese in need of support, therefore he is calling for more support from benefactors.

Overseas Vietnamese in Macau sends Covid-19 relief gifts to fellow countrymen
Vietnamese Macanese waiting for their turns to receive the gifts (Photo: Thoi Dai)

To overcome the hurdles brought along by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Overseas Vietnamese in Macau Association has held numbers of charitable activities to support their needy fellow countrymen.

As reported by Bao Quoc Te, the overseas Vietnamese in Macau Association was founded last November and licensed by the Government of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR), aiming at upholding the spirit of mutual love, support and solidarity among Vietnamese nationals in Macau and other parts of the world.

Unfortunate Vietnamese nationals who passed away in Macau away from family often got help from the Association in terms of needed death procedures and financial support. Those suffering server diseases, or involved in accidents are also listed as benefactors of the Overseas Vietnamese in Macau Association. Members of the Association would visit the patients themselves and send them best wishes on recovery.

The number of unemployed Vietnamese Macanese during Covid-19 time has amounted to around 2,000 people. To help them, the association and sponsors have distributed daily necessities, including food, rice, and a sum of VND 900 million (nearly US $ 40,000).

The Association has also done a lot of good deeds to help those in difficult situations in Vietnam. It has awarded 12 portions of money to families stricken by floods in central Vietnam. A total of VND 1 billion (US $43,451) was also sent to Hai Duong in support of its Covid-19 fight.

The Overseas Vietnamese in Macau Association has had considerable contribution to the joint activities of the Consulate General of Vietnam in Hong Kong and Macau, partly supporting the protection of citizens, as well as contributing to community development.

“We are planning on more activities to introduce the image of Vietnamese country, culture and people to Macanese, cooperate with local government and organizations to communicate and educate Vietnamese Macanese about the law of the host country.

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