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Two NGOs support vulnerable households and children in Central Vietnam

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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December 17, 2020 | 07:13

Two non-governmental organizations Save the Children and World Vision are joining hands to support 12,889 vulnerable households and about 4,800 school children in the flooded areas in Central region of Vietnam to help them recover from damage and educational disruption through the European Union’s Emergency Consortium Project.

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Two NGOs support vulnerable households and children
Save the Children and World Vision join hands to support 12,889 vulnerable households and about 4,800 school children in the flooded areas in Central Vietnam.

World Vision and Save the Children join hands to support 12,889 most vulnerable households and about 4,800 school children in the areas affected by severe floods in Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue provinces to address the damages caused by floods, the lack of clean and safe water and hygiene, and the disruption of education for children.

These EUR 800.000-worth of integrated interventions are funded by The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) within the framework of its Vietnam Central Emergency Flooding Response project.

The joint action between World Vision and Save the Children is implemented during a four-month period (November 2020 – February 2021) through an integrated package of interventions, including education kits, household kits and WASH kits at home and school. Their proposed actions aim to provide immediate assistance to those in the most urgent needs, in support of the local government response and in line with the Vietnam's Government request for relief assistance.

The action design was based on the results of the joint Damage and Needs Assessment between the government and humanitarian organizations, as well as national and sub-national government agencies' reports.

In details, the collaboration between Save the Children and World Vision consists of improving access to safe, clean water and hygiene through the provision of water tanks, water containers, water facilities and treatment chemicals; supporting affected children to continue education at home and school through the provision of learning kits and school supplies; and facilitating continuity of daily life through the provision of household kits for affected families.

The action design will promote review of existing disaster risk reduction plans integrated into early action/ early warning to be better prepared for future disasters, and child and vulnerable adult safeguarding will be mainstreamed in all relevant and appropriate sectoral activities.

Two NGOs support vulnerable households and children
At the hand-over ceremony.
Two NGOs support vulnerable households and children
Vietnam's central region has been ravaged by floods over the past days. Photo: VNA

“World Vision expresses our deepest empathy towards the families that are experiencing loss, relocation, and difficult living conditions. This series of disasters has deepened the COVID-19 pandemic’s existing impact on the vulnerable. We are committed to acting fast and to working closely with the Vietnam Disaster Management Group, UN agencies, international NGOs – including Save the Children, and other concerning stakeholders to relieve the direst needs of affected children and community people,” stated World Vision Vietnam’s National Director Tran Thu Huyen.

Meanwhile, Dragana Strinic, Country Director of Save the Children in Vietnam shared: “There is no doubt that the series of tropical storms in Central Vietnam have had devastating effect on people’s lives. As children are among the most affected groups in terms of educational disruption and unsafe environment to live in, Save the Children has prioritized our interventions towards the most deprived children to ensure a safe learning environment in which physical safety and psycho-social well-being of the deprived children are secured and supported.”

As of October 28, the extreme weather events had occurred in residential areas housing 7.8 million people, of which 1.5 million people and children were directly affected1 and exposed to significant risks of disease, hunger, injury, and death. Many have been separated from their families and children kept away from school, leading to severe protection and safeguarding concerns./.

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