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Vietnamese in Poland: Sharing spirit in the ranging pandemic

April 06, 2021 | 08:22

The Vietnamese community in Poland is highly respected by Polish friends. During Poland's social blockade, most Vietnamese restaurants sent staff to cook for Polish doctors and anti-pandemic forces.

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Vietnamese in Poland: Sharing spirit in the ranging pandemic
Deputy Minister Dang Minh Khoi, Chairman of the State Committee for overseas Vietnamese, presented Ms. Viet Trieu with the gift from Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. (Photo: TG&VN)

Ms. Nguyen Viet Trieu, Member of Association of the Vietnamese in Europe, Vice-Chairman of Vietnamese Association in Poland, said: "At the end of 2019, I represented the Vietnamese Association in Poland to attend the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese. Shortly thereafter, the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Vietnam so I stayed in Vietnam due to the urgent need of the Association to receive masks, disinfectant water, and vitamins sent by the Vietnamese community in Poland to support the local people. Due to the needs of the job, I decided that staying in Vietnam would make a better contribution."

Vietnamese in Poland: Sharing spirit in the ranging pandemic
Trieu representing the Vietnamese Association in Poland gave gifts to people in the Central region affected by the floods. (Photo: TG&VN)

Vietnamese sharing spirit shown through medical masks

In the pandemic period in Vietnam, medical masks become rare. According to Ms. Trieu, many Vietnamese in Poland use their own money, looking everywhere to buy medical masks to send to people in Vietnam. Even when they could manage to buy masks, the shipping process faced tons of struggles. Some Vietnamese who usually earning money by sending goods from Poland to Vietnam were willing to book flight tickets to transfers those masks without asking for any profit.

Thanks to the support from the Vietnam Embassy to Poland, the State Committee for overseas Vietnamese, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, those shipments went well.

Ms. Trieu said that at that time, medical masks in the country were extremely in shortage. She was touched to see that a trade union officer of a large hospital in Hanoi waited patiently to receive the shipment of masks sent by the Vietnamese community in Poland because the hospital only has 20 masks left.

Vietnamese in Poland: Sharing spirit in the ranging pandemic
Polish Ambassador to Vietnam Wojciech Gerwel received gifts from the Vietnamese community in Poland. (Photo: TG&VN)

Test kits sent to Poland to support the fight against COVID-19

Only a short time later, Poland became one of the worst-hit nations in Europe. The country records tens of thousands of new cases per day. Ms. Trieu was assigned a new task: buy COVID-19 test kits made by Vietnam to send to Poland's government. Poland's President Andrzej Duda highly appreciated this gift. Nearly a year later, the Polish Ambassador to Vietnam Wojciech Gerwel still referred to the gift as "the most memorable event in his life as a diplomat".

The Vietnamese community in Poland is also highly respected by Polish friends because, during Poland's social blockade, most Vietnamese restaurants sent staff to cook for Polish doctors and anti-pandemic forces. In addition, the Vietnamese Association in Poland also established the Anti-Covid-19 Community Committee to support Vietnamese in Poland who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 with money, necessities, and free medical advice ...

Last September and October, when the central region was struck by floods, although the Covid-19 pandemic in Poland was complicated developed, the Vietnamese community in Poland still wholeheartedly supported and donated for local people suffering flood. Ms. Trieu and some other members of the Vietnamese Association in Poland traveled to six provinces isolated by storms and floods to give gifts to people. Until now, Ms. Trieu still cannot forget that stormy trip.

In addition to her job in the Vietnamese Association in Poland and the Vietnam Women's Union in Poland, Ms. Trieu has accompanied the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund and the Hoang Sa - Truong Sa Club for more than seven years.

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