Saigonchildren has provided 7,000 relief packages to children and their families in the six provinces of Đồng Nai, Hậu Giang, Tây Ninh, Tiền Giang and Trà Vinh and in HCM City. Photo Courtesy of Saigonchildren
HCM CITY— Saigon Children’s Charity (saigonchildren) is launching its second emergency COVID-19 appeal in an effort to provide relief to areas most affected by the new COVID-19 wave and to continue its support to recipients who need assistance.
Damien Roberts, executive director of Saigon Children’s Charity, said: “This pandemic has impacted the jobs of 30.8 million people, and the worst affected are women and unskilled and informal workers, those we support the most.”
The organisation first made a COVID-19 appeal in April and raised over US$400,000 thanks to generous corporate and individual donors. These donations have allowed saigonchildren to provide 7,000 relief packages to children and their families in HCM City and the six provinces of Đồng Nai, Hậu Giang, Tây Ninh, Tiền Giang and Trà Vinh.
Since the second outbreak of COVID-19 first appeared in Đà Nẵng at the end of July, saigonchildren has witnessed a great need to expand its relief support, aimed specifically at supporting poor residents of Đà Nẵng and Quảng Nam Province.
According to the Đà Nẵng Department of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs, more than 216,380 uncontracted and freelance workers are affected by the pandemic in the city. Over 50,000 people in the city’s poor and near-poor households are among the most impacted by social distancing measures and the closure of businesses.
Due to the restrictions being applied, saigonchildren will partner with local NGOs and Union of Friendship Organizations to help distribute support packages of food staples and other necessities.
Saigonchildren is aiming to raise enough to support children from poor families based in Quảng Nam and Đà Nẵng who previously were not under the wings of the charity, as well as support the children already in its programmes.
According to the charity this second COVID appeal will aim to continue the effective mission of the first appeal: improving food security to alleviate the pressure that families feel around providing an education. However, it will also be reaching out to children whose households have been impacted by COVID-19 in an attempt to provide more scholarships for deserving and hardworking children. VNS