COVID-19-affected poor ethnic groups get supports

December, 25/2020 - 10:28

The northwest mountainous Hà Giang provincial People’s Committee and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have helped construct 26.5km of new rural roads connecting 17 hamlets of Yên Minh district and four other hamlets of Đồng Văn district.

Representatives of UNDP and Hà Giang province at the opening ceremony of total of 26.5km of new rural roads connecting 17 hamlets of Yên Minh district and four other hamlets of Đồng Văn district. — Photo courtesy of the UNDP.

HÀ GIANG — The northwest mountainous Hà Giang provincial People’s Committee and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have helped construct 26.5km of new rural roads connecting 17 hamlets of Yên Minh District and four other hamlets of Đồng Văn District.

The province said the rural road system will help connect rural mountainous communes of Na Khê, Lao Và Chai, Hữu Vinh, Ngâm La and Du Già with the centre of Yên Minh District, and hamlets of Lũng Táo and Sính Lũng communes with Đồng Văn District’s centre.

With funding and support from the Government of Japan, UNDP has helped more than 1,200 poor ethnic minority people whose livelihoods have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to earn an income.

Through this support, not only do ethnic minority people have more money for their daily lives, but they have also contributed to building roads that will improve transportation between hard-to-reach areas.

The UNDP’s gender-sensitive assessment of the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Việt Nam found that vulnerable households have been disproportionately impacted, especially households of ethnic people, migrant and informal workers.

Meanwhile, incomes from agriculture and tourism activities have been significantly reduced due to border closures and travel restrictions, worsening the already-challenging conditions being faced by ethnic groups living in Hà Giang Province.

Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in Việt Nam, said: “Besides providing incomes for more than 1,200 people to cover their essential needs and begin to recover their livelihoods during the pandemic, the 19 roads constructed through this project will assist 8,000 people from ethnic minorities in mountainous areas, including women, the elderly and children, to access education, health services, markets and employment, ensuring that no one is left behind.”

Dương Anh Phương, Vice chairwoman of the Hà Giang Women’s Union added: “This is a very helpful package to support the very poor who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also provided consultations and support for the women who received this assistance on how to more effectively use the money, such as buying seedlings, breeding stock, and the like.”

Phàn A Chẩu, head of Nà Ngù hamlet, Ngâm La commune said: “We are very happy, and all the support from the donor, the local government, and the Women’s Union is highly appreciated. Thanks for supporting us with new roads and income for the local poor people.”

UNDP has also mobilised funding from the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to provide emergency support for 600 members of fabric cooperatives in the province that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in which each member received VNĐ2.3 million ($100) and a PPE package to minimise the risk of infection. — VNS

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