No family should have to make the choice between food and education
Since the second outbreak of COVID-19 first appeared in Da Nang at the end of July, saigonchildren has witnessed a great need to expand its relief support, aimed specifically at supporting impoverished residents of the Da Nang and Quang Nam provinces. This is essential as the pandemic has hit tourism areas such as these particularly hard and low-income seasonal workers struggle to find enough economic resources to keep their families fed and educated.
The Da Nang economy shrank by 3.61 percent in the first half of this year, its first contraction in the 23 years since it became a centrally administered city. According to the Da Nang Department of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs, there are 216,387 uncontracted and freelance workers being affected by the pandemic in the city. Over 50,000 people in the city’s poor and near-poor households are amongst the most impacted by social distancing measures and the closure of businesses.
This second COVID appeal will aim to continue the incredibly effective mission of the first – improving food security to alleviate the pressure that families feel around providing an education. However, it will additionally 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.
|Saigon Children’s Charity CIO (saigonchildren) was founded in 1992 to help disadvantaged Vietnamese children to get an education and a fairer start in life. saigonchildren works exclusively in Vietnam and is committed to overcoming barriers to education for children, including poverty, geography, knowledge and disability.|
|Đầy is a student of Spring primary school in Hau Giang. Suffering from poor health, his father is unable to take laborious jobs like what most other men in the countryside do to contribute to the family’s income. Instead, he tends to the family’s rice field and occasionally catches snails and crabs if his health permits. Most of the financial responsibility in the family falls on the shoulders of Đầy’s mother, who is a factory worker. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, her factory closed and she has been furloughed since March. Now, in addition to helping in the rice field, she collects firewood in the hope that someone would buy it so she could make some small income. Feeling for his parents’ struggles, during school closure, Đầy went to catch birds to add to the family’s food and caught snails to sell, even though at most he only made half a dollar a day.|
During this difficult and uncertain time, if you are in the position to help, please donate to our emergency fund to ensure that our students can stay healthy and continue learning.
Alternatively, you can donate through transfer to our bank account here. Kindly include “COVID Emergency Fund” in the transfer note.
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Saigonchildren first launched a COVID appeal at the start of April to raise funds in order to provide relief packages for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. By tackling hunger within homes, saigonchildren was allowing over 7,000 families to continue to support their children’s education and prevent them from dropping out.
We have created a virtual board for our children to write their thank you message to you, the donors. You can add your own messages to them here too if you wish.