COVID-19: Long-term physical and psychological effects on children

Updated May 2021

Vietnam is going through the worst wave of COVID-19 ever, and as the authorities and the people are doing all they can to fight it, there’s a vulnerable group who urgently need help. They are children.

COVID is disrupting their education and affecting their mental wellbeing. They are not able to meet their friends or learn from their teachers, and many are living in households hit by the economic impact of COVID.

For children in lockdown areas and from impoverished families, their lost education and lost time with friends can have devastating long-term effects, and for most online learning and development is not an option.

Join hands with us to give “COVID backpacks” to thousands of children in COVID-affected areas across Vietnam. In each of these backpacks are food staples to relieve the stress of families that can’t afford food anymore, but also books, stories, and games to take care of the child’s development and mental wellbeing. A childhood during COVID doesn’t have to mean a childhood that is wasted. Take action now so that the opportunity gap is not widened even more for disadvantaged children because of this pandemic.


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.


During this difficult and uncertain time, if you are in the position to help, please donate to our emergency fundto ensure that underprivileged children are taken care of both physically and mentally during this time.




Alternatively, you can donate through transfer to our bank account here. Kindly include “COVID 2021 – [your phone number]” in the transfer note.

For users of Momo e-wallet, you can donate directly to saigonchildren on Momo by scanning the QR code below on the app, or open this link on your mobile device (Please put your email address in the note so that we can update you of how your donation is used) https://payment.momo.vn/pay/store/MOMOTUUM20191113-saigonchildren 


Saigonchildren first launched a COVID appeal at the start of April 2020 to raise funds in order to provide relief packages for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. By tackling hunger within homes, saigonchildren was allowing 8,000 families to continue to support their children’s education and prevent them from dropping out.

This time also marks one year since saigonchildren first started our COVID emergency appeal, you can look at what we have achieved together over the past 12 months at: One Year Impact Report





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.

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