No family should have to make the choice between food and education
Updated February 2021
On 28 January 2021, over a year after the first COVID case appeared in Vietnam and after almost two months without a community transmission, a new cluster broke out in Quang Ninh and Hai Duong. This outbreak came at a time right before Tet, the most important holiday for the Vietnamese people and when millions will travel to reunite with their families for the holiday.
Some communities are under complete lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. Many of these communities are rural areas and locations where there is a large number of immigrant factory workers. They are looking at a Tet holiday separated from their loved ones, losing income, and unsure of the future.
In some major cities and provinces, schools have been closed. Not only parents are, once again, facing with juggling childcare and work at the same time. But also schoolchildren have to do remote learning. This puts underprivileged children at an even larger disadvantage with insufficient resources and capacity to carry out online learning.
In 2020, Saigon Children’s Charity supported over 30,000 people from low-income backgrounds across Vietnam with almost 8,000 emergency food packages. We are closely monitoring the situation of the latest outbreak and commits to aiding vulnerable children with their learning so that no kid is left behind because of COVID disruptions.
|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.|
|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 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.
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: 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 over 8,000 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.