Vietnam - Aid from Salesians in pandemic times

20 August 2021

(ANS - Ho Chi Minh) - The pandemic crisis in Vietnam has been increasingly more dramatic in the last two months. For this reason, the government is giving the order to lock down many cities and has urged all citizens to stay indoors to prevent the spread of the disease. In Ho Chi Minh, there is a large number of immigrant workers from other cities or provinces of the country who cannot go to work in their factories or companies due to the pandemic. Thus, they have no money to pay for food, to rent accommodation and other daily expenses. Many of them have tried to return to their cities and areas of origin by motorbike, despite the distance from Ho Chi Minh, while others have tried to continue living here, but the situation has become increasingly difficult.

The Salesians of many communities have been trying their best to limit the difficulties for these workers in the last two months. Below is a report of the activities carried out.

- Tam hai Parish has helped poor families with substantial food rations and a sum of money equal to 6,000 dollars;

- Xuan Hiep Parish, together with the Rinaldi community, provides clean water and food to families in isolation areas. These activities take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the evening;

- The community of Ben Cat, in collaboration with the parish of the same name, donated food and cash to families to meet their daily expenses;

- The St. Joseph Parish, on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh, is home to 60 orphans. Despite being poor, it shared rice, sugar, oil with the families;

- The Dong Thuan community, which runs a vocational training center with 300 students, has donated about 850 dollars to poor families in the area, mainly helping those of non-Catholic religion;

- The community and the parish of Tan Cang have helped the migrant workers financially, also giving them food rations. Also, they invited workers and young people in the area to pray daily for peace and for the end of the pandemic;

- Dalat, 300 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh, is an agricultural area whose fields give abundant vegetables. The community and the parish helped the needy by distributing vegetables, rice and noodles.

- The K'Long Community, which has the advantage of managing gardens, has collected vegetables and fruit to share with the poor of Ho Chi Minh whom they accompany.

- The Tan Ha community also did its best to support the needy by harvesting vegetables to send to poor families in Ho Chi Minh.

- Finally, the Duc Ninh community in the Thai Binh diocese celebrates daily mass to pray for peace in the nation, and has also shared money to help the poorest families in the area.


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