Migrant workers most affected by COVID-19 to receive embassies relief
Oxfam in Viet Nam, in collaboration with the New Zealand Embassy and the Embassy of Switzerland, announced a humanitarian aid project of nearly VND 1.3 billion to assist vulnerable migrant workers in Ho Chi Minh City overcome the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the next three months, the aid package will provide cash relief of 1,500,000 million VND to those in most need, following the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the epicentre of Ho Chi Minh City.
Over 700 of the most vulnerable migrant workers, especially women, in the most severely hit districts (Districts 4, 6, 9, 7,11, 12 and Binh Thanh), will receive a cash grant to help purchase essentials such as food and medicine.
The cash grants will be delivered by Oxfam’s partner organisations - the Center for Disability and Development (DRD), and the Center for Social Work Research and Community Development (SDRC) – who will work closely with local government and mass organisations.
The relief package was established following rapid assessments in August 2021 conducted by Oxfam in Viet Nam, and the two partner organisations, among migrant workers affected by COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City. The assessment found many informal migrant workers are facing a downward spiral of survival hardship. They have lost their jobs and income due to prolonged social distancing, and have few other options for receiving support.
New Zealand Chargé d’Affaires ad interim to Viet Nam Joseph Mayhew said: “This project demonstrates the strong partnership between New Zealand and Viet Nam".
According to Joseph Mayhew, this project is a practical initiative to help ease the economic impacts of COVID-19 on workers and their families.
"I am proud to say that through the Head of Embassy’s Fund, we have been able to support more than 3,000 women throughout Viet Nam impacted by COVID-19 in the last 12 months”, he said.
New Zealand Chargé d’Affaires ad interim to Viet Nam Joseph Mayhew.
Vanessa Di Giorgi, Diplomatic Attaché at the Swiss Embassy in Viet Nam, said Switzerland stands with Viet Nam to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this year, Switzerland has delivered medical supplies worth USD 5.5 million (VND 126 billion) to Viet Nam. Today, the Swiss Embassy is pleased to announce our humanitarian contribution to support vulnerable groups in HCMC, in joint partnership with Oxfam and SDRC.
"We appreciate the solidarity from the New Zealand and Swiss Embassies in providing support to people in need and leaving no one behind. Humanitarian assistance is an important program in Oxfam’s country strategy. Cash provision is the first line of critical and pragmatic support, which offers people a maximum degree of choice, flexibility and dignity. We will also do further research to identify priorities in supporting communities’ recovery from COVID-19 crisis”, said Pham Quang Tu, Oxfam in Viet Nam’s Deputy National Director.