USAID Funds 2 Projects Supporting Persons With Disabilities in Thua Thien Hue

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and local partners announced two USAID awards to support persons with disabilities in Thua Thien-Hue province.

The event is held via both in-person and online formats. Source: ACDC

Recently, in Thua Thien Hue, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and partners co-operated an announcement ceremony for two projects assisting persons with disabilities in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

The new awards are part of the project “Improved quality of life of persons with disabilities in provinces heavily sprayed with Agent Orange” (Inclusion - I) by and project “Raising voices, creating opportunities - II” (RVCO - II) funded by USAID through the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) and the Action for the Community Development Centre (ACDC).

At the ceremony, James Gilman, acting director of USAID’s Reconciliation and Inclusive Development Office stressed that Thua Thien Hue has been an important partner of the U.S. Government. Moreover, Hue was among the first provinces in Vietnam with which the USAID Disability Program worked, including on supportive devices assistance, inclusive education, vocational training, and employment for children and persons with disabilities.

Inclusion - I represents a concerted effort by USAID to partner with local organizations as primary implementers, reinforcing USAID’s objective to work with the Government of Vietnam and local partners to achieve sustainable results, Gilman said.

Under the “Raising Voices, Creating Opportunities” project, ACDC and its partners expect to continue generating positive changes in awareness and attitudes towards persons with disabilities, and strengthening institutions and policies to remove barriers to inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Key interventions will include improving physical accessibility, access to healthcare and other social services, facilitating engagement in social life, and advocating for disability equity and disability rights.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Action for the Community Development Centre (ACDC) in November 2020 coordinated to provide relief aid for people with disabilities who have been affected by floods in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. Source: ACDC

At the end of the ceremony, Ho Dan, deputy director of provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs appreciated the cooperation of the parties involved in two projects to assist persons with disabilities in the province supported by USAID.

He hoped that related departments, units, districts, towns and cities will enhance close coordination with the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs as well as strengthen information sharing and coordinate in decision-making to ensure the project's goals, also meet the needs of the province, of persons with disabilities and the requirements of USAID.

Over last 30 years, the U.S. Government has has been carrying out many projects in various forms in Vietnamese localities to address the war consequences and improve the quality of life in communities affected by Agent Orange sprayed during the war.

USAID has a robust portfolio of activities working across eight provinces heavily sprayed with Agent Orange (Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, and Kon Tum), covering a variety of services for persons with disabilities.

(vietnamtimes.org.vn)