The New Zealand Embassy is providing VND800 million (NZ$50,000) to support 270 households in five communes in Kim Mon District, Hai Duong Province – a region hit hard by the pandemic earlier this year.
Hai Duong Province experienced a serious COVID-19 outbreak ahead of Tet, which had a significant impact on socio-economic development of Hai Duong. Farming families were especially impacted, due to a decline in food demand and major disruptions to exports from the region.
To empower vulnerable poor women to overcome difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, EMWF, in collaboration with the Women’s Union of Hai Duong Province, will support 270 poor and vulnerable women’s households; priority is given to households with people with disabilities with the total number of beneficiaries expected to be 1,215 people in five communes of Kinh Mon District, Hai Duong Province.
“This is the third COVID-19 relief project the New Zealand Embassy has supported and demonstrates the strong partnership between New Zealand and Vietnam,” said New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Tredene Dobson.
“This practical initiative will help ease the economic impacts of COVID-19 on women and their families. Certain groups have become more economically vulnerable during the pandemic, and we believe that this project will help families in Hai Duong to get back on their feet.”
Through the project, vulnerable female-headed households will receive support to restore their livelihoods to improve incomes, especially when the situation is unstable. These households will also receive financial hardship relief to support their purchase of necessities such as food, medicine, children’s books, and tuition fees or/and healthcare services.
Nguyen Hong Hanh, Country Director of East Meets West Foundation, said, “Restoring livelihoods and empowering women is one of our main goals in our COVID-19 pandemic recovery projects, also reduces the socio-economic impact of the epidemic on vulnerable groups. We believe that this project, with cooperation with the Women’s Union of Hai Duong Province, vulnerable poor women families will have the opportunity to access resources for sustainable economic development and overcome the difficulties caused by the pandemic.”