GOOD NEWS FROM VIETNAM AS OUR LATEST HOUSING PROJECT HAS JUST BEGUN IN VINH LONG!
We first visited the family back in December whilst our team was finishing our last housing project. Mr and Mrs Bảy are already in their 60s and still working unskilled and labouring jobs day to day to support their family. Their son, Phong, is 40 and suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has been unable to work all his life. Hồng, 9, their granddaughter and Phong's niece also lives with them and is currently attending primary school. Her mother is currently working in Saigon and sending money back to the family in Vinh Long.
WE'LL BE SUPPORTING THE FAMILY THROUGH 3 ACTIONS.
The current house is liveable but in a state of disrepair. It is in close proximity (about 4m) to the nearest river and not on raised ground. The roof is also in poor condition but there are two standing walls that can be renovated and built around to improve the living space and provide a cleaner, safer house.
We will providing financial assistance the family to support Phong's medical care. Unfortunately the medication and doctor's fees are a fairly large expense to the family considering they still have a variety of other outgoings that need to be taken into account. At the moment they are unable to pay for hospital visits and have only been able to purchase medication sporadically which can have a difficult impact on Phong as well as the rest of the family. We are supporting for 1 year of medical care for Phong to ease this financial burden on the family and working with them to develop the means to be able to start supporting the fees themselves in the future
MICROFINANCE FOR NEW WORK EQUIPMENT
Currently, Mr and Mrs Bảy work at local rice fields and farms shearing grass and crops as well as clearing the natural waste left behind. We are providing them with a loan to purchase new equipment that will allow them to set up contracts for more consistent work as they can complete jobs more efficiently. Also, this will reduce the physicality of the work, a crucial impact as they are still supporting a family despite both being over 60 years old and should ideally be lessening their workload.