Đùm Bọc means
to care for and
to protect with love
Đùm Bọc is derived from a Vietnamese proverb, "LÁ LÀNH ĐÙM LÁ RÁCH", which is loosely translated into "HEALTHY LEAVES PROTECT TATTERED ONES".
It is a way to say that we should take care of the less fortunate.
SÀI GÒN AFTER LOCKDOWN
After 4 months of strict covid measures and over 1 month of military-supported “shelter in place” lockdown, Sài Gòn, along with many other provinces and cities in Việt Nam, starts to relax its strict covid curbs allowing for business and social activities to take place while co-existing with the virus.
THE NEW "NORMAL"
While millions of Sài Gòn residents look forward to the new “normal”, there is still an incredibly long road to recovery ahead for many. Migrant workers, riddled with debt incurred over the 4 month period, fled the city en masse to their hometowns in the countryside causing severe labor shortage.
Many impoverished families and children in Sài Gòn (along with other provinces) have become fully dependent on food relief and will continue to need food relief in the coming months.
While the national vaccination rate is up from 9% to 35%,
there is still limited access to vaccination for those in the marginalized and disadvantaged communities.
💻 Remote online learning is instituted for this academic year.
However, a lot of children do not have access to working electricity, let alone internet and computers for remote learning.
Efforts in past years to improve literacy rate will take a backseat leaving a lot children of disadvantaged communities prone to illiteracy.
Therefore, we will continue to provide relief to those who continue to need it in Việt Nam as they work their way back to recovery from covid’s deadly toll.
Founded in 1992, the organization has been helping disadvantaged children to get an education and a better start in life. To support kids and their family during COVID 19, Saigon Children has been distributing their COVID Backpacks program. Each backpack includes food staples along with books, stories, and games to take care of the kids’ development and mental wellbeing during this devastating pandemic.
At the moment, Saigon Children focuses on providing food relief for working-class families. So far, they’ve fed 205 families in low-income districts. A donation of $30 helps a family of four to have food for two weeks.
COURTESY OF SAIGON CHILDREN
Founded in 1999, Catalyst has been focusing on improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children in Việt Nam.
For this fundraiser, we will specifically support their COVID relief effort, which will send food to the community of Raglai ethnic minorities in Suối Đá - a hamlet between Cam Ranh and Phan Rang in southern Vietnam. A donation of $17.50 helps a family of four to have food for two weeks.
COURTESY OF CATALYST FOUNDATION