Vietnam

COVID-19 Update: May 15th 2020

As of May the 14th, there have been 288 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Vietnam. 252 patients have fully recovered and no deaths. More than 261,000 tests have been performed.

The Government has relaxed social-distancing rules and has allowed the resumption of non-essential services including bars as long as they maintain preventative measures. Since our last update, schools have reopened (every child in Vietnam is now back at school for the first time since February 1st!), as have several tourist destinations. Public bus transport has now resumed as normal and domestic flights can carry 100% passengers instead of 80%. Masks continue to be recommended, but are no longer mandatory and are not worn widely now.

As a result, Hagar staff have been able to start travelling to provinces to meet with clients and conduct field assessments again. While Hagar staff were able to return to the office several weeks ago, they were unable to travel due to the restrictions and still had to conduct meetings and sessions with clients over the phone. However, 100% of Hagar Vietnam’s operations are now running again and a big area of focus going forward will be helping existing and former clients find new economic opportunities.

COVID-19 Update: April 30th 2020

As at Tuesday, the 28th of April, there were 270 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Vietnam. 222 of these cases have recovered and so far there have been no deaths. More than 213,000 tests have been performed. 

Hanoi continues to be the most impacted city and some provinces in Vietnam have continued their mandate that no visitors from Hanoi are allowed to enter their province. However, Nghe An and Yen Bai provinces (where Hagar delivers economic empowerment, prevention and capacity building projects) have informed Hagar Vietnam that staff can begin to visit as of next week, pending no new infections are confirmed. 

It is still mandatory to wear a mask whenever you go outside but some of the social distancing rules have also been relaxed in Vietnam this week. Some restaurants and businesses have opened and Hagar Vietnam staff have returned to working from the Hagar office. Bars, massage parlors, sidewalk cafes and religious gatherings remain forbidden but there is talk that high schools may be able to open soon. 

Hagar clients continue to require additional support at this time including counselling, emergency assistance, and/or career planning for after COVID-19. The story below is a direct copy of what the Hagar Vietnam team sent through this week regarding one woman they have been able to assist during this time: 

“*Mai is one of the first clients that Hagar received when we first started working in Vietnam. Mai has been suffering the trauma caused by domestic violence. Mai with Hagar’s care, gradually escaped the ghost of her painful past to become more independent and self-sufficient in her life. Thanks to Hagar, Mai had the opportunity to receive vocational training and is currently working at a restaurant. Although the work is hard and her income is low, Mai works very hard to earn enough money to raise her high-school son and manage their living costs. Every day that has passed, she has to live in panic and worry about whether she and her son would have food to eat tomorrow.

With our mission of “the whole journey”, although the case had closed for nearly 2 years, the case manager has always followed up Mai’s situation during the pandemic. Knowing the difficulty she was facing, Hagar quickly subsidized nutrition to ensure that she was in good physical and mental health. Particularly, understanding the stress and fears of being unemployed, the case manager provides Mai with information about government support packages and guides her on how to prepare and submit the administrative documents to receive this support. Thanks to the care and guidance of Hagar, Mai was relieved and less tense about the economic burden when finished the registration for the government support package.

Our Work in Vietnam

Now a make-up and hair specialist, Hoa was once trafficked into the sex industry from Vietnam. Read about her inspiring recovery journey with Hagar here.

Vietnam remains a significant target for traffickers. Vulnerable women, men, and children are at risk of sex trafficking and forced labour. Women are trafficked as brides to neighbouring countries, as well as further afield, with incidents of trafficking that reach as far as Europe.

Domestic violence is also widespread. Nearly 60% of married women have suffered from physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime.

In Vietnam, we support women and their children who have fled from severe domestic violence and human trafficking. Our programmes in Vietnam include trauma counselling, education, job training and organising safe accommodation in the community.

We have developed strong partnerships, including with the Yen Bai Women’s Union in to build their capacity to prevent trafficking and protect survivors in Northern Vietnam.

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By partnering with Hagar, you're supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you. 

Help us Transform Lives

Donate Now

By partnering with Hagar, you're supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you. 

 

Help us Transform Lives

Donate Now

By partnering with Hagar, you're supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you. 

 

Help us Transform Lives

Donate Now

By partnering with Hagar, you're supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you. 

 

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