Caritas Vietnam: Aiding Recovery After Flooding in Central Vietnam
The house of Mr. Hồ Văn Bình
The rains come every summer to this mountainous region of central Vietnam. But for two weeks this October the rain never stopped, resulting in historic flooding. For this narrow strip of land nestled between 1,200km of coastline to the east and the Annamite mountain range to the west, there is little room for error. When the tide comes in, rainfall coming down the mountains is not able to flow to the sea, and the result is devastating floods. Over 200 people have perished, buried in mudslides or drowned. For those who survive, lost and destroyed houses add to the misery.
As dire as the situation is, these are the moments that reveal the Vietnamese spirit of charity and compassion, expressed in the proverb that “healthy leaves cover torn leaves.” Donations and aid have come from home and abroad, from students and the elderly, from individuals and organizations. Many of these benefactors entrusted Caritas Vietnam with their donations. The following projects are being undertaken in their name.
Mr. Hồ Văn Phức
On October 6, 2020 Caritas Vietnam, through the Vietnam Bishops' Conference, delivered emergency aid to the Archdiocese of Hue and to Caritas Ha Tinh in the amount of 2.5 billion VND ($100,000 USD). This immediate cash donation has been followed by ongoing relief efforts intended to help those in need recover homes and livelihoods.
Phase 1 consisted of building 48 homes in Ha Tinh Diocese and building 17 and repairing 10 homes in Hue Diocese, at a total cost of 4 billion VND ($170,000).
Phase 2, which is still ongoing, directs 6 billion VND ($250,000) to the installation of three water purification systems and the construction of two community centers in Ha Tinh, and 3.5 billion VND ($150,000) to relocate 87 affected households in Hue and rebuild or repair their homes, as necessary.
The details of Phase 3 will be published upon implementation.
Caritas Vietnam has also received donations of supplies, food, clothing and medicine from individuals and organizations which have been delivered to the dioceses of Kontum, Hue and Ha Tinh.
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In the aftermath of the historic storms of October 2020, the world was saddened to see many people killed and countless properties submerged in floods and landslides.Even to this day, the people of Central Vietnam still struggle to rebuild their lives. The generosity of so many people has begun to alleviate the hardships that natural disasters caused them.
The Mass of laying the first stone, officially started construction of the flood-control house at Tien Nghia Parish, Ha Tinh Diocese
After the historic flood in October 2020, many relief teams went to Tien Nghia to help and many people shed tears when directly witnessing the situation of the people here. The Bishop of Ha Tinh Diocese, Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop and Caritas Vietnam 's survey team, Caritas Ha Tinh have come here many times after the flood to provide relief to the people. What everyone here recognizes and dreams of is that this place needs a solid house, high enough and strong enough for each flood, people have a place to live, for valuable applications such as motorbikes. , electronics and even pets. However, for them, dream is forever a dream, because they are struggling every day to eat.
Caritas Vietnam alone has also received a lot of contributions from all sectors in Vietnam and abroad, organizations and individuals sent to help the people of the Central Region. How touching is that when the spirit of Christian charity is expressed in action, human love still abounds while our brothers and sisters are in need. The spirit of mutual love, the good leaves that support the torn leaves are expressed practically and lovingly.
From November 9-12, 2020, Caritas Vietnam representative, Fr. Joseph Ngo Si Dinh, OP, Director of Caritas Vietnam, Fr. Peter Nguyen Trong Duong, SVD., his assistant, visited and assessed flooded areas.