The Covid-19 crisis in Ho Chi Minh city has left many poor, urban families without a way to make a living. This project helps the most precarious families, with mothers engaged in prostitution, recover stability and eliminate the risk of their children leaving school early. We do this through holistic support, including food packages and hygiene kits, health insurance, medicine, school fees for children, and regular staff visits to identify their challenges and quickly provide effective support.
At-risk families in Ho Chi Minh city face crime, HIV, income insecurity, unemployment, overcrowded living conditions, and lack of nutrition and social protection. Simultaneously, their children struggle to attend online learning because of precarious housing situations and a lack of support from caregivers who are also experiencing high levels of stress. This dramatically affects their education and puts them at risk of leaving school early.
We provides essential food packages every two weeks and hygiene kits monthly to the families. The parents are given free health insurance. We pay the children's tuition fees, health insurance, school supplies and provide mentorship from college students to improve their learning performance and mitigate the risk of leaving school early. Our staff visit the families regularly and provide support helping them to reduce pressure as well as better cope with their situation.
With holistic support including social protection, education, health care and nutrition to poor families, we seek to create an effective process of recovery for those hit hardest by Covid-19 and give them the strength to bounce back stronger after the pandemic. Involving youth college students in recovery efforts, incorporating their voices in solutions, and connecting their abilities with marginalized communities will create huge positive impacts for society as a whole.