10:17 | 18/12/2020 Society
Last month, VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) organized a nation-wide campaign, “Our Hearts to Central Vietnam”, to raise funds for the victims of the devastating typhoon storms in Central Vietnam.
This initiative aims to raise awareness and funds for the victims across eight provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai, who have undergone harsh torrential rains for weeks, resulting in floods and landslides.
VCF’s CEO Rad Kivette revealed that much of the current disaster relief efforts in Central Vietnam are a continuation of the work the organization has accomplished there for years.
“As far as this quickly organized campaign goes, VCF has worked in almost every district and province that has been affected by the storms”, Kivette said.
The two storms during the first two weeks in October resulted in six times the average rainfall levels. According to a European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) Daily Flash Archive on November 27, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reports as of November 20, at least 1.5 million people have been directly impacted by these natural disasters, with 243 people dead or missing and over 600,000 flooded, damaged or destroyed houses. Bereft of sufficient resources, hundreds of families struggle to recover from these catastrophic events due to the lack of basic resources as well as the destruction of homes, crops, and other vital infrastructure.
The government of Quang Nam Province has tasked VCF to help rebuild Nam Tra My, the most devastated district in the province, and perhaps all of Vietnam. VCF previously trained doctors and nurses to help build the district hospital capacity and outfitted commune health centers with medical supplies in several districts.
“I have provided disaster relief assistance all over the world, and the Nam Tra My destruction is one of the worst. Entire mountains were just cut in half,” Kivette said. “Much has to be done in the future to rebuild what we’re there to rebuild - and much of that is urgent. But man-made problems can make natural disasters much worse. We must also rethink how to protect and develop the land to prevent future tragedies.”
The VCF urges the public to donate to the “Our Hearts to Central Vietnam” campaign. All of the campaign donations will be utilized to provide emergency response resources and services to impacted communities in Central Vietnam. This includes nutrition products, clean water, milk, hygiene and sanitary products, medical supplies, cleanup materials, and the rebuilding of vital infrastructure.
A musical concert was organized as the campaign’s fundraising launch event. With drinks sponsored by Lighthouse Indochina, the event was held at the Hard Rock Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City, on October 25, 2020. The concert featured performances from singer Phuong Vy, actor/singer Lam Vissay, singer Y Kroc, violinist Jmi Ko, singer Jang Mi, and singer Carol Thao My. After a night of enjoying these musical performances and with the support of OTG Nu Skin Vietnam in Hanoi, VCF raised over VND530 million. Since then, VCF has successfully raised over VND3.7 billion. Major donors to this total include HSBC Vietnam Bank, ExxonMobil, California Fitness and Yoga, and ON Semiconductor.
Kivette expressed his appreciation for how the concept of philanthropy in the Vietnamese community has grown over the last 20 years.
“We don’t hear enough about the generosity of the Vietnamese and international corporations when it comes to these kinds of disasters,” Kivette said. “We’ve organized many events over the years, and people will come and give to these causes. All we need to do is create that link between the donor and the people who need help.”
The VCF team works directly with local partners in these provinces to ensure that funds are used rapidly and effectively in the suffering communities. Disaster relief efforts are being categorized into three stages. Stage one has already commenced, which aims to provide emergency relief immediately after the disasters. This is completed by providing relief packages to 12,000 people across Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces. Stage two focuses on community rebuilding and resupplying. Stage three will involve making long-term improvements to prevent, or at least minimize the impact of future disasters.
“These people’s animals have drowned, and they have lost loved ones and injuries themselves. In this case, for Stage two disaster relief in central Vietnam, we compress the time span of the rebuilding efforts that we’ve already been providing, to weeks, rather than years,” Kivette said.
After the process of transporting donor contributions to aid the storm and typhoon victims in Stage one, VCF has entered stage two, which includes planning to renovate and rebuild homes, schools, hospitals, and commune medical facilities. Kivette is confident that the support from the healthcare centers that will be rebuilt will provide a substantial contribution to the health and safety of the disaster survivors.
“Effective sustainable development is a matrix of interdependent issues that must all be solved, to solve this one larger issue,” Kivette said. “On one hand, you have our six core programs, but running through each one is the treatment of gender equality, nutrition, poverty reduction, and environmental challenges. And unintended consequences must always be a question to address.”
Kivette also shared that VCF focuses on improving the health of underprivileged and underserved communities. The organization aims to help disadvantaged children become healthier, empowering their caregiving mothers to escape the home and lessen the family financial burden contributing to her family’s income, and escaping poverty.
ABOUT THE VINACAPITAL FOUNDATION
VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) is a US-registered 501 (c)(3) public charitable organization, registered as a foreign non-governmental organization in Vietnam. Founded in 2006, VCF aims to support the economic growth of Vietnam through healthcare and education programs. The work of VCF touches the lives of millions of Vietnamese in 63 provinces every year. About The VinaCapital Foundation VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) is a US-registered 501 (c)(3) public charitable organization, registered as a foreign non-governmental organization in Vietnam. Founded in 2006, VCF aims to support the economic growth of Vietnam through healthcare and education programs. The work of VCF touches the lives of millions of Vietnamese in 63 provinces every year.
VCF’s grassroots medical programs for children and their mothers include Heartbeat Vietnam which funds heart surgeries, including pre- and post-operative care, Rural Outreach Clinics to screen children in remote areas for disease. Medical capacity building programs include Critical Response – providing advanced training courses for healthcare professionals, emergency medical equipment, and clean water systems for healthcare centers and schools in remote areas, Survive to Thrive – improving neonatal care in Vietnam. VCF’s education initiative, A Brighter Path, is an empowerment and scholarship program for disadvantaged but academically talented ethnic minority girls that ultimately improves communities and reduces poverty.
Lily Megan Pine