Bayer Vietnam, in collaboration with the Women’s Charity Association of Ho Chi Minh City, has launched a new initiative to support disadvantaged communities hit hard by the pandemic.
|With this programme, Bayer and WOCA wish to bring peace and happiness to families |
Bayer Vietnam along with the Women’s Charity Association of Ho Chi Minh City (WOCA) will provide relief packages in the form of nutritional, educational, and livelihood support to selected communities that have been severely affected by COVID-19, including seniors without family, disadvantaged women, and children.
This effort is part of the Strengthen Resilience of Vulnerable People in Vietnam during COVID-19 programme implemented by WOCA. Bayer has donated just under $40,000 to the programme.
From now until July, the programme will be implemented in Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, and Hau Giang provinces to assist underprivileged families. As a result of the project, affected families can receive nutritional and educational assistance, as well as useful information about pandemic prevention and assistance to maintain their livelihoods.
To start the year on a bright note, Bayer and WOCA organised the programme’s first event on January 7 to distribute relief packages in Nha Be and Can Gio districts. Similar events took place in Hoc Mon District, District 8, and District 12 in the month, and the programme will continue to provide relief packages for the needy and vulnerable at multiple locations until summer.
In the first phase, Bayer and WOCA are distributing some 700 relief packages, including necessities, essential medical devices and medicines, and monetary assistance to help disadvantaged families.
Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, head of Human Resources at Bayer Vietnam said, “Over the past two years, the pandemic has caused a lot of painful losses around the world and Vietnam is not an exception. Many people are unable to work while children are struggling to gain access to education. Understanding the difficulties that the disadvantaged communities are facing, with the help of WOCA, we have implemented this programme to help people overcome challenges and cope with the impact of the pandemic.”
In addition, Bayer will also support children’s education with online learning tools such as tablets and virtual educational programmes. One such programme is the Science Switch, a virtual education platform where children can learn about science in a fun and engaging way from the safety of their homes. The tablets will be presented to children in July for the new school year.
Speaking about the programme, WOCA president Nguyen Thi Hue said, “WOCA is grateful for the valuable donations from Bayer Vietnam to extend support to communities that are badly affected. Through this joint programme, we also want to send a message of hope, sincerity, and optimism to our communities.”
The initiative has also attracted the voluntary participation of many Bayer Vietnam employees. Its volunteers have continued their efforts to distribute relief packages as well as send other types of care to vulnerable families, senior citizens, and children.
“This programme is part of Bayer’s corporate social responsibility activities focusing on health and social needs and, in Vietnam, we have implemented these activities for years with the assistance of NGOs and charity organisations,” Thu Ha said. “Over the past few years, WOCA has been a great partner in accompanying Bayer on this journey to support the communities and we are grateful for their support. Together, we hope to continue doing good deeds and giving back to society.”
As Lunar New Year is around the corner, Bayer and WOCA hope that the programme will bring peace and happiness to families while increasing their faith in the kindness of their communities. In line with Bayer’s vision of “Health for all, Hunger for none,” the programme is demonstrating the company’s commitment to Vietnam as a socially responsible enterprise.