Lan Anh, 21, left her hometown in Nghe An for Dong Nai in early 2021. She and her husband found jobs in a garment company, earning enough for their living and preparation to welcome their first baby in December. All was going well until the fourth wave of Covid-19 knocked them down. They both lost their jobs in early July when the lockdown was imposed on half of Vietnam. Her sister, a second-year student, also ran to her for support. They cut their food cost to a survival level of VND 20,000 – VND 30,000 per day and stayed resilient for opportunities in the recovery phase of the crisis.
Lan Anh was among 1,707 Vietnamese workers receiving financial support from Nami and Friends Program during the last two months (295 persons received VND one million and 1,412 received VND 500,000 each). The list of beneficiary workers included many women raising small children and was compiled by grassroots trade unions at the industrial centres such as HCMC, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Long An, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Tay Ninh.
Initiated and managed by Nami Energy, Nami and Friends Program has quickly expanded thanks to the valuable contribution of its staff, business partners and hundreds of individual donors at home and abroad. In addition, Nami Solar (a member of Nami Energy) and its staff also supported 100 workers of several companies in Sonadezi Giang Dien Industrial Park (Dong Nai), one of Nami’s key business partners.
“We are overwhelmed by our donors' generosity and unparalleled kindness. Their support is extremely crucial to help these workers through challenging times, bounce back, and resume working for economic recovery. We are grateful for the positive energy the donors brought to our Covid-19 relief programme and the resilient spirit of the workers.” said Luu Hoang Ha, Chairman of Nami Energy.
The program will support an additional 415 workers in the next two weeks, bringing the number of supported workers in total to 2,222.