Last January REACH HUE provided three villages of Quang Dien district with fully equipped community medicine cabinets.
Quang Dien, the district that endures catastrophe
The tropical storms of 2020 monsoon season caused many fatalities and material losses to the local communities in Quang Dien resulting in tremendous disruptions to the lives of people in Central Vietnam.
Located in the north of Thua Thien Hue province, Quang Dien district resides at the lowest point of the region, making it susceptible to high flood levels.
Consequently, the villagers are the victim of harsh weather conditions every year: the storms obstruct students’ journey to school and floods land in agricultural villages such as Phú Ngạn, Đông Lâm.
As flood levels rose and remained in the area for a month it brought along many serious diseases such as diarrhea, scabies, chemical and food poisoning, and other digestive diseases.
REACH Hue provided the local people with community medicine cabinets
Knowing the precarious situation confronted by Quang Dien people, REACH Hue center immediately worked to find the most suitable and practical solution.
After multiple interactions with the region REACH staff gain a good understanding of the demographics, living conditions, and their immediate needs.
After much consultation, it was decided to install medicine ‘cabinets’ (medical kits) in the three areas: Đông Lâm village, Phú Ngạn village, and Quảng Phước primary school in Thủ Lễ village.
This was a very meaningful and practical contribution to these neighborhoods which are located far from the province center and are under-supplied with medicines and medical kits.
REACH Hue quickly planned the support and placed orders for the cabinets and purchased essential medicines. They were determined to accomplish this task within one week. As Lunar New Year was fast approaching finding the suppliers was not a simple task.
Under the leadership and supervision of the center’s managers, Mr. Dung and Ms. Linh, the team surveyed most manufacturers in the area to select the most reliable and cost-effective who could guarantee the shortest production time and best quality product.
After consultation with appropriate authorities REACH staff directly selected and purchased medicines specific to treating post-flood diseases as well as emergency kits to be stored in the cabinets.
This activity was gladly received by Quang Dien people. In Dong Lam village, when hearing that REACH staff were installing the cabinets, Mr. Tran Muon, the former secretary of Quang Vinh commune arrived on site to welcome the team. The local people’s appreciation and their positive spirit were a much needed motivator for this project.
Thanks to the team’s dedicated and careful coordination the three medical cabinets were finished and installed in the designated areas before New Year’s Eve.
A small memory, a lasting bond
The process of surveying and installing the medical cabinets has also created many memorable experiences, building a strong and lasting bond between REACH Hue centre and these local communities.
At Quang Phuoc primary school the stories of everyday hardships during the storm were shared with staff members. The school had to close for 2 consecutive months and in the subsequent month, students had to wade through knee-high flood zones to reach school.
Mr. Hoa, the admission officer of REACH, shares: ‘Throughout the month, many students contracted scabies, infections, and waterborne disease but unfortunately the school didn’t have enough medical supplies for treatment’.
Now, the fully equipped medical cabinet will guarantee good health for the school community. When REACH staff came to present the cabinet all students, teachers, and the principal warmly welcomed them.
Seeing the children’s excitement and the smile of relief from the teachers it could be considered that the contribution will also contribute to the educational journey of students at Quang Phuoc primary school.
REACH Hue’s determination in community service and development
In addition to providing aid to struggling areas and communities, REACH organisation is always trying to create opportunities and support the needs of disadvantaged teenagers.
With the mission of bringing positive contributions to the lives of these adolescents, the organization offers advance vocational programs and various employment opportunities as a way to explore and maximize each individual’s potential.
However, notwithstanding these efforts, the Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be a big challenge for REACH’s operations. It has disrupted the schedules for training, job applications, and recruitment impacted employment rates and created difficulties in attracting applicants.
On the occasion of visiting Quang Dien, staff members had the opportunity to introduce information on training courses at REACH and employment opportunities to the local teenagers.
REACH is also determined to broaden its media and communication projects optimizing the power of the Internet to distribute information on a wide range of vocational training programs with tuition support across Central Vietnam and to every corner of the country.
The new friend of Quang Dien local people
Since the arrival of the medicine cabinets, the local daily life has been improving.
When answering calls from REACH staff the people of Quang Dien express their gratitude to the organization.
They also talk about how people deeply cherish the gift and cooperatively manage the cabinet by circulating instructions of their usage to the entire community.
The community medicine cabinet is a source of welfare for the people ensuring the villagers’ safety in performing their daily agricultural activities and accompanying the young students through their educational journey.
Since the end of the disastrous monsoon season, the process of reconstruction has been gradual, especially in these deeply affected regions of Vietnam. Some districts are yet to recover completely.
Strong bonds have been built between the communities of Quang Dien and REACH and will continue to be strengthened into the future.
Editor: Tran Khanh Linh, a volunteer at REACH