Evaluation of Red Cross volunteers in the Mekong Delta provinces

31/10/2023 - 05:10

On November 1 and 2, the delegation of the Vietnam Red Cross, led by Tran Thi Hong An, Vice President of the VNRC Central Committee, visited Dong Thap and An Giang province to explore volunteer development to provide a basis for finalizing the Central Volunteer Network Development Project. The delegation also included Nguyen Hai Duong, former President of VNRC and Tran Thu Hang – Head of Communication and Volunteer Department.

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The delegation works with the Dong Thap Red Cross

In Dong Thap, Mr. Nguyen Dinh Duc, Chairman of Dong Thap Provincial Committee, reported some advantages and disadvantages in the activities of local volunteers.

Accordingly, after the Vietnam Red Cross issued the regulation on organization and activities of volunteers, the Red Cross Movement has taken a positive turn. Through propaganda, people understand that this is a voluntary, non-profit activity to help vulnerable people and communities under the direction of the different Chapters level, the number of volunteer workers increasingly many and in all areas.

Volunteers are trained to improve their profession, material and spiritual support. Dong Thap has more than 9,700 volunteers with 496 primary and secondary emergency points arranged on roads and waterways. Of which 36 initial points were established under the Ministry of Healths Circular No. 17; 41 blood donation clubs, 21 brigade groups, 12 bridging teams, and the Red House building. These activities included activities of two teams from An Hoa commune, Tam Nong district and Dinh Yen commune of Lap Vo district; The province has 105 charitable donations with 60 specialized vehicles; The activity of the charity kitchen was founded 14/14 hospitals with 217 rotational groups serving rice, porridge, boiling water, bottled pure water for millions of people.

In addition to the distribution of rice porridge, drinking water for patients and family members, by mobilizing funds also support hospital fees, transfer fees, funeral expenses for the poor. Each year worth over 15 billion.

Difficulties due to the characteristics of volunteers are voluntary plus they have to live daily so the number of volunteers always fluctuate. Only from the beginning of the year to now, Dong Thap has reduced 2000 TNV. If the volunteer development target set by the Vietnam Red Cross, Dong Thap only reached 86.2%.

However, during the operation, the volunteers also encountered many difficulties such as the provision of volunteer cards, not fully accessible to the media from the Vietnam Red Cross …

In An Giang province, on behalf of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Peoples Committee, Mr. Ngo Van So, Chairman of the Red Cross Chapter reported to the mission some basic activities of the Red Cross Provincial Chapter. An Giang province has the largest number of free vehicles with 200 vehicles, 13 with humanitarian hospitals in the province, 11 blood donors and a disaster response team at provincial level.ctd-6Meeting with leadership of An Giang province

Every year, the provincial Chapter opens 4 training courses, equipping them with knowledge and skills as well as raising awareness about the rights and interests of volunteers, enhancing humanitarian values; Each district Red Cross has at least one emergency department, 240 wards and 744 permanent volunteers 24/24h to timely rescue in the event of an accident. There are 23 western clinics, 103 free medical clinics. Every year, the province cooperates with hospitals in and outside the province to provide medicine for gift giving to poor people in border areas, ethnic minority areas, vietnamese oversea in Cambodia.

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Working with volunteers from My Khanh Commune, Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province

In addition, the activities of the volunteers also have limitations such as the level of volunteers is limited, the base is mostly elderly, so the access to electronic information is limited. The basic characteristic of the volunteers is to do their best for the good and not report, evaluate …

Volunteers join the Red Cross on a voluntary basis, but are dominated by their work, when engaged. Volunteers are not subject to management, constrained by the regulations should sometimes also have the psychological “likes to participate, do not like it”. Since then, the mobilization, focus volunteers also have difficulty.

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Visiting log yard of My Khanh Commune Charity Box, Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province

The leaders of the Red Cross Chapter of An Giang province also urged the Headquarter to timely reward organizations and individuals who have made merit in the volunteer movement, through which humanitarian workers see their work to be surplus. human, social recognition from which there are visual impact that the movement of volunteers increasingly spread.

Ms. Tran Thi Hong An, Vice President of VNRC, highly appreciated the spirit of volunteers in Dong Thap and An Giang provinces, especially created new and very practical models. Such as Model Shop 0 dong, model Free transfer, free breakfast for the poor and students.

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Visiting the workshop of the charity box at My Khanh commune, Long Xuyen city

According to the Vice President of the VNRC, “This land is traditional with many new and typical models with innovative ways and can be considered as the cradle of the VNRC movement.”

According to Tran Thi Hong An, working models in Dong Thap and An Giang show that good models come from real life, from the urgent needs of the people and have returned. Serving the people in a very effective way. The effectiveness has provided support, material and spiritual help of the volunteers to the development of these models. There are models from 15 to 20 years but the vitality remains strong.

Here, the Vice President of the VNRC and the officers who joined the delegation were very touched when they heard the volunteers talk about their situation, specific activities to help the disadvantaged in society. where they do humanitarian work with the mind that is the merit of the children.

Ms. Tran Thi Hong An said: “Through this mission, the leaders of VNRC will direct the Communcation and Volunteer Department to study and summarize volunteer activities to complete the volunteer project, through It is the traditional way of doing things, making new ones, or making the movement of volunteers more and more developed in both quantity and quality.

During this mission, the delegation visited and learned about the actual activities at the establishment such as Sa Dec e-Store, Dong Thap province; Free ambulance in My Khanh commune and the orphaned and lonely elderly people in Long Xuyen City, An Giang province.

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The delegation took photo with the volunteers of Red Cross, My Khanh commune, Long Xuyen city
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Visit volunteers and care for abandoned babies at the City Center in Long Xuyen
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Ms. Tran Thi Hong An visits the volunteers …ctd-1
… and participate in the kitchen in Sa Dec
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 Visit to special ambulance worth over 700 million VND of volunteers from My Khanh commune, Long Xuyen city
Theo Trần Lũy (baonhandao.vn)
Translated by Nguyen Vinh Hoa

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