On December 11, 30 disadvantaged children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic had the opportunity to gather and have fun at the Year-end Party organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AmCham). This event was implemented under the “Care to Rise” – a joint initiative of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Youth Union and VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) to provide free psychological support, health care, and educational assistance for COVID-19 orphans and disadvantaged children affected by the pandemic in HCMC.
AmCham’s Year-End Party is held annually to create a bonding space among its members and a fun playground for children, especially including underprivileged ones from different organizations. This year, 30 children of “Care to Rise” had a lot of fun by participating in creative activities, enjoying colorful music performances, and an attractive magic show in the event. With the companionship of representatives of VCF and HCMC Youth Union, these children had the opportunity to enjoy this colorful and lively occasion and then brought home some lovely gifts.
AmCham has so far supported VCF in many meaningful activities and programs. In 2021, the AmCham CARES Award honored VCF for its contributions and projects as efforts for COVID-19 relief in Vietnam. Until now, the “Care to Rise” program has supported up to 2,534 children severely affected by the pandemic with essential activities including free health screening, psychological treatment, and counseling, laptop/eyeglasses supply, dental care, study and nutrition support, financial support… The year 2023 will mark the beginning of phase 3 with the provision of long-term care including medical and educational support for these children through adulthood.
Through this event, AmCham and VCF hope that it has created more beautiful childhood memories and motivation for those children to overcome difficulties and move forward.
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