In October 2020, the WeLoveU provided supplies to invalids nursing centers affiliated to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (hereinafter, the Ministry of Labour) of Vietnam. Currently, the Ministry of Labour run eight invalids nursing centers. A total of 370 people are hospitalized at the centers, and about 5,000 patients visit the centers for treatment every year. The WeLoveU has cooperated with the Ministry of Labour of Vietnam to help veterans use the centers more conveniently.
Vietnam experienced many wars until it became an independent country, so the country has many war veterans. However, the government’s financial aid for the invalids nursing centers is not sufficient. As a result, the nursing centers were unable to properly repair or replace their old facilities. The Ministry of Labour of Vietnam requested the WeLoveU for support to reinforce the facilities of the invalids nursing centers. The WeLoveU members discussed specific plans to support the centers through a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Labour on July 7.
On October 21, an MOU signing ceremony was held between the WeLoveU and the Ministry of Labour of Vietnam. The two organizations agreed to carry out diverse well-being activities in both Korea and Vietnam through mutual exchanges and cooperation. At this event, Honorary Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah promised to provide 7,000 USD worth of supplies to the Ministry of Labour of Vietnam to support the invalids nursing centers.
On the 22nd and 23rd, the WeLoveU chapter in Hanoi purchased 12 hot and cold water purifiers and 4 industrial rice cookers and sent them to the invalids nursing centers in each region. One hot and cold water purifier and one rice cooker were delivered to each nursing center in Long Dat, Mien Trung, Sam Son, and Phu Tho; and two hot and cold water purifiers were delivered to each nursing center in Duy Tien, Kim Bang, Lang Giang, and Thuan Thanh.
Donation ceremonies were held at each nursing center from November 17 to 30. While adhering to COVID-19 preventive measures, the members visited each nursing center to have talks with its officials, and consoled the veterans at the nursing centers. They also looked into the difficulties of each nursing center to figure out how they could additionally provide help in the future. The veterans welcomed the WeLoveU members and expressed their thanks, saying, “There were many organizations that paid a visit to our center, but there was none that consoled, encouraged, and remembered us for our efforts like the WeLoveU does.”
COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to us, but it couldn’t stop our cooperation. Viet Nam and Korea have been in close partnership, and I [Ministry of Labour] highly appreciate the cooperative activities of the WeLoveU.Nguyen Manh Cuong, the Director General of Department of International Co-operation of the Ministry of Labour of Viet Nam, at the MOU signing ceremony
Providing supplies to the invalids nursing centers was the first activity after the signing of an MOU with the Ministry of Labour of Vietnam. Moved by the WeLoveU’s timely support, the Ministry of Labour and the nursing centers thanked the WeLoveU. The WeLoveU members hoped that the veterans, who devoted themselves to the country, would spend the rest of their lives comfortably and happily. Furthermore, they made a renewed resolution to look after their neighbors in times when the lives of vulnerable groups are becoming more difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic.