Black Hmong, Lao Chai (Sapa), Vietnam - COVID-19 Food Drive.
LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND
Help ensure the Black Hmong people of Lao Chai, Vietnam do not go hungry as a result of Covid-19.
The H’Mong communities in the beautiful Sapa region of Vietnam are being hit hard by the current COVID-19 health crisis. They are reliant on tourism to support themselves, and with the country-wide lockdown in place, all shops, tours, and hotels have been closed since 17th of March, meaning many families have lost their income and are struggling to put food on the table.
For just €15, you can provide one week’s worth of food to a local family.
Sapa is famous for its striking scenery, trekking tours, cultural diversity, and local handmade crafts made by the various ethnic groups, the majority coming from the H’Mong community.
Local Black H’Mong, live in small close-knit communities situated in the mountainous rice fields. Families live in close quarters with very basic amenities, sharing what they can.
Although the region is famous for rice and food production, many of the crops are not ready to harvest yet (ready from end of May).
EMPOWERING A COMMUNITY
Lan is the founder and owner of a small business in the region, where she sells products made by the local community from locally produced textiles. Lan is a huge role model and leader in her community, and is always looking to help others. Through her shop, Lan is committed to supporting and empowering women by giving them jobs.
Since the COVID-19 crisis Lan’s shop has been closed, meaning her and her staff have lost all of their income.
HELP US TO FEED HUNGRY FAMILIES IN LAN’S COMMUNITY
5kg Rice: 75.000vnd ( €2,94)
1 box noodles: 63.000vnd ( €2,47)
1 kg dry fish: 80.000vnd ( €3,13)
1 oil bottle: 50.000vnd ( €1,96 )
Chili 0.5kg: 20.000vnd ( € 0,78)
10 eggs: 35.000vnd ( €1,37)
Vegetables: 30.000vnd/Kg ( €1,17)
Fruit: 30.000vnd/Kg (€1,17)
TOTAL: 383.000vnd per pack (approximately €15)
*Each food box feeds aprox. 5 people/week with locally produced goods
A little goes a long way in Vietnam - for the price of a few coffees you can feed a family for a week.
We hope to raise enough money to support a group of about 40 families. Each family has between 4 to 10 members, so there are approximately 200 people who are part of Lan’s community, Lao Chai, in Sapa.
Our goal is to provide each family with available produce from the community. Each pack will contain rice, noodles, vegetables, dry fish and oil to feed 5 people for a week. By providing local produce, we are not only supporting members of the community with food, we will also support other local business owners by purchasing their produce.
We will require 120 boxes to feed the community for 1 month. With each box costing around 383,000 VND the cost to feed the community for a month will be 45,960,000 VND (€2.400). However, the need for food will not stop after a month. We are aiming to raise as much as possible to provide food security for the community.
If we are able to raise more than the €2.400 required, we will distribute food to other nearby communities in need.
It will be a long time until tourists flock to Sapa like they once did, so the economic consequences will be felt by these communities for a long time to come.
TRANSPARENCY IS VERY IMPORTANT
Lan is a trusted and respected community leader in Lao Chai. She has experience supporting the community in times of need, and she has the knowledge and connections to source and distribute the food boxes through the community.
The funds from this pledge will be managed by Loreto Binvignat and distributed to Lan in a timely manner. Lan will take photos of the produce boxes and the distribution throughout Lao Chai, which will be shared with all the generous supporters around the world.
WANT TO HELP MORE?
It is times like this when we need to help one another. Across the globe we are seeing people come together in solidarity. Some people and communities are struggling more than others and we need to be here to help each other in these times of need.
As well as your generosity, please help us to get the word out by sharing this with your friends, family and on social media. No one in this community should go hungry.
And once we can travel again, if you are in Vietnam, take a trip to Sapa and support the local community by doing a trekking tour or buying some of the beautiful locally made products.
Thank you for your help!
Lan & Loreto
Lan is the founder and owner of Hemp and Embroidery: a shop where she sells products made by the local community from locally made textiles. If you are ever in Sapa please do not hesitate to contact her for any tips on the region or to acquire lovely locally made products.
Lan and Loreto met over 6 years ago during her first trip to Vietnam. They became good friends and later on worked together. Lan is in charge of indigo dyeing garments for Loreto´s brand: anima. by loreto.Being friends, Loreto contacted her to see how she was doing during the crisis. After learning that many families in Lan´s community didn’t have enough to eat, she knew she had to do something to help.