New Zealand embassy announces $50,000 USD of humanitarian aid to Ben Tre

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Rural women carries water in Ben Tre province. Credit: Oxfam Vietnam

Today the New Zealand Embassy announced humanitarian aid, totalling US$50,000, to communities in Ben Tre Province affected by drought and saltwater intrusion.

The assistance will be provided through an ongoing US$4.0 million New Zealand government funded project in the province, Building resilience to disaster and climate risks of men and women in Ben Tre Province, implemented by Oxfam in Vietnam. The emergency relief responds to urgent needs of children, women, and men in 15 most affected communes in Binh Dai, Ba Tri, and Thanh Phu districts.

Up to 6,000 cow and goat farmers in these three districts will receive cash grants, to buy food and water supplies for their animals, which they are dependent on for their livelihoods.

New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E Haike Manning, said: “We recognise the serious impact that the drought and saltwater intrusion is having on communities in southern and central provinces of Viet Nam.  This assistance is a modest, but practical contribution to the communities we are already working with through our existing project, and is an example of New Zealand’s ongoing commitment to supporting vulnerable communities across Vietnam.”

“New Zealand will continue sharing its experience and working closely with our partners, such as Oxfam, to assist local communities to deal with drought and saltwater intrusion and the effects of climate change in the Mekong Delta region.”

In addition, Oxfam is working in collaboration with the local government in Ben Tre Province to provide safe drinking water to more than 6,000 women and men.

“The drought and saltwater intrusion has made hundreds of thousands of families more serious, while most of them are already living under poverty line”, said Oxfam Country Director Babeth Lefur, “Oxfam commits to implement this emergency response at the highest responsibility and efficiency”.

Some pictures of the emergency response:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfaminvietnam/albums/72157665314820763

Notes to editors: 

About Ben Tre’s drought and saltwater intrusion:

Nine out of thirteen Mekong Delta provinces are facing one of the worst droughts the region has seen in ninety years. Trigged by El Nino, the drought is having significant impact by limiting agricultural production, straining livelihoods, and exacerbating food insecurity among poor and vulnerable communities in the region. 164 communes in Ben Tre province have been in the historical effected list. Ben Tre was among the first provinces declaring drought and saltwater intrusion disaster status and requesting support from the central government.

Contact information: 

Vu Xuan Viet (Mr.), Oxfam Humanitarian Lead, Tel. (84-4) 39454448, Mob (84) 908886399, Email: Viet.VuXuan@oxfamnovib.nl

Pham Viet Anh (Mr.), Development Manager (Agriculture and Partnership Funding) New Zealand Aid programme, Tel. +84 4 3824 1481 (211), Email: Viet-anh.Pham@mft.net.nz