Responding to COVID-19 in Southeast Asia

21st April 2020

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Samaritan’s Purse staff members in Asia continue serving people in the midst of a global health crisis.

Samaritan’s Purse teams in our Asia offices continue to help alleviate suffering during the COVID-19 global pandemic, finding critical ways to support men, women, and children during this uncertain time.

In Hanoi, Vietnam, we provided 300 hygiene kits and liquid hand washing soap, hand sanitiser, and thermometers to Hao Sua School. For nearly 20 years Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with Hoa Sua School to provide vocational training and employment opportunities for hundreds of ethnic minority students and disabled students.

A Hoa Sua student wears her mask for protection.

A Hoa Sua student wears her mask for protection.

Each hygiene kit included a mask, bar of soap, and eye and nose drops. “The fabric mask is very useful since it is washable and reusable. Thank you very much for giving us such a meaningful gift in this time of outbreak,” said Sung Thi Ca, a culinary student.

Vice principal Le Thi Kim Phuong is grateful for the help from Samaritan’s Purse.

“We are deeply moved by your support and your acts of kindness. The donation of medical supplies has played a vital role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 among the students and teachers,” she said.

Our teams in Myanmar also prepared medical supplies, including thermometers, masks, and gloves, that were distributed through a local partner and the social welfare department.

Samaritan’s Purse staffers in Cambodia equipped local drivers with coronavirus prevention education. We provided informational posters for them to mount on the back of their vehicles and hand sanitiser to distribute to all passengers.

Giving Back

In the Philippines, local leaders we trained to serve as water, sanitation, and hygiene community advocates provided about 350 bottles of bleach to their neighbours to encourage good household cleaning habits that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Making bleach to share with their neighbours.

Making bleach to share with their neighbours.

These leaders purchased the ingredients needed to make the bleach using profits from their previous sales of hygiene consumables—which they learned how to make during a Samaritan’s Purse training.

“We needed to disinfect, but I only had enough money to buy rice. Thank you for what you’re doing,” said Lani, who lives in the Tondo slums in Manila.

Our community advocates also invested their hygiene consumable profits in making soap for their families to help ensure that everyone is thoroughly washing their hands.

“The important thing now is to help others. The Lord will provide for us,” said Rowela, a community advocate.

In addition to Asia, Samaritan’s Purse is working in all of our field offices and affiliate offices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to pray for our teams in Asia and around the world as they demonstrate God’s love to hurting people during this global pandemic.

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