Period covered by this Operations Update: 16 January to 31 March 2009
Appeal target (current): CHF 4,779,037 (USD 4.07 million or EUR 3.17 million)
Appeal coverage: 46 per cent
- This emergency appeal was initially launched on 12 November 2008 for CHF 4,779,037 (USD 4.07 million or EUR 3.17 million) to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) to assist 293,860 beneficiaries (70,000 households) for 10 months.
The main activity during this reporting period was the distribution of rice. According to preliminary statistics from monitoring reports by the country office's monitoring staff, about 68,500 families (approximately 172,000 people) benefitted from rice distribution in March. Distribution was delayed to allow time for a more participatory approach in the selection of beneficiaries. This included the verification of beneficiary lists by Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC). One of distribution vessels being out of service before the departure date also contributed to the delay. Despite this, distribution was timely as it took place at a time when families were running short of rice while waiting for the next harvest.
Given the slow response in funding for the appeal, the operation will reduce activities from what was originally included in the plan of action. A revised assessment will be conducted to confirm the selection of the most vulnerable people who will be supported with livelihood and rehabilitation of water and sanitation from the remaining funds available.
The International Federation, on behalf of the Viet Nam Red Cross, would like to thank all partners including American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/government, Finnish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Monaco Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross/government, Swedish Red Cross/government, the Norwegian embassy and USAID. Bilateral support includes Australian Red Cross, German Red Cross/government and Swiss Red Cross.
On behalf of the Viet Nam Red Cross, the International Federation would like to thank all partners and donors for their valuable support.