Period covered by this operations update: 12 November 2008 to 30 June 2009. This operations update is a consolidation of activities since the beginning of the operation.
Appeal target (current): CHF 4,779,037 (USD 4.07 million or EUR 3.17 million)
Appeal coverage: 46%;
- 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.
To date, the VNRC's floods operations has progressed relatively well towards achieving the objectives of its plan. The distribution of rice has benefitted up to 68,959 families (approximately 196,729 people) and despite delays in the procurement of rice supplies, distribution was carried out at an opportune time that covered a critical period for many of these families. Training of VNRC members and workers proved successful in that this round of distribution was much better organized than previous rounds. In terms of non-food items, about 26,555 families (about 112,986 people) have benefitted from these distributions. This figure is much higher than anticipated as not all items were distributed in the given sets, but also as individual items according to needs.
Distribution also took longer than scheduled due to time taken in communications between different Red Cross levels, consolidation of beneficiary lists and customs clearance for imported items. In water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, priorities for support have favoured the five provinces of Ha Nam, Ninh Binh, Nghe An, Quang Binh and Thanh Hoa. Selection has been necessary due to the relatively low response to this appeal. From the field assessments undertaken, rainwater harvesting tanks were considered the most suitable solution to address water supply and storage needs and to improve the security of water supply in the event of future flooding. As such, 500-litre household water tanks were procured in June for distribution.
The outcomes of livelihood support needs assessments have established the distribution of fertilizer as the current principal need as the time for planting of new crops is approaching. VNRC will provide each beneficiary family with 7kg of fertilizer for every 300-500 m=B2 of crop land.
The national society itself has undergone some capacity building: training on overall planning at chapter-level; exchange of experiences in monitoring practices; training of district and commune members, and local government leaders in the selection of beneficiaries based on needs rather than on damages as well as the seven Red Cross Red Crescent principles, by chapter staff; training in professional relief distribution and in procurement of relief supplies according to International Federation standards.
VNRC also continues to face several challenges in its work. Its capacity was greatly stretched in 2008, responding to numerous and subsequent emergencies. Also, its members have difficulty distinguishing between different operations and therefore, find it difficult to report on them as separate entities. Chapters still require support in distribution activities such as in even allocation of supplies and making allocations based on needs rather than damage. There is a constant shortage of Red Cross volunteers, and this coupled with limited funding for this appeal, exacerbates the challenges in supporting the restoration and rehabilitation of livelihoods and water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities. This shortage of human resources will need to be addressed through a long-term human resource policy from VNRC leadership.
Due to limited funding, however, no comprehensive evaluation of this operation has been planned. However, to ensure lessons learnt and good practices are recorded, internal evaluation will be undertaken by VNRC with support from the International Federation.
Financial situation: To date, this appeal is 46 per cent covered with contributions received totaling CHF 2,224,794 (USD 2.1 million or EUR 1.5 million).
Contributors to this appeal include American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Finnish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Monaco Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross/Netherlands government, and Swedish Red Cross/Swedish government. Contributions were also received from the Norwegian government and USAID.
On behalf of Viet Nam Red Cross, the International Federation would like to thank all donors and contributors to this appeal.