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January 2021 news summary

Although 2020 was a difficult year for Vietnam due to Covid-19 epidemic and natural disasters, it did not stop our country from developing.

Consequently, Vietnam has been identified as one of the "bright spots" of the gloomy global economy because of its effective anti-epidemic work, natural disaster prevention activities, handling of the economic crisis, support for citizens.

The above achievements were the result of Vietnamese’s kindness and solidarity.

Let's leave all the problems of the past year behind to welcome the upcoming Lunar New Year and review the popular community events in January with ASIF!

1/1 - Do you know that 2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour?

The International Year was unanimously adopted in a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019. A main aim of the year is to urge governments to do what is necessary to achieve Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year, many events will be held to raise awareness about this issue which currently affects one in ten of the child population. The joint initiative encourages regional, national and organizational stakeholders and individuals to identify concrete actions that they will take by December 2021 to help end child labour.

7/1 - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc calls for a billion more trees

On January 7, 2021, at Nghinh Luong Dinh (Thua Thien-Hue province), the “Hanh Trinh Viet Nam Xanh” (Vietnam Green Journey) campaign was kicked off by the provincial Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and Bao Viet Life Insurance responding to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's call to plant 1 billion trees for Vietnam.

Right after the launching ceremony of the campaign, thousands of volunteers from Bao Viet Life Insurance's branches in 63 provinces/cities country-wide came to Phong Dien Nature Reserve to plant 2,500 indigenous trees on five hectares of land here.

17/1 - Over 1,000 youths participate in the 13th Spring Volunteer Campaign

On January 17, more than 1,000 students from universities and colleges in HCMC gathered at Khanh Hoi Park Square (District 4, Ho Chi Minh City) to participate in the 13th Spring Volunteer Campaign in 2021. Following the success of the previous 12 campaign seasons, this year's campaign had more than 50,000 registered participants from Youth Unions and Social Establishments in the city.

18/1 - Tech motorbike taxi drivers struggle with first Tet away from home

Towards the end of the year, many motorbike taxi drivers had to work harder to prepare for the upcoming Lunar New Year. Although they had worked 14-15 hours a day, their income still reduced by 1/3 compared to before. Tet seemed to be so far away to them. Because 2020 was a difficult year with the complicated situation of COVID-19, the number of customers decreased significantly.

Their income was just enough to raise their children and cover normal day-to-day living expenses, not enough to return to their hometown and celebrate Tet like every year.

However, many unmarried drivers chose to return home early to celebrate Tet because 2020 had been too difficult for them. Many drivers shared that staying in the city would not help them at all.

22/1 - Founder of Flood-Proof House becomes one of Top 5 Inspirational Ambassadors at We Choice Award 2021

On January 22, 2021, at We Choice Awards ceremony, Ms. Jang Kieu - President of Sống Foundation, founder of Flood-Proof House Program was honored to become one of the top 5 Inspirational Ambassadors chosen by the Appraisal Board.

Ms. Jang Kieu shared about the origin of her idea of building flood-proof houses: “Most people do not want to move, so I will rebuild their own collapsed houses with flood and storm resistance."

Not only building safe houses, Flood-Proof House project also helps create a sustainable life for people. Therefore, the project has completed and publicly released a Home Safety Handbook with 11 housing models so that everyone knows how to build their own safe house.

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