US$2.9 million funded to build resilience to natural hazards in central Vietnam

Thursday, 2019-07-25 12:16:11
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Participants at the launching workshop (Photo: Plan International)
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NDO – A workshop was held in Quang Tri province, on July 24, to kick start the third phase of the ‘Building resilience to natural hazards in Central Vietnam’ project.

With a budget of roughly US$2.9 million, the third phase of the project is being implemented in 20 communes and is expected to support 180,450 beneficiaries. Plan International Vietnam is overseeing the implementing this project in 6 communes, namely Trieu Lang, Trieu Van, Huong Hiep, Mo O, Huc and Xy of Quang Tri province, with a total of 17,226 beneficiaries.

The money will be used to improve the capacity of the local authorities and community-based mass organisations in disaster risk reduction, to increase resilience for vulnerable households, and to implement the Safe School Initiatives at primary and secondary schools.

The project is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is being implemented by five organisations, including the American Red Cross/Vietnam Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, Plan International, Save the Children, and HelpAge International in Vietnam.

It aims to support vulnerable groups and local authorities to increase the capacity in coping with natural disasters, and to reduce the risk of damage to people and properties due to climate change.

Previously, the first and the second phases of the project were implemented from October 2015 to October 2018 across 61 communes and wards in the four central provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Ha Tinh and Quang Tri, with total investment of more than US$4 million.