Caritas Hanoi supports poor families in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh
Mary Pham Thi Lien (in yellow) receives Caritas workers in her new home funded by Caritas Hanoi on 6 April. (Photo courtesy of tonggiaophanhanoi.org)
Caritas Hanoi supports poor families in the mountainous province of Hoa Binh in northern Vietnam, regardless of their religious beliefs.
Caritas workers visited four families in three parishes in the Archdiocese of Hanoi on April 9 and handed over between 20 and 70 million dong ($870 to $3,000) each to repair their old houses or build new ones. if necessary.
Led by Father John Baptist Nguyen Van Quang, head of Caritas Hanoi, the group has also extended livelihood assistance of 3 million dong each to 30 households in the five parishes of Go Mu, Dong Gianh, Muong Tre, Muong Riec and Vu Ban, and Doi Ca Subparish, to help plant crops and raise poultry.
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Caritas Hanoi said it hoped the aid, made possible by donations from Catholics in the archdiocese during Lent, would bring new hope to people who could not even afford to support themselves.
Father Quang said one of the beneficiaries, Nguyen Thi Yen, a widow with three children from Luong Son district, received 70 million dong to rebuild her house. Her husband had died of a stroke last year after being bedridden for seven years. Caritas workers visited the family in February and found the dilapidated house flooded due to rains.
Another beneficiary, Mary Pham Thi Lien, and her daughter had no shelter and were therefore staying with her sister. Lien, whose husband died 20 years ago, was unable to work for a living after a car accident. The widow from Nghia Ai parish in Hanoi’s My Duc district received 50 million dong to build a new house on land provided by her parents.
Archbishop Joseph Vu Van Thien of Hanoi has called on local Catholics to support the poor of all backgrounds in the province in 2022, declared the Year of Evangelization
Caritas workers from Ha Dong parish visited and donated food to poor families in Binh Tan gx Muong Tre sub-parish. They also donated money for the construction of Binh Tan Chapel.
On April 6, Catholics from the parishes of Tuy Hien and Van Thang in Hanoi offered 400 crosses and 300 statues of Our Lady of Fatima to residents of seven parishes in the province. Many residents have altars with old or chipped Catholic statues while hundreds of other families have no altars in their homes.
Archbishop Joseph Vu Van Thien of Hanoi has called on local Catholics to support the poor of all backgrounds in the province in 2022, declared the Year of Evangelization. The province is home to various ethnic groups living in poor conditions.
The Archdiocese of Hanoi provides pastoral care for 11 parishes in the province of Hoa Binh.