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COVID 19 has affected many families, and as it often happens, the most vulnerable are the ones who are suffering the most (see article). Mekong Plus has decided to organize a large mask solidarity operation, the benefits of which will go directly to those who make them.
Our solidarity masks
Mekong Plus is launching the sale of cloth masks, the profits of which will go directly to the craftswomen who have just lost their jobs because of COVID 19 (see article below). Each pack of 10 masks generates a small profit equivalent to the budget of a village woman for 10 days. It’s a very nice way to combine the useful… with the indispensable!
15 € for a pack of 10 masks + 6 € for shipping for orders of up to 5 packs and 9 € for orders over 5 packs.
All masks are made of antimicrobial fabric: they can be washed at 30 degrees but should not be tumble dried
COVID 19 in Vietnam and Cambodia
The subject is on everyone’s lips and seems to be neverending. In Vietnam, as elsewhere, the situation is serious.
On the health side, the problem has been managed with an iron fist by the authorities for several months. The result is undoubtedly effective: no deaths have been deplored and the number of patients is only by the hundreds. We would love to be able to say the same in Belgium or France.
On the socio-economic side, the problem is terribly worrying: in the towns and cities, unemployment has skyrocketed without compensation. Day labourers were the most impacted victims, they found themselves without work, when they were already earning less than the subsistence threshold. Within days the Mekong Plus teams reduced their salary and launched an emergency program with food supplies for the very poor. This is over now, and we have resumed our microcredit programs to help people with 1/2 Euro income to improve their condition.
Let's help the Mekong Quilts team
“In 20 minutes,” Bernard tells us, “the team voted for 30% unemployment without compensation, unanimously and with a smile! When you know the financial difficulties many of them face, I am moved. In 27 years in Vietnam, I thought I’d seen it all… I’m discovering solidarity and an incredible sense of responsibility”.
Mekong Quilts is our major concern: we lost 95% of our sales as there are no tourists anymore. Our whole system of mutual aid towards the poorest people is being undermined, because if we don’t sell any more, the craftswomen in the villages will have no more work. So we launched the production of masks, which we export, namely to Europe!
Development works when everyone is involved
Vision of Mekong Plus
Vision of Mekong Plus Mekong Plus is convinced that the human dimension is an essential part of a community and its evolution, and, in particular, that the development of poor rural areas of Cambodia and Vietnam will allow:
– Everyone to meet their basic needs and live in dignity
– Communities to fully exercise their solidarity, especially towards the less privileged, through concrete actions.
Mekong Plus has a dual mission:
Mekong Plus trains and supports Khmer and Vietnamese people who are motivated and committed to community development in disadvantaged rural areas.
Mekong Plus builds and strengthens local teams to:
Work with the poorest
target the poorest, who often do not even have 1/3 € per day per person
Work with the strong participation of all
Be it for the health programs, education, and small infrastructure or to reduce acute poverty, our teams always work closely with the local populations.
Carry out low cost and therefore sustainable actions.
More than 50% of the expenses of all programs are actually covered by the local people and the local partners. The techniques proposed to the villagers are simple and fit well to the local conditions. The focus is on training villagers-to-villagers so that all activities con continue and expand without the support of Mekong Plus.
“Go towards people
Live with them,
Learn from them
Start with what they know,
Build from what they have
And when it is over, they will rejoice”
The words of Lao Tseu – Chinese philosopher (700AC) inspire reflection and action. Mekong Plus believes that solidarity includes a requirement for efficiency and coherence of means and attitudes with vision, mission and objectives.
We work mainly in 6 different domains:
Our challenges are many and very important for the sustainable development in the remote regions along the Mekong. For agriculture, education, employment, small infrastructure or health… Mekong Plus always work in collaboration with all so that the resulting development is absolutely theirs. All are fully involved in the projects.
Today we ask you to make one more step with Mekong Plus. This would be a golden step, you offer 0,4 €per day, or 12 €in a month.
At the end of the year will have contributed significantly to the development of the region. 40 cents per day is enough to help 5 children to continue their education; you will have joined efforts to protect the environment by training 20 farmers in the best practices for a clean agriculture. On the other hand, for you it will be a reduction of your taxes.
Mekong Bike: our solidarity biking tours
At Mekong Plus we believe it is so important to open our eyes, our heart and our mind. This is the purpose of our Mekong Bikes tours. With the solidarity challenges we are in the middle of nature and very close to the people. A dream adventure but also with concrete projects. You come back home tired but positive and full of emotions. With great fulfillment, better aware of the world, the people around you and of yourself.
Several options are available:
- Flowers of the Mekong: a tour which focuses on meeting the villagers
- Mekong sprouts : for family trips
- Mekong trophy : for the sporty
- Mekong mission : for groups of youth and students .
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