(Global sisters report) Thirty Da Lat Lovers of the Holy Cross sisters hurriedly prepare and cook rice, fish, meat and vegetables, packing meals in foam boxes at the kitchen in their day care center in Ho Chi Minh City.
Groups of their neighbors and local authorities volunteer to collect and provide free food for lunches and dinners for people in quarantined places in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s largest city (population 8.8 million) on July 9 started 15 days of tough measures to restrict movement to deal with the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 that was detected on April 27.
As of July 21, the new serious outbreak has infected 64,457 people in Vietnam and spread to 60 out of the country’s 63 cities and provinces. Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of the ongoing fourth coronavirus wave, has recorded 41,343 confirmed cases.
The crisis has made a massive impact on the Southeast Asian country.
“We started to offer free food to people in need on July 15 by cooking hundreds of portions per day,” said Sr. Mary Pham Thi Huong, head of the day care center. Most sisters work at the center but have become jobless since May when the center was closed due to the pandemic.
Huong said she appreciated volunteers and local officials who worked with them by distributing food to people.