AVCF: TRA LENG MISSION – January 2015
On 15 January 2015, a group of volunteers hopped on a plane from Saigon to Da Nang (1.5 hour flight) where they travelled a further 5 hours by bus through the mountainous roads to arrive at the Tra Leng commune, Nam Tra My District, Quang Nam Province.
Tra Leng is still the poorest commune of Quang Nam with its people struggling to put food on the table every day.
Tra Leng commune has 2,170 inhabitants (492 families).
Mostly ethnic minorities (Mo Nong 98.48%, Kinh 0.97%, Ca Dong 0.35%, Xe Dang 0.2%).
The population is dispersed with a density of 18.6 persons/km2.
LIFE IN TRA LENG:
The people in Tra Leng face serious challenges daily, with income depending primarily on agricultural and upland rice production once a year. The percentage of poor households remains extremely high, and starvation is still widespread in some areas.
AVCF came to this famine-stricken commune to bring some hope, health and happiness to these poor minorities. We were able to provide 200 food parcels, 200 rubber sandals and 100 jackets to keep them warm during the cold winter season.
Our hearts were touched when we discovered that some had braved the rugged terrain and harsh weather conditions to travel 6-8 hours by foot to meet the volunteers.
With your financial support and the help of our local volunteers, AVCF hopes to continue their charitable works in these poverty-stricken regions of Vietnam – bringing hope and health to those in need!