USAID extends $1.15 million project to assist individuals with disabilities in Bac Lieu

The project, worth $1.15 million, is being carried out by Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH), a partner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is scheduled to run from 2023 until October 2025.

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On March 14, the Vietnam Mission of the United States, in collaboration with the Bac Lieu People’s Committee, launched the Persons with Disabilities program in Bac Lieu province. This program was initially announced during the visit of US President Joseph Biden to Vietnam in September 2023.

During the event, Aler Grubbs, the Mission Director of USAID/Vietnam, emphasized that the launch of the program for persons with disabilities in Bac Lieu aligns with the shared priorities of both countries and demonstrates our support for a strong, resilient, prosperous, and independent Vietnam.

Representative from USAID and leaders of the Bac Lieu People’s Committee at the launch of the support program for persons with disabilities in Bac Lieu province on March 14 (Photo: USAID Vietnam).

“Our collaboration in overcoming the legacies of war has laid the foundation for building trust, demonstrating our commitment, and advancing the relationship between the United States and Vietnam, which is now a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” stated Aler Grubbs.

As per Grubbs, USAID’s Disabilities Rights Enforcement, Coordination, and Therapies project in Bac Lieu aims to support the enforcement of disability laws, the expansion of rehabilitation services and livelihood support for persons with disabilities, as well as improving the early detection of childhood disabilities. This $1.15 million project is implemented by USAID’s partner, Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH), and will run from 2023 to October 2025.

Since 1991, through the US Leahy War Victims Fund, USAID has been working to enhance the lives of people with disabilities in Vietnam. US assistance is geared towards addressing medical and social needs, improving disability policies, and reducing physical and social barriers. Thus far, the US Government, through USAID, has provided over $155 million in assistance to persons with disabilities in Vietnam.

Zoey Nguyễn