Laos has been facing a harsh battle against COVID-19 since April. Although local authorities have begun to set up field hospitals in response to the spike in locally infected cases, the lack of medical resources led some NGOs to join and help fight the battle.
Alumni of Fa Ngum High School were among those to jump in and help, as they started fundraising to buy food supplies for health workers in the frontline.
However, Souphavady Masuhara, one of the main organizers from the Alumni, said it wasn’t an easy battle as she found it difficult to establish a channel to distribute the resources.
It wasn’t until being introduced to Thailand’s Food For Fighters (FFF) projects that gave her a better idea of helping the frontline workers.
She kick-started the FFF Laos Project and started using resources gathered from the society to buy lunch boxes and other necessities for frontline workers.
With the financial support and the experiences passed down by the FFF Thailand team, she was able to distribute the resources in a much more effective manner.
“Our aim is to gather the kindness of people in our society in order to help with food support for our medical professionals. Not only does this project help support the people in the frontline, but it also enables small local restaurants to be able to keep running during these difficult times”, she said.
Panchana Vatanasathien, the founder of the FFF Thailand team, expressed appreciation to Souphavady Masuhara’s efforts.
She said, “I’m glad that Mrs. Souphavady quickly started the FFF Laos Project and put a lot of effort into it. FFF Thailand gives its full support to the FFF Laos team and shares our experience in setting up the project to support both health workers in the frontline and the network of restaurants when food delivery service in Vientiane (永珍) may not be possible due to the outbreak.”
Laos had contained the virus pretty well in the first year since the epidemic broke out with only 49 people infected.
However, after the country celebrated its New Year Festival, otherwise known as “Pi Mai” in April, things took a turn when emerging new cases were discovered in the communities and at least 2,000 people were infected within a few weeks.