Cold Vietnam Winters, Why We Give Coats, Boots, and Blankets

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth.”

Edith sitwell

It is true when someone said that winter is one of the most beautiful and wonderful seasons of the year. To many people, staying at home, sitting next to the window, drinking a warm coffee, and watching the snow is one of the best things they can do in their lives. Nothing is greater than laying down in a cozy bed and having a warm sleep during the cold winter. However, to poor people in Vietnam, winter is a nightmare that can even kill them when they do not pay attention to it.

Unlike the other countries’ winter, Vietnam’s winter is extremely cold both indoor and outdoor. For example, even though it could get as low as -30 degrees in some European countries, the citizens can still wear T-shirts or short dresses inside houses. However, in Vietnam, even +8 C degrees can be extremely cold both indoor and outside the house that no one can wear short clothes even when they stay at home. Nevertheless, there are millions of people who are not able to withstand the cold winter in Vietnam because of poverty.

Vietnam’s Cold Winter

The cold in Vietnam is different from any other country, you can feel the wind through your skin and your bones whenever it blows. The wind in Vietnam’s winter can make anyone shudder with cold. Even when it is only 8 to 10 degrees in Hanoi, the weather is as cold as around zero degrees in some other countries. Some mountainous areas in Vietnam such as Sapa can even have snow with the weather that is lower than 0 C degrees.

Moreover, almost all the houses and infrastructure in Vietnam is not equipped with a heating system and office buildings are not designed for cold weather with thin walls and roof. Therefore, it is very easy for people here to get sick because of the harsh weather.

Especially in mountainous regions, these areas are usually very poor that people there do not have enough money to buy warm clothes, boots, and blankets to confront the cold winter. Their houses are always in the bad condition that even the slight wind can blow the houses up and destroy everything in them. There are none of these houses that have a heater or an air conditioner to keep them warm during the winter, they are all built of thin wood, alang grass, or leaves.

Why We Give Coats, Boots and Blankets

Unfortunately, there are thousands of poor people, especially people in mountainous regions, who are now suffering from this super cold weather with no warm clothes and hear. Many children who come from poor families do not even have enough clothes and shoes to wear, they have to walk barefoot in the winter and wear only 1 or 2 shirts.

These people’s houses are usually deprived of blankets and heat. they have only 1 or 2 blankets for everyone to use and there will always be someone who does not have any blankets to use. Imagine you have to sleep in a cottage house during cold weather without any blanket to use, then you will realize it would be so terrible that you cannot live like that.

Many children die per year because of not having enough warm clothes and blankets to use in the winter, there are even only 3 or 4 years old kids who are naked and have to run around all the time in the winter so that their bodies get very cold.

In Sapa, even when the snow covers all the ground, the image of a kid who walks barefoot to go to school and wears only one T-shirt is not a strange picture to people here. It is so precious for people in these areas to have enough essential things such as clothes and blankets to keep warm in the cold weather. They have to worry about the food they eat and places to stay every day. All of their money is spent on buying food and water that they do not have enough budget to buy any other things.

Thousands of similar situations are still happening around Vietnam, cold winter may not be a problem with you but a big issue with poor people in mountainous areas. It is time to help these people to escape from the cold weather this winter. Just by some shirts, a low amount of money, a few boots, and blankets, you can provide assistance to many people who are in need!

At Project Sprouts, we realize that we can not solve all the problems of poverty in a situation like this. But we can seek to make a difference in the lives of needy children by giving them school supplies and encouraging them to continue their education; we can give them winter coats, boots, and blankets to help them stay warm during the cold winter months.

Project Sprouts would love to have you be a part of our community and help us to help worthy children in North Vietnam. We cannot solve all the world’s problems, but we can do our part to help poor kids grow by giving school supplies, winter coats, boots, and other supplies.

You can find out more about Project Sprouts by clicking here or go to our give now page to donate by clicking here. As we are a grassroots organization, all funds go to help those in need.

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You can learn more by reading Poverty In Vietnamese Schools And Why We Give School Supplies by clicking here.

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Human poverty is one of those things that can be quite difficult for us to understand. Many groups are trying to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth, but it is not as easy as it sounds.

Many things can cause human poverty. One, of course, is by the lack of money to have a reasonable standard of living. Another is denial or lack of access to opportunities or education. Literacy or the lack of literacy can cause poverty. Also, the lack of job opportunities and proper medical care and the lack of other necessities as proper sanitation.

You can learn more by reading What Do You Understand By Human Poverty? 6 Reasons by clicking here.

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