Many expats who helped people during the recent lockdowns with food and other items are relieved that things are returning to normal.
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Now many expats have plans for their own businesses.
Deepu has reopened his restaurant in District 2, which is only allowed to serve takeout and delivery, but has yet to open the others in District 1 and Hoi An.
He hopes things would soon return to normal and he can fully reopen his business.
“Many people have left Vietnam and schools and some businesses are still closed, so my restaurant in District 2 is slowly recovering.
“I hope people strictly follow Covid instructions, then we will be allowed to serve dine-in customers soon”.
In quarantine in Can Tho, Vann has spent time revising her lessons.
“What I want to do most is return to Cambodia to visit my family because I have not met them for two years,” she says.
When they knew their daughter was working as a volunteer in Covid epicenter HCMC, her parents, worried for her safety, had objected strongly.
“They knew I was doing meaningful work with support from my Vietnamese friends. So they later agreed.”
Some others have opted to leave Vietnam after months of struggling with the pandemic.
Percy Smith, an English teacher in Binh Thanh District who delivered thousands of meals to poor people during the lockdowns, will leave for his hometown in the U.K. next weekend.
Working with a friend named Nguyen Quoc Bao in District 10, he delivered the food to those in need across the city.
“My income has been severely hit by the pandemic and the recent lockdown, but I try to stay positive and spread it to others in town”.
He hopes to deliver some more meals this weekend before leaving.
But he promises to return to Vietnam and continue to do charity.
Deepu, saying he will distribute free meals to hospitals twice a month, also says he will never stop his philanthropy journey even after the pandemic is over.
“When doing charitable works, I am supported by lots of kind people in Vietnam. I will keep helping those in need until I cannot.”