Joachim Pham has been a National Catholic Reporter correspondent since December 2013 and regularly contributes to Global Sisters Report. He is based in Vietnam.
Nuns from four congregations in Vietnam's central provinces that are being hit by the worst floods in decades are providing emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of victims.
Catholicism is seen as a foreign religion in Vietnam, with 52,000 followers among the total population of 1.3 million, according to church statistics. Three sisters who have their origins in other religions recently talked with Global Sisters Report about their admiration for what sisters have done for them and others.
Q & A with Sr. Maria Do Thi Quyen, supporting ethnic families affected by Vietnam's COVID-19 lockdown
Since the pandemic hit Vietnam in February, the country's 97 million people have been experiencing a severe economic downturn. People living in isolated areas or who worked day to day are hit hardest.
In Vietnam, cultural change and family crises are leaving more elderly people abandoned and living in poverty on the streets. In Da Nang, Elderly Loving Home offers refuge to elderly women.