Nonprofit organization works as ‘safety net’ for Southeast Asian community across NYC

Mekong NYC works to improve the quality of life for Southeast Asian people through art, culture and language, as well as community organizing and healing.

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2021, 12:18 PM

Updated 1,119 days ago

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A nonprofit organization provides care to Southeast Asian immigrants who need help adjusting to the fast pace living of New York City.
Khamarin Nhann, the campaign director of Mekong NYC, says the Southeast Asian community has deep roots in the Bronx that start in the early 1980s.
"This community has a rich history of refugees and immigrants coming in, even to this day," he says.
This is why it's common for some Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrants and refugees to need a helping hand when it comes to life in New York City. Nhann says this is where Mekong NYC comes in.
Mekong NYC works to improve the quality of life for Southeast Asian people through art, culture and language, as well as community organizing and healing.
“We not only serve, but we organize the Southeast Asians community, build community power,” Nhann says. “We are the safety net of the community, providing access to social services and programs."
Nhann says the group’s efforts have doubled down amid the pandemic.
"The group puts together care packages that include food fruits and vegetables, as well as PPE, like masks and gloves and hand sanitizer, to keep the Southeast Asian community safe during the pandemic," he says.
New York City is home for many immigrants, and Mekong NYC is working to keep their Southeast Asian culture alive and well.


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