People buy train tickets for the 2017 Lunar New Year holidat at the Saigon Railway Station (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Student Assistance Centre of Ho Chi Minh City is set to carry out activities to support disadvantaged students during the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet).

Up to 5,000 coach tickets will be presented to less privileged students, as well as workers, to help them reunite with their families in central, Central Highlands and southwestern regions.

The programme targets university students and workers whose hometowns are the central provinces suffering from recent floods.

Meanwhile, gatherings and arts activities will be held for those who are unable to leave or want to stay in the city during Tet – the biggest traditional festival in Vietnam. About 2,000 gift packages will be given to students with disadvantaged backgrounds.

The assistance centre said it will liaise with local businesses to provide 5,000 part-time jobs for university students during Tet.

Homeless children, orphans and primary students in outlying areas will also receive Tet gifts, the centre noted, adding that student volunteers will invite locals to donate gifts to the underprivileged.-VNA