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Japan helps UXO victims in Quang Tri

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The Japanese Government will provide non-refundable aid worth almost 123,000 USD to a project to support victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the central province of Quang Tri .

The aid contract was signed by Hideo Suzuki, charge d’affaires of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam , and Jeanne Samuel, Country Director at the US ’s Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) in Vietnam , in Hanoi on August 10.

Under the contract, the funding will be granted to farmers, single women and ethnic people involved in the project, helping them participate in mushroom growing to improve home economics.

Conducted by HDI in cooperation with Vietnam’s RENEW Project since 2010 through the joint programme called “Mushrooms with a Mission”, the project now sees the participation of 100 families in 15 communes in Trieu Phong and Cam Lo districts.

It enables UXOs victims and their families to increase their income through mushroom farming, significantly contributing to the livelihood of affected families.

Quang Tri remains one of the most mine-affected provinces in Vietnam . According to the reports, more than 100,000 people are victims of UXOs and landmines, out of total of 600,000 people in the province, and they are facing difficulties in their life.

Speaking at the signing ceremony , Suzuki expressed his belief that the project will help improve living standards for the victims in the province.

It is also expected to strengthen and further deepen the friendship and mutual understanding between Vietnam and Japan , he said.-VNA

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