Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A text-message campaign will be activated from October 15 to November 30 to raise fund for the poor, especially those from extremely difficult areas and ethnic minority groups.

By texting VNN to number 1409, people can donate 15,000 VND to the poor, contributing to the sustainable poverty reduction in the country.

The campaign, jointly held by the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee, is part of activities to respond to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the National Day for the Poor (October 17).

All information is available at website 1400.vn or through telephone centre 19001530.

According to multidimensional poverty line of Vietnam in the 2016-2020 period, Vietnam has more than 2.33 million poor households, accounting for 9.88 percent of total households nationwide, along with 1.23 million others close to the line.

A number of policies have been designed to mobilise resources to help the poor get rid of poverty, including a national target programme of sustainable poverty reduction for the 2016-2020 period that was approved by the Prime Minister in early September 2016.-VNA