A farmer sits on a dried field (Illustrative photo: VNA)

Thanh Hoa (VNA)
– The department for external affairs in the north central province of Thanh Hoa on December 20 held a conference to call for international non-governmental funding.

Since 2006, Thanh Hoa received 57 projects from some 40 non-governmental organisations worth about 7.8 million USD a year, the department reported.

In 2016 alone, there were 49 organisations and 66 programmes focusing on rural development - poverty alleviation, health care, environmental protection and disaster risk mitigation.

Three million USD worth of non-governmental aid have been provided for six mountainous districts and between 1 and 3 million USD reached five coastal districts.

Charities still running in Thanh Hoa include World Vision with 14-year operation and 36-million-USD funding, Anesvad foundation with 5 years of activities and 5.7 million USD, as well as Save the Children with 23 years and 4.1 million USD.

Speaking at the conference, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Thi Thin called on continued support for poverty alleviation efforts in the province.

Nine groups and 13 individuals from international charities were honoured at the function for their outstanding contributions.-VNA