World Vision International President Kevin Jenkins (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – World Vision International (WVI) has been awarded the Friendship Order of the President of Vietnam for its active contributions to local poverty reduction and child care.

Vu Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, presented the Friendship Order to WVI President Kevin Jenkins on September 28.

In his speech, Hong appreciated WVI’s assistance to socio-economic development in Vietnam over the past three decades. He said his organisation and authorised agencies will continue supporting the organisation’s activities in the country.

Kevin Jenkins said the Order reflects the long-lasting and sound relationship between the Vietnamese Government and WVI, adding that he hopes their cooperation will be enhanced in the future.

WVI is a US non-governmental organisation that began operating in Vietnam before 1975 with emergency aid and community development activities. It has been licensed to work in such fields as food security, clean water and environmental hygiene, micro-finance and economic development, climate change response, education, child protection, and health care.

Over the last 30 years, it has mobilised 300 million USD for Vietnam and effectively carried out 47 development programmes nationwide.-VNA