A vision-impaired student (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The 13th charitable art programme “One Heart-One World” was held in Hanoi on April 7 to draw the community’s attention to the care for disadvantaged people.

It aims to connect people and organisations towards supporting vulnerable groups on the occasion of the upcoming Vietnam Day for People with Disabilities (April 18).

Besides the art performances, the audience also had a chance to engage with outstanding disadvantaged people who have made every effort to overcome their difficulties and integrate into the community.

Vision-impaired Nguyen Thi Phong, 30, from southern Vinh Long province, told the audience that she pursued a zither music course at the Ho Chi Minh City cinematography and stage theatre. She won a gold medal at the “Don ca tai tu” festival in Ho Chi Minh City and Prize B at the national “Don ca tai tu” festival.

Do Van Hai, from northern Bac Giang province, earns over 500 million VND (22,500 USD) per year from his agricultural production, despite limb disabilities.

The annual programme was jointly organised by the Association in Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and the Ministry of Labour, Social Invalids and Social Affairs.

Last year, a donation worth 16 billion VND (1.2 million USD) was raised through the 12th version of the programme in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam is making utmost efforts to ensure the rights of people with disabilities, who account for 7.8 percent of the country’s population.

The group is coping with challenges in exercising their right to work, including access to employment opportunities and discrimination at workplaces.-VNA