The Hanoi chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha donated 16.3 billion VND to poor ethnic people, Agent Orange, flood victims, the elderly and orphans in 2010.

The chapter Executive Council has maintained the operation of a centre for raising orphans, disabled and HIV infected children at the Bo De pagoda in Long Bien district, a centre for the HIV/AIDS carriers at Phap Van pagoda in Hoang Mai district and a free medical clinic at Tram Gian pagoda in Chuong My district.

Also in 2010, the chapter collaborated with relevant agencies to organise exhibitions of artefacts, fine arts and photos to mark the city’s millennial anniversary.

The Hoa ethnic group’s Buddhist followers in Ho Chi Minh City have donated 2.78 billion VND to poor patients and people in the city.

The remaining of the 6.3 billion VND sum slated for charitable activities will be donated to disadvantaged Hoa people in the city, said Head of the Hoa Buddhist Followers’ Representative Board Venerable Thich Hue Cong./.