The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha on March 27 presented 600 gift packages to impoverished people in the mountainous northern province of Dien Bien.

The packages, worth between 500,000 VND and 300,000 VND each, were delivered to the underprivileged in five districts – Dien Bien, Dien Bien Dong, Tuan Giao, Nam Po and Muong Nhe.

Those gifts are intended to share hardships with the impoverished and encourage them to make efforts to escape from poverty.

Gift delivery is part of the Buddhist Festival in the Ban flower season held in Dien Bien by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, its Dien Bien chapter, and the provincial Department of Internal Affairs.

The festival, from March 27-29, also includes a workshop on religious activities of ethnic minorities in mountainous regions and a requiem for martyrs’ soul.-VNA