Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (third, left) presents merit certificates to collectives and individuals with great contribution to humanitarian activities at the meeting on January 15 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – More than 2.3 million needy people have received aid totalling over 3.8 trillion VND (163.3 million USD) over the last 11 years under a campaign that promotes each organisation and individual’s committed support for one disadvantaged people.

The information was released at a meeting held by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) in Hanoi on January 15 to review the campaign launched in January 2008.

VRC Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu said in the campaign, humanitarian support has been provided in various forms, ranging from assisting the disadvantaged with heifers or free meals to helping them build houses.

While 181 community-based kitchens have offered nearly 29.3 million free meals, the practice of community-based savings has created resources for helping about 184,000 students with disadvantages. More than 125 tonnes of rice have also been donated in 40 provinces and cities to support the target group.

Thu said this campaign has received great attention from the Party, Government and authorities at all levels. Many initiatives have been introduced and developed sustainably. The campaign has also attracted the participation of a large number of organisations and people.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam described the campaign as a practical drive that has substantially contributed to socio-economic development, poverty reduction and efforts to ensure no one is left behind.

He said humanitarian activities are the responsibility of not only the VRC but also all-level administrations, asking the VRC to propose policies to the State to encourage more businesses, organisations and people from all social strata to engage in this work.-VNA