National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (L) presents financial aids to representatives of some localities (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – “Vong tay nhan ai” (merciful hands), a charity programme aiming to support poor people in Hanoi and 21 localities nationwide, was held in Hanoi on January 25 with the participation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, leaders of a number of central agencies, Hanoi and the 21 localities.

The event raised more than 100 billion VND (4.41 million USD) to assist the needy in the localities, including Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Yen Bai, Son La, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Ha Giang, Quang Ninh, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Dien Bien, Thai Nguyen, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen, Hai Duong, Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh and Ninh Binh.

Aiming to upgrade houses for more than 4,000 poor households, the capital city offered each family 45 million VND to build new houses or 35 million VND for repairs.

The city also gave 6.84 billion VND in surgery fees for 240 children with heart problems and cleft palate.

The city People’s Committee also provided financial support to 150 poor households whose houses were destroyed during the November 2017 floods in Hoa Binh, Son La and Yen Bai provinces.

Hanoi presented 13 billion VND to the localities to buy 100,000 chairs for cultural houses and residential areas and 2,000 gifts worth 1 billion VND to students from ethnic minority groups in 10 northern mountainous provinces.

The city also granted 30 scholarships valued at 2 million VND each to poor students in the city, along with 15 million VND sponsorships to 10 poor children with outstanding academic performance.

Addressing the event, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said the programme is a chance for sponsors and enterprises to work with the city to implement social security policies, support the poor and contribute to poverty reduction.

This is also a good opportunity for the city to care for disadvantaged people and help ease difficulties of poor people in other localities, he added.-VNA