The National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) plans to raise 75 billion VND (3.5 million USD) this year from domestic and international resources for programmes to protect and care for children and provide education assistance.

The target was determined during a NFVC Sponsorship Council meeting chaired by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, who is also Chair of the council, on March 24 in Hanoi.

According to an NFVC report, the fund mobilised a total of 97 billion VND (4.55 million USD) in 2014, exceeding its annual target by 26 percent.

Its support activities benefited over 86,800 disadvantaged children across 63 cities and provinces nationwide.

To operate the fund effectively, the Vice President proposed improved activity capacity, strengthened supervision, and close collaboration with locals.

She also suggested that the fund focus on building more boarding scholls for ethnic children and playgrounds this year.

Since its establishment, the NFVC has mobilized more than 4 trillion VND (186 million USD) and aided 28 million children.-VNA