The “cow bank” project, which was initiated by the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) in 2010, has so far donated nearly 13,000 cows to low-income people in 58 districts and 257 border communes nationwide, helping improve their livelihood.

Over 2,000 calves born to these cows were then presented to other underprivileged households.

By the end of 2014, the VRC received an award from the Asia-Pacific Fundraisers’ NetWork (APFN) for this creative project.

The society will organise a review programme in May 2015 to honour outstanding contributors to the project.

Till then, it will continue donating cows to needy households in targeted border communes and poor districts, prioritising those from central Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces.

The “cow bank” project is designed to help impoverished people in indigent districts and border communes to escape poverty.

Between 2013 and 2014, each poor district received 100 cows, while each border commune got 10 cows under the project.

This is the largest project the VRC has carried out across 63 cities and provinces nationwide, according to VRC Vice Chairwoman Tran Thi Hong An.

It has also received warm response from the public, she said.-VNA