Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 15 made a visit to present gifts to children living and studying in the Da Lat SOS Children’s Village in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

During the visit, which was made to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival, Phuc expressed his warm feeling towards the children and praised SOS villages nationwide for taking care of disadvantaged youngsters.

He said that the Party, State and society are committed to paying special attention to the nation’s children, in particular those disadvantaged.

The Deputy PM also thanked international organisations for their support in building the system of SOS villages in Vietnam. He asked ministries, sectors and localities to further invest in constructing facilities and improving conditions for the care and education of disadvantaged youth.

The Da Lat SOS Children’s Village has taken care of 275 children since its inception in 1989.

On the same day, the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights in conjunction with the Committee for Ethnic Minorities and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs held a special Mid-Autumn Festival celebration i n the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh.

Joining the festival were children from Hanoi, the northern provinces of Hoa Binh, Son La and Phu Tho and central Thanh Hoa province.

Speaking at the event, National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu underlined the significance of the festival, saying that it was in part a manifestation of the interest and responsibility the government has for children from ethnic groups and remote areas.

He said he has been delighted at the achievements made by the children in studying and joining social activities, expressing his hope that they will always remember the teachings of late President Ho Chi Minh.

To celebrate the occasion, the organising board presented 500 scholarships and 1,000 gifts to outstanding poor students in the localities, as well as children with disabilities from Nguyen Dinh Chieu School in Hanoi.

Previously, the participating children also had the chance to express their thoughts and expectations to local and central leaders.-VNA