As many as 200 underprivileged school children in Ho Chi Minh City were presented with bicycles and scholarships worth 24,200 USD from the 2014 “Real Life Journey” programme at a ceremony held in the city on December 4.

Among them, 80 received bicycles while 110 others were awarded with scholarships “Back to School” worth 3 million VND (140.5 USD) each and ten with scholarships worth 5 million VND (234 USD) each.

“Real Life Journey” was co-launched by the National Fund for Vietnamese Children and AIA Vietnam Life Insurance Co., Ltd in early 2014 in an effort to raise fund and call on more support from society for disadvantaged children.

The programme has gone throughout 22 cities and provinces across the country, including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Dak Lak and Can Tho, to deliver 770 bicycles to underprivileged students with a total fund of 1.3 billion USD (60,900 USD).

According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, some 200,000 Vietnamese children dropped out school every year mainly because they had to walk to school while the schools were far from their homes.-VNA