Ha Nam: Over 1 million USD raised for poor people hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – More than 24 billion VND (1.05 million USD) was raised to help the poor celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival during a programme held in the northern province of Ha Nam on January 21.

The event was organised by the provincial Fatherland Front and the provincial Business Association.

Nearly 9,000 poor households in Ha Nam will receive Tet gifts worth 500,000 VND (22 USD) each. Meanwhile, 10 billion VND (440,000 USD) of the amount will be used to build schools.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Dinh Khang highlighted the significance of the programme, and praised local enterprises and individuals for their generosity.

The programme called for donations from businesses, organisations and individuals to the locality’s social security programmes, he said.

The same day, more than 200 poor people and those from ethnic minority communities in the southern province of Binh Phuoc were provided with free health check-ups and medicines during a programme initiated by the provincial People’s Committee.

On the occasion, Tet gift packages worth 30 million VND (1,320 USD) were also delivered to these poor residents.-VNA