Hanoi launches Month for the Poor 2019 hinh anh 1At the launching ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– The Fund for the Poor of Hanoi received over 7.2 billion VND (309,600 USD) from organisations and individuals at a ceremony held in the capital city Hanoi on October 15 to launch the Month for the Poor.

According to President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee of Hanoi Nguyen Lan Huong, the month will run through November 18.

Donors can contribute to the fund directly at the committee’s office at 29 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, or through bank transfer to the VFF account number 376 109 057 259 91046 at the State Treasury.

On the occasion, the city VFF Committee also handed over the funding to build five charity houses, along with three breeding cows and two motorbikes to local poor households.

In 2018 and the first nine months of 2019, the fund raised more than 80 billion VND for the poor, while supporting the construction of 3,000 charity houses and the upgrading of more than 2,000 houses.

It provided capital and production materials for more than 5,000 poor households, assisted more than 3,000 poor households to access health care services, and offered scholarships to 13,000 poor students.

At the same time, through the Hanoi branch of the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, the fund provided 14 billion VND for poor households with zero percent interest rate to help them promote production. Thanks to the capital, many households have escaped from poverty, contributing to reducing the poverty rate in the city to 1.16 percent./.