Hanoi raises 2 mln USD for children’s fund in six years hinh anh 1Hanoi raises 2 mln USD for children’s fund in six years. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi has raised more than 45 billion VND (about 2 million USD) for its Children’s Fund over the past six years, as heard at a meeting on October 6 to review the Fund operations from 2009-2015.

Local children, especially those from difficult backgrounds, were taken into better care through various childcare and scholarship projects aided by the Fund.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu, however, talked about difficulties to maintain the funding, which is mostly contributed by private donors and businesses.

He urged the fund managers to coordinate with relevant city bodies and press agencies to ramp up fundraising activities and communication campaigns to better promote them among the public.

Director of the municipal Children’s Fund Le Thanh Vinh proposed that the city should consider spending 0.5-0.8 percent of its annual budget for childcare projects.

Every year, the Fund presented gifts to impoverished children, children with disabilities and orphans during Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, Mid-Autumn festival and International Children Day (June 1) and worked with local hospitals to give free surgeries to poor children who were born with heart and eye defects, harelips and cleft palates.

It has raised over 8 billion VND (about 356,000 USD) in the first nine months of the year, including 2 billion VND in cash (89,000 USD).-VNA