A teacher and students at a school in Muong Te district, the northern province of Lai Chau. (Photo: VNA)

Lai Chau (VNA) – The northern province of Lai Chau has carried out a number of programmes to support disadvantaged people, especially those from border and ethnic minority areas.

Phong Tho district with 13 border communes plays a crucial role in the border defence. However, the life of people here is still difficult while infrastructure is very poor. 

Authorities have called on organisations and individuals to raise funds to support underprivileged residents. 

As a result, more than 4 billion VND has been raised to help upgrade and rebuild 500 houses for those in need.

According to Sin Van Su, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Lai Chau, the province has raised 3.7 billion VND (161,690 USD) at the provincial level and 1.8 billion VND (78,660 USD) at the district level to help poor people build houses, buy cows and develop production.

In 2017, the provincial Red Cross Society launched a Tet programme for the poor and Agent Orange/dioxin victims, collecting over 3.3 billion VND (144,210 USD) to buy more than 15,400 gift packages for them.

The local associations of farmers and women have also actively launched programmes to generate jobs for locals and reduce poverty.-VNA