Representatives of the National Fund for Vietnamese Children receives support from sponsors on January 21 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) received nearly 96 billion VND (4.2 million USD) raised from 40 organisations, individuals, businesses and sponsors at home and abroad to support underprivileged children during the 11th Spring for Children programme in Hanoi on January 21.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, also Chairwoman of the NFVC, said the fund has raised 5.5 trillion VND (247.5 million USD) over the past 25 years to support more than 33 million children with free health check-ups, medicines and heart, eye and cleft palate surgery.

In 2017, domestic and foreign organisations, individuals, enterprises and benefactors contributed more than 210 billion VND (9.2 million USD) to the fund to help some 200,000 children, she added.

At the programme, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs presented certificates of merit to collectives and individuals that made significant contributions to child care and protection in 2017.

A special art programme was held as part of the event.

Since it began in 2008, the “Spring for children” programme has raised hundreds of billions of VND to assist poor children nationwide.

The same day, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh met with sponsors for the NFCV in 2017 to call for more assistance to create better lives for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Director of the fund Hoang Van Tien reported the NFCV spent over 79 billion VND (3.5 million USD) supporting 106,400 children via health care, nutrition and education programmes.

In 2018, the fund aims to mobilise about 10.5 billion VND (463,000 USD) to support nearly 120,000 children.-VNA