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Thai Nguyen (VNA)
– Disadvantaged children in the northern mountainous province of Thai Nguyen received 50 bicycles at a fund-raising event of the “Life’s Journey” programme held in the locality on April 14.

The bikes came with five education packets from AIA Vietnam Life Insurance Co., Ltd, worth 20 million VND (896 USD) each.

The programme has been jointly organised by AIA Vietnam and the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) since 2014, aiming to equip needy children with a means of transport.

Over 200,000 Vietnamese students drop out of school every year, and one of the main reasons is the long distances they have to travel by foot. In remote areas, many students need to walk between five and ten kilometres to the nearest school.

The programme has thus far brought 1,805 bicycles to poor children yearning for education across 37 provinces and cities nationwide. Thai Nguyen was the fourth destination it reached in 2016.-VNA