Outstanding donors for child care activities in 2018 honoured (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, who is also Chairwoman of the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) Sponsorship Council, held a meeting in Hanoi on January 6 with outstanding donors who had great contributions to activities for children in 2018.

Praising the positive contributions of individuals, units, enterprises and members of the NFVC to the care for children, Thinh highlighted the pervasive effects of child care and education programmes last year.

According to the Vice President, the NFVC has become more prestigious and attracted the participation of many donors.

The Vice President voiced her hope that organisations, individuals and enterprises at home and abroad will maintain their contributions both materially and spiritually to support more and more poor children and those living in underprivileged circumstances.

In 2018, the fund raised 101 billion VND (4.36 million USD) to help nearly 105,000 disadvantaged children by providing them with free surgical operations, scholarships, learning aids and bicycles or organising festivals for them.

However, there are still 1.5 million children from disadvantaged backgrounds across the country and nearly 2.5 million could drop out of school.

Therefore, the fund set a target of mobilising 90 billion VND from both domestic and foreign resources for the care for, protection and education of children, thus helping promote four child rights: the right to life, the right to protection, the right to development and the right to participation.

On the same day, the NFVC collaborated with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) to organise the 12th “Mua xuan cho em” (Spring for children) programme.

Addressing the event, Vice President Thinh affirmed that over the past years, the Party and State have paid special attention to children, especially those living in disadvantaged circumstances.

On this occasion, the NFVC received over 150 billion VND (6.47 million USD) from domestic and foreign organisations, individuals and enterprises in support of underprivileged children.

The MoLISA presented certificates of merits to 13 units and individuals for their outstanding achievements in the protection of and care for children in 2018.-VNA