Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) should affirm its role as a reliable address for philanthropists and work to mobilise more funds to support disadvantaged children, said Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.

Speaking at the meeting held in Hanoi on December 7 to call for financial support for needy children, Thinh said that among 26 million Vietnamese children, 1.5 million are in especially difficult circumstances and about 2.5 million others are at high risk of being disadvantaged.

She hailed the fund’s achievements in the past years, which have made significant contributions to reducing poverty rate in the country.

She took the occasion to thank sponsors for their kindness in the past time.

At the event, 17 enterprises pledged support worth over 150 billion VND (6.58 million USD) for Vietnamese children through the NFVC.

Many corporations and organisations signed agreements with the NFVC to provide financial support for the children like Truong Tien Group, Vietnam Dairy Products JSC and Dasnet Charity Fund.

The NFVC, set up in 1992 by the State in accordance with the Law on Child Care and Protection, aims to mobilise domestic and international resources to implement objectives for children. After 25 years, the fund has mobilised over 5.5 trillion VND (241.4 million USD) and supported over 30 million children from difficult backgrounds.-VNA