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Quang Tri (VNA) - The Zhi Shan Foundation of Taiwan (China) has pledged an aid package worth over 16.4 billion VND (721,600 USD) to support poor and disadvantaged children in the central region in 2018.

The foundation will also provide scholarships, free orthopaedic surgeries, and nutrition for needy children in Quang Tri province in the year, worth a total of over 5.1 billion VND (224,400 USD).

The documents to this effect were signed between the organisation and the provinces of Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, and Quang Ngai in Quang Tri’s Dong Ha city on January 8.

The signing ceremony was held in coincidence with the foundation’s celebration of its 20 years of implementing charity projects in Vietnam.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Quang Tri provincial People’s Committee Mai Thuc, hailed the contribution the organisation has made to the province’s community activities, particularly its assistance for local poor students.

He expressed his hope that it will continue its support for building nursery schools for difficulty-ridden communes, improving nutrition for needy children in Dakrong district, and offering scholarships to poor students in Huong Hoa district.

Present in Vietnam since 1995, Zhi Shan Foundation has funded numerous long-term health and education projects to help disadvantaged children.

In 2017, the foundation gave scholarships to 3,234 poor students, and funded the building of semi-boarding nursery schools, benefiting 6,500 children.

As many as 2,716 children with disabilities have received free orthopaedic surgeries funded by the organisation since 2001.

The foundation has thus far allocated around 70 billion VND (over 3 million USD) to help 2,600 needy students in Quang Tri alone over the past 20 years.-VNA