A variety of activities have been organised to warm the hearts of underprivileged people across the country on the occasion of the quickly-approaching traditional Lunar New Year (Tet), the biggest holiday in Vietnam.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited and presented 100 gift packages, each worth 1 million VND (47 USD), to poor households and Agent Orange/Dioxin victims in Phu Loc district of central Thua Thien-Hue province on February 7.

He said the Party and State are consistently focused on the impoverished and suggested local authorities take concrete measures to help the disadvantaged escape poverty.

The same day, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan gave 190 presents, each worth 1 million VND (47 USD), to fishermen in the Tuy Hoa city of central coastal Phu Yen province.

The VFF also provided 300 million VND (14,150 USD) to four families to support the construction of high-capacity fishing vessels.

The VFF leader encouraged fishermen to continue safeguarding the national sea and island sovereignty.

On February 6, the Hanoi Chapter of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and representatives from the Mexican and Romanian Embassies in Vietnam held a programme to present gifts to underprivileged residents of remote My Duc and Hoa Kiem districts.

The Vietnam Youth Union in Ho Chi Minh City presented 300 gift packages to the disadvantaged and those with disabilities on February 8. The young volunteers will wrap up 200 ‘chung’ (square glutinous rice) cakes for low-income or homeless people and raise funds for the poor in northwest provinces as part of the union’s spring programme.

The same day, the Youth newspaper, in conjunction with the municipal Hospital of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, launched a blood drive for children diagnosed with cancer.

The organisation board visited and presented gifts to 800 child cancer patients being treated at hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang.

Elsewhere in the central province of Quang Ngai, the PetrolVietnam Insurance Corporation (PVI) sent 1,000 Tet gifts to poverty-stricken households in Quang Ngai city and Tu Nghia district, worth a combined 500 million VND (23,500 USD).

A festival was held in the northern province of Bac Ninh to teach children about wrapping ‘chung’ cake and the art of calligraphy, while calling for social engagement in protecting, caring for and educating children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.-VNA