The Vietnamese charitable organisation “Understanding the Heart” has launched a fundraising programme in New York to support poor children who are undergoing heart treatment.

The event on April 4 caught the attention of the overseas Vietnamese community, Vietnamese officials and students, as well as local residents.

Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Head of the Vietnamese permanent delegation to the UN, said that in Vietnam , more than 10,000 babies are born with heart disease every year and only 30 percent of them receive proper medical treatment.

He called on charities and sympathetic US citizens to help Vietnamese children with heart disease by supporting the organisation “Understanding the Heart”.

At the fundraiser, the organisation gave a presentation on its five ongoing projects which include one to provide heart surgery for children in need; a programme to build charitable houses; a project to support poor children; the awarding of scholarships and raising the publics awareness on the issue.

Thanks to help from the Vietnamese Embassy in the US , similar events were held in Houston and Washington D.C. on April 2, reported the organisation.

Many American citizens and organisations, as well as the overseas Vietnamese community expressed their sympathy and said they will support Vietnamese children with heart disease.

Esmeralda V. Brown, Director of the Southern Research and Development Centre, said that her organisation is preparing to visit Vietnam to work with local medical centres and provide assistance to Vietnamese children with heart disease.

First established in July 2010, “Understanding the Heart” is a charity that asks for financial assistance from individuals, non-governmental organisations, the business community and domestic and foreign partners to help needy children in Vietnam.-VNA