Rome (VNA) – Overseas Vietnamese in Italy have raised nearly 300 million VND (around 13,200 USD) to finance the repair of schools in remote areas in central Vietnam which were hardly hit by natural disasters last year.

Donations have been sent to the Vietnam-Italy Friendship Association by not only Vietnamese but also Italians, with the Italy-Vietnam Mutual Assistance Association, the Vietnamese Students’ Association in Italy, the Italy-Vietnam Friendship Association, the Italy-Vietnam Cultural Bridge Association, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, and the association of Italian families with adopted Vietnamese children among the donors.

The sum has been used to repair a school for children with disabilities in Le Thuy district of Quang Binh province and a kindergarten in Huong Hoa district of Quang Tri province and help these schools replace equipment damaged by flooding.

At the beginning of 2021, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-Italy Friendship Association Tran Thanh Quyet and former President of the Vietnamese Students’ Association in Italy Phan Hoang Nam visited the schools to survey their needs and develop plans for the repair. The repair was completed last month, thus improving the learning environment for local students.

Earlier this year, about 80 million VND sourced from a fund for central Vietnam has been used to aid Vietnam’s COVID-19 response efforts./.