A ceremony was held on September 19 to kick off construction of a start-up village for youths in Bac Ai mountainous district, central Ninh Thuan province.

Covering over 1,000 ha in Phuoc Dai commune, the village is designed to have a cultural house, a sports ground, a kindergarten, and other necessary facilities.

The project, worth 54 billion VND (2.53 million USD), is expected to be completed by 2018. It is one of the 15 youth start-up villages approved by the Government for the 2013-2020 period.

Once operational, the village will benefit 150 youth households with 540 people who will receive technical assistance in cultivation for sustainable household economic development.

It will also encourage youngsters to take an active part in building new-style rural areas in order to bring a new facelift for the locality, according to Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s provincial chapter Chau Thanh Hai.

On the occasion, the chapter presented 20 scholarships, each worth 500,000 VND, to disadvantaged students in Bac Ai district.-VNA