The Vietnam News Agency (VNA)’s Fund for Agent Orange (AO) Victims on January 19 handed over a 30 million VND (1,400 USD) house to an AO sufferer in the south central province of Binh Thuan.

The house has been built for Nguyen Van No in Tuy Phong district, who previously lived in a decrepit home.
Nguyen Thanh Tam, Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Binh Thuan, said the house is of significant meaning ahead of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, which is the country’s biggest holiday.

Binh Thuan is home to 5,500 people affected by the toxic Agent Orange chemicals who are living in poor conditions with weakening health, he added.

With the aim of alleviating the plight caused by wars, the VNA set up the “For Agent Orange Victims” fund in September 2006 to rally support from individuals and organisations both at home and abroad.

The VNA will continue to maintain and enhance this humanitarian activity.

As well as the VNA’s help, the Association of AO Victims in Binh Thuan province presented a charitable house and 600 gift packages, worth 205 million VND (9,600 USD) to local victims.-VNA