VCSF targets to sponsor 58,000 needy children in 2014

The Vietnam Children Sponsor Fund (VCSF) will contribute VND87 billion (US$4.1 million) for 58,000 children for 2014.

Last year, the fund appealed to the contribution of benefactors with VND 62 billion (US$2.9 million), said Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan. It has spent VND 67.7 billion (US$3.2 million) sponsoring 37,643 children in 63 cities and provinces nationwide.

The Eye Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City received humanitarian aid including 1,920 artificial lenses worth EUR 25,461 from Netherland’s Eye Care Foundation for charitable surgeries.

The foundation also gave two full scholarships worth EUR42,475 each for students studying optometry in Malaysia. The scholarships are sponsored in cooperation with the Eye Hospital in HCMC and various nongovernmental organizations aimed at raising standards of cataract procedures in Vietnam.

By Lam Nguyen, Truong Ngoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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