City raises funds to support poor, disadvantaged

Vietnam Fatherland Front in Ho Chi Minh City and the Committee for the Poor organized a press briefing on April 2 to report the results of the 2012 campaign ‘For the Poor’ and introduce plans for this year.

Chairman Duong Quan Ha is presenting Certificates of Commendation for people with great devotion to fund raising activities in 2012

According to Duong Quan Ha, Chairman of the City Vietnam Fatherland Front, the HCMC Committee for the Poor raised VND126.7 billion (US$6.065 million) last year, about VND46 billion ($2.199 million) more than expected.

About VND118 billion ($5.64 million) was given to poor people and families under social policies in the City; building of charity houses; nearly 20,000 Nguyen Huu Tho scholarships for poor students; and for jobs support for poor families.

Part of the money was also used to build new bridges, repair rural roads, and support Vietnamese heroic mothers.

As a result, the percentage of poor families in the City went down from 3.78 percent to 2.12 percent, while more innovative methods to reduce poverty were implemented.

In 2013, the HCMC Committee for the Poor will mobilize another VND80 billion ($3.824 million) for the poor and families under social policies.

On this occasion, the City Vietnam Fatherland Front delivered Certificates of Commendation to 86 groups and 45 individuals for their strong commitment towards fund raising activities. 

By Minh Ngoc – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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