MoIC launches SMS campaign to support poor people

A text-message campaign, which is a part of activities to respond to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the National Day for the Poor (October 17), was launched on October 15 through the national humanity website.

In respond to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the National Day for the Poor (October 17), the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee jointly held the campaign.

The campaign started from October 15 to November 30 to raise fund for the poor, especially those from extremely difficult areas and ethnic minority groups.

According to the Ministry, based on the multidimensional poverty line of Vietnam in the 2016-2020 period, Vietnam has more than 2.33 million poor households, accounting for 10 percent of total households nationwide, along with 1.23 million others close to the line, accounting for over five percent of total households in the country.

To support the poor escape the poverty, the government and the Party has had a number of policies to mobilise resources to help the poor get rid of poverty, including a national target program of sustainable poverty reduction for the 2016-2020 period. Programs to fight poverty not only help the poor to have food and clothes but also help them to access to basic social services of medical, education, housing, clean water and information.

By texting VNN to number 1409, people donate 15,000 VND to the poor, contributing to the sustainable poverty reduction in the country.

At the national meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and leaders of sectors sent messages to support the poor.

By Phan Thao - translated by Uyen Phuong

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