Vietnam Fatherland Front prepares Tet fund for the poor

The Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front on January 18 launched a program ‘Fund for the Poor’ to support and uplift the spirit of the poor and needy on occasion of the coming Tet Lunar New Year.

Ms. Ha Thi Lien, Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, said the economy in 2012 had affected many people, and the Front wants to ensure a happy Tet for the poor throughout the country, so that they have a joyous Lunar New Year.

The Standing Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee allocated 3.3 billion towards the fund, which will buy around 11,134 gifts for the poor.

In particular, the Commission will withdraw the amount of VND 2.4 billion, equivalent to 7,900 gifts from the ‘Fund for the Poor’ and transfer the gifts to the people and soldiers on Spratly islands.

The Central Committee has also requested local organizations and trade unions in provinces and cities to work out plans to help disadvantaged groups of the society to celebrate the upcoming Tet Festival.

Meanwhile, the HCMC Fatherland Front Committee has worked with donors to prepare 5,400 gifts worth VND2.7 billion (US$128,000) for poor households in 15 wards and communes deemed poor.

Free coach tickets being given to workers in Linh Trung Export Processing Zone 1 in Thu Duc District in HCMC (Photo: Ho Viet )

The committee has also mobilized organizations and philanthropists to donate instant noodles, macaroni, sausages and other items valued at VND120 million to provide 2,000 old people and orphans in the City's eight social welfare centers.

The committee will organize visits to present gifts to the City's poor from January 19-30 as Tet will fall on February 10 this year.

By Monday, January 21, most district-level trade unions in the City will have completed a list of disadvantaged workers in order to support them during Tet.

The listed workers belong to companies that have been dissolved, have temporarily stopped operating or are unable to give Tet bonuses to their workers.

Nguyen Thi Anh Thu, chairwoman of the Cu Chi District Trade Union, said "We update the information everyday on lives of workers in companies facing difficulties. We try not to leave out any who are in difficulty."

The Cu Chi District Trade Union plans to organize a Tet celebration for poor workers on February 6 and give 300 gifts worth VND300,000 each to disadvantaged workers. The Thu Duc District Trade Union will also present 1,400 gifts to disadvantaged workers for the Tet festival, she said.

Leading officials of the City Party Committee will visit and present gifts to workers in difficulty in the City's industrial parks and export processing zones and districts, from January 23 to February 7.

They will also attend Tet celebrations for workers who are unable to go to their homes for the festival.

The City now has more than 250,000 workers in its industrial parks and export processing zones, 70 per cent of whom are from other provinces.

The HCMC Industrial Park and Export Processing Zone Authority (HEPZA) will present 1,500 gifts to workers who cannot go home for Tet.

Meanwhile, HEPZA Trade Union has given 6,000 bus tickets to workers to return home for a family reunion during Tet.

Source SGGP, Translated by Dan

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