More than VND1.7 billion (US$100,000) was collected at a charity walk in Ho Chi Minh City on August 10 to support Agent Orange victims.
|Charity walk in HCMC on August 10|
Close to 10,000 locals joined the event held by the city’s Red Cross society to mark Viet Nam’s Day for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (Aug. 11).
Part of the sum will be doled out as regular allowances for 600 victims of the toxic chemical who have no stable jobs.
As many as 200 scholarships (VND1 million/scholarship) will be granted to children of AO victims, while 500 others will be provided with between VND5-15 million to attend vocational training courses.
The Red Cross also plans to build 100 houses each worth VND15 million and give capital for poor families of AO victims to start household business.