Central, Mekong delta regions sponsor poor to welcome Tet

Local authorities, residents and businesses in the central and Mekong delta regions have made great efforts to help thousands of flood-hit households to celebrate a warmer and happier Tet holiday season.

Cyclo rider Huynh Kim Hien is amongst those being assisted by Da Nang City authorities for the coming Tet holiday (Photo: SGGP)

Tan Thanh A Commune is one area badly affected by flooding in Tan Hong Commune of Dong Thap Province. People in the commune live on rice production. However they had a lean autumn winter crop because of flooding while the next winter spring crop will be harvested by March next year.

As a result, from now until Tet, several households in the commune have no income unless they are employees on salaries.

Besides giving some financial assistance, the commune People’s Committee has mobilized benefactors for further help so that the poor can prepare for Tet, said Tran Quoc Hoi, the commune chairman.

Bui Thanh Nhon, director of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs department said they are about to made a proposal to the provincial authorities to give aid of VND9.5 trillion (US$452 million) to assist 55,000 poor households and 41,000 people under the state’s preferential treatment policy.

Ho Viet Hiep, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee in An Giang Province said that they are listing poor households to offer financial aid for Tet.

Central residents receive aid

Ho Thi Huong from Hoa Nhon Commune in Hoa Vang District in Da Nang City expressed happiness that her family would be assisted with VND500,000 for Tet.

Huong said her family suffered complete losses in the last two rice crops and have to go to other people’s employ to earn their daily bread.

Over the last several years, Da Nang City has been a leader in taking care of the poor during Tet. This year, the city has decided to spend VND20 billion (US$952,000) for this purpose.

Besides, the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has proposed to the city People’s Committee to supply the poor with 1,000 tons of rice.

Da Nang City has also aided low income people including ward and commune civil servants and good students with VND500,000-1,000,000 each.

Thua Thien-Hue Province meanwhile concentrates on children. According to Nguyen Thanh Kiem, director of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, about 5 percent of children in the province are from poor families, suffered much and need both material and spiritual assistance from the state and the community.

The department will coordinate with broadcasting and television stations to organize a music program aimed to provide   entertainment and raise funds for disadvantaged children on January 14 next year.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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