Month for the poor kicks off

Total amount of money all sectors contributed to Fund for the Poor is VND460 billion (US$ 20,596,215), said the Steering Board for the Poor at a meeting to review 9-month campaign for the poor in the year yesterday in Hanoi.
The steering board continued to implement peak month for the poor in 2015.
Of total amount of VND460 billion (US$ 20,596,215), VND8.8 billion (US$394,000) is the Central Fund for the Poor and VND452 billion (US$ 20,237,296) is the local funds for the poor.
The steering board has spent the amount to repair and build 14,000 new houses; lend poor 39,000 households to develop their business as well as give 651,000 needy people for medical examination and treatment; help 147,000 children from low-income families to return to schools and build 843 public works.

Till now, 18 cities and provinces have spent the amount to build charity houses to eliminate dilapidated houses of the poor.
The month will run from October 17 until November 18 to encourage organizations and individuals to contribute to the fund which will be spent to take care of the poor especially in Tet holidays (Lunar New Year).

Currently, around 1.5 million poor households need social help to escape poverty.

By Lam Nguyen – translated by Uyen Phuong

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