Over 11 billion VND donated for COVID-19-impacted children
Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha speaks at the event (Photo: VNA)
The National Fund for Vietnamese Children on October 21 received more than 11 billion VND (483,727 USD) from different donors in aid of children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the donations, 10 billion VND came from the Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk), 550 million VND from Vinanutrifood, 637 million VND from AIA Vietnam Life Insurance Co. Ltd, and 100 million VND from the Foreign Ministry’s trade union.
On the occasion, Vinamilk also presented 1 million glasses of milk to disadvantaged children, to be delivered through the “Stand Tall Vietnam Milk Fund.”
At the hand-over ceremony, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha lauded the companies for their valuable assistance for disadvantaged children in many years, particularly during the pandemic.
Ha said she will direct the fund’s implementation of related support programmes to be timely, publicly, and transparently.
Children are among the hardest hit victims of the pandemic. Statistics showed that COVID-19 has made 2,352 children orphans, mostly in Ho Chi Minh City (1,584) and southern localities such as Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, and An Giang.
The fund has so far provided 7.78 billion VND (342,572 USD) to children orphaned by COVID-19 and offered aid of over 7 billion VND 308,263 USD) in cash and kind to 12,800 others affected by the pandemic./.