|Australian Consul General Karen Lanyon (fourth from left) and DAP recipients at a ceremony to award aid grants in the 2016-17 period. — Photo courtesy of the Australian Consulate General in HCM City |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The Australian Consulate General in HCM City on Wednesday awarded Direct Aid Programme (DAP) grants worth more than VNĐ3.3 billion (around US$144,500) to 11 projects for the 2016-17 period.
The projects, based in the central and southern regions, span a range of sectors from community healthcare to small-scale infrastructure projects and water and sanitation.
The projects are based in HCM City, Đà Nẵng and the provinces of An Giang, Vĩnh Long, Đồng Tháp, Hậu Giang, Quảng Nam, Cà Mau and Khánh Hòa.
A small aid programme funded by the Australian government, DAP aims to address humanitarian hardship through funding small-scale development projects.
The Australian Consulate General in HCM City administers DAP in provinces from Đà Nẵng southward, while the Australian Embassy in Hà Nội administers DAP from Thừa Thiên-Huế Province northward.
Karen Lanyon, Australian Consul General, said “I’m so glad to see that our small-scale DAP grants are making such a difference in local communities throughout Việt Nam. This is what makes the Australian Government’s DAP programme so unique: its accessibility to local communities in need of a small amount of funding to make a big difference.” — VNS