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HCM City supports poor people over Tet

Update: February, 11/2015 - 09:23
Last Sunday, a Love Spring programme was held for young people, people in need, and those with disabilities. — Photo dangcongsan

HCM CITY (VNS) — Many Tet programmes for disadvantaged people are being carried out by HCM City organisations before the start of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

The HCM City-based Viet Nam Women's Union has presented gifts to 1,058 poor women, people with disabilities, and families who have members serving as soldier in islands in the city from February 2 to 14. Many entertainment programmes also have been held.

HCM City-based Viet Nam Youth Federation yesterday presented gifts to addicts and prostitutes who are being treated and educated at the city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Binh Duc Welfare Centre, Duc Hanh Treatment Centre, Phu Van, Phu Duc, Phu Nghia education, labour, and welfare centres in Binh Phuoc Province. The organisation also presented gifts to the elderly and children at shelters and welfare centres.

According to the federation, they will also receive gifts.

Last Sunday, a Love Spring programme was held for young people, people in need, and those with disabilities.

During the programme, navigation eyeglasses equipped with a sensor created by Dr Nguyen Ba Hai, lecturer of the city University of Technology and Education and deputy chairman of Viet Nam Youth Federation, were given to visually-impaired people. A sensor system attached to the eyepiece emits sounds that allows them to recognise obstacles up to 1.2m in front of them. A total of 300 gifts were handed out to people attending the event.

Moreover, hundreds of traditional Vietnamese Banh Chung and Banh Tet (square and cylindrical glutinous rice cakes) used for Lunar Tet were presented to disadvantaged families, and homeless people.

Old warm clothes were collected during the programme to present to children and adults in northwestern provinces.

In industrial parks, entertainment programmes with gifts for provincial workers who do not return to their hometown during Tet holidays were held by the HCM Communist Youth Union.

Last Sunday, the HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy organised a campaign called Voluntary Spring to provide medicine and health examinations free to elderly people at health centres in the city's outlying district of Cu Chi's Thai My Commune. — VNS

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