|Vietnam Television Cable Corporation and Quy Tam Long Viet (Viet Heart Funds) yesterday signed an agreement to build 1,000 homes for the poor, with investment capital up to VNĐ50 billion (nearly US$2,2 million). — VNS Photo Kim Thuy
HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnam Television Cable Corporation and Quy Tam Long Viet (Viet Heart Funds) yesterday signed an agreement to build 1,000 homes for poor people throughout the country.
The project has investment capital of up to VNĐ50 billion (nearly US$2,2 million) for the 2015-2020 period.
Each house will be estimated to be worth VNĐ30 million. The invested money will be used to only purchase materials, while soldiers, residents, authorised agencies and social organisations in each province will be mobilised to contribute the necessary resources to build the houses.
"Soldiers will serve as builders to reduce the cost. We consider this a responsibility of a soldier, that is, to help our people whenever they need it," Colonel Pham Van Trung, a representative from the ministry of national defence, said.
Additionally, self-supporting elderly and orphans will receive a VND10 million ($445) deposit book, said Ta Son Dong, head of the project management board said.
The project is aimed at providing poor people with safe houses, while helping self-supporting elderly and orphans to have better lives.
"We hope that the elderly poor would enjoy their lives in a safe house and orphans have a better chance to continue their studies," Dong said.
Vu Minh Duc, a representative from the ministry of education and training said that he highly appreciated the efforts of Vietnam Television Cable Corporation and Viet Heart Funds in the fight against poverty.
"In mountainous and border communes, many teachers and poor children do not even have enough water for daily needs. They usually bathe only once a week. Therefore, the programme bears deep significance. I hope that there will be more meaningful and humanitarian programmes like this to help the poor", Duc said.
Ta Son Dong, head of the prọject management board, said that he hoped that the project would receive more support from enterprises and social organisations.
"For me, the success of a company not only lies in the profits it makes, but also its contributions to society," Dong said.
The programme was launched in September this year and, up to now, 26 houses have been built. — VNS