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UNICEF crew visit AO kids in Da Nang

Update: February, 26/2016 - 16:55
The crew of a UNICEF boat join a singing and dancing activity with children at the No 3 rehabilitation centre for Agent Orange (AO) victims. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh

DA NANG (VNS) — The crew of a UNICEF boat paid a visit to the No 3 rehabilitation centre for Agent Orange (AO) victims in Hoa Nhon Commune in Hoa Vang District on Wednesday.

The crew and representatives from UNICEF in Viet Nam presented gifts to the AO-affected children while visiting the vocational training centre and the most serious cases.

The centre, which is under the management of Da Nang City's Association for the Victims of Agent Orange (DAVA), is home to 90 AO-affected children.

As scheduled, 60 children from the centre would visit the UNICEF yacht docked at the Han River port, where the team made a 10-day stop-over after finishing 10th in the 7th leg of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race the next day.

The challenging 28-day race required the team to travel 4,130 miles from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays, Australia, to Da Nang.

The crew raised 300,000 pounds (US$420,000) during the race to help poor and underprivileged

UNICEF works with the government of Viet Nam, and in particular the ministries of labour, invalids and social affairs; health; and education and training, to improve the services offered to children with disabilities and build on the model of Da Nang to scale it up nationwide.

Da Nang is home to more than 5,000 AO victims, of which 1,400 are children. — VNS

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