The Viet Nam Labour Union spent more than VND3.3 trillion (US$157 million) on supporting disadvantaged children, including the disabled, in the first six months of the year. The money was used for scholarships and free medical treatments.
The union received VND17 trillion ($809 million) in charity donations from 82 enterprises and organisations across the country. It will use the money for the next three years to help ethnic minority students to continue their studies.
Lao Dong (Labour)
City encourages doctors to upgrade skills
HCM City has encouraged general hospitals to send their doctors to postgraduate programmes to update their skills, according to the city's Deputy Chairman Hua Ngoc Thuan.
The HCM City Medicine and Pharmacy University recently opened its new faculty to offer two-year master's degrees and English-language courses.
The city has also suggested that the Ministry of Health allow doctors at public hospitals to collaborate with or work at private hospitals.
Thoi bao Kinh te Sai gon (The Saigon Times Daily)
Full-moon party to be held for poor children
Nearly 500 disadvantaged children living in the poorest districts of Binh Dinh Province will take part in a gala party on Sunday to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
The children, who were selected based on their marks at school, will be offered clothes, food and mooncakes. Volunteers from local organisations have collected donations for the party.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Businesses donate stalls to Mekong vendors
More than 40 domestic enterprises in HCM City from Aug 8-14 will donate mobile stalls to remote areas located in the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta province of Bac Lieu.
The enterprises have worked with local markets to provide 300 retailers a variety of products in footwear and garment, food and electricity. They have also organised meetings to provide the sellers with sales and marketing skills.
Nguoi Lao dong (The Labourer)
Handicraft festival to open in Ha Noi
The annual handicraft festival Craft Viet 2014 will open in Ha Noi on September 11, according to the organiser Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Centre for Agricultural Trade Promotion.
Around 300 stalls displaying various objects in ceramic, wood and bamboo made by artisans from handicraft villages in Ha Noi and other provinces are participating in the five-day event.
Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review)