|Children play games and sing songs in summer. — Photo Thu Mai|
HCMCITY — The HCM City Labour Union’s annual summer camp for children of migrants opened today at Thanh Đa Resort in Bình Thạnh District.
More than 4,500 rural children aged seven to 15 are taking part in the camp, called Children of Uncle Hồ’s City. They were nominated by their schools based on their study results.
At the camp, which will end on July 21, the children are offered delicious food and games, such as kite flying, football, and city tours, organised by volunteers from the union.
They are also participating in charity and community activities.
“I often stay at home to study and do housework in the summer despite struggling hard for almost a year in school,” said 13-year-old Nguyễn Thị Thu Trang of Hóc Môn District, a member of the camp.
“My parents often work 10 hours a day in their factory. They don’t have enough time and money to spend for our entertainment,” she said.
She said she wanted to see more interesting activities at entertainment places offered at low prices or for free.
The organiser, HCM City Labour Union, has worked hard to keep the camp free.
“The importance is to provide our poor students with the good things in their life, and help them enjoy their childhood,” said Nguyễn Minh Nga, a volunteer at the camp.
“Education authorities should take the lead in encouraging organisations, schools, teachers and parents to work together to offer summer camps for students, particularly those from rural and poor families,” she said. — VNS