LAI CHÂU The remote mountainous border areas in the northern province of Lai Châu have a high rate of poor households.
In recent years, border soldiers and officials in the province have implemented an economic development model: “Four Togethers – Eat Together, Live Together, Work Together and Speak the Local Ethnic Language Together.”
The model aims to improve local life, eradicate hunger and alleviate poverty through practical projects such as breeding cows.
In their familiar green uniforms, the Vietnamese soldiers have also helped many disadvantaged children in the area to overcome their plight and pursue their studies, as well as organising activities to raise awareness of protecting national sovereignty among ethnic minorities. — VNS
Border soldiers educate children about the importance of border markers in Hùng Pèng Village, Ma Ly Pho Commune, Phong Thổ District, Lai Châu Province. — VNA/VNS Photos Việt Hoang
A soldier in his green uniform cuts a child's hair in Phong Thổ District
Orphans Vàng Lò Hừ and Ky Hừ Đư have been adopted by border soldiers in Mường Tè District
Border soldiers instruct ethnic people in Lai Châu Province how to raise cattle.
Border soldiers show La Hủ ethnic people in Pa Ủ Commune in Mường Tè District rice planting techniques.