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HA NOI (VNS) — The same day, President Sang hailed the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VRCS) for helping underprivileged sections of the society with over VND1.5 trillion (US$731,000) helping nearly 12,800 people improve their living standards in the first half of the year.
The President, who is the Honorary Chairman of the VRCS, also acknowledged the contributions of philanthropists at home and abroad.
Addressing a working session in Ha Noi to review the society's six-month performance and set tasks for the remaining months of the year, he expressed hope that the VRCS will continue its good work and reach its goals.
Nguyen Hai Duong, President of the VRCS Central Committee, informed the working session that 1.7 million poor households and Agent Orange (AO) victims have received relief worth VND635 billion ($30.2 million) in the first half of the year.
He also said that more than 3,000 cows valued at around VND33 billion ($157,000) were given to farmers in poor and mountainous districts as a means to augment their incomes.
In 11 northern border provinces, 24,000 cows were bought with funds raised from subscribers to Viettel telecom services and given to farming households in need.
Duong said that the VRCS will continue its work with farmers, AO victims and other disadvantaged sections of the society. It will also continue humanitarian activities like blood donation camps and provision of free medical treatment, he added. — VNS