|Australian Ambassador Hugh Borrowman with children at a kindergarten in Dien Bien province that received support from the Direct Aid Programme. — Photo courtesy of Australian embassy
HA NOI — Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Hugh Borrowman on Friday announced funding of AUD$230,000 (US$180,000) for 13 community development projects in northern Viet Nam.
The funds were provided through the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program (DAP).
"DAP is an important program that allows us to assist the neediest communities," said Borrowman.
"This year we are supporting communities in upgrading a health clinic in Thanh Hoa, building a new classroom in Thai Binh and providing training on environmental protection and waste management in Ninh Binh."
The grants are being provided to local People's Committees, Women's Unions or other local level government or community groups in 11 provinces across northern Viet Nam.
Projects span a variety of sectors, including health care, education, environmental protection, agricultural development and livelihood support.
The Australian embassy has provided more than 150 DAP grants to community projects in northern Viet Nam during the last 13 years. — VNS