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National children's fund sets $3.5m fund-raising target

Update: March, 25/2015 - 08:09
Vice president Nguyen Thi Doan, also chairwoman of the National Fund for Vietnamese Children presents gifts to children on Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Long

HA NOI (VNS) — The National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) plans to raise VND75 billion (US$3.5 million) this year from domestic and international resources for programmes to care for children and provide education assistance.

The target was decided during a NFVC Sponsorship Council meeting in Ha Noi yesterday chaired by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, who is also chair of the council.

According to an NFVC report, the fund mobilised a total of VND97 billion ($4.55 million) in 2014, exceeding its annual target by 26 per cent.

Its support activities benefited more than 86,800 disadvantaged children across 63 cities and provinces nationwide.

To operate the fund effectively, the Vice President proposed improved activity capacity, strengthened supervision, and close collaboration with locals.

She suggested that the fund focus on building more boarding schools for ethnic children and playgrounds.

Since its establishment, the NFVC has mobilised more than VND4 trillion ($186 million) and aided 28 million children. — VNS

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