|A rural bridge was built by the HCM City Red Cross in Tra Vinh Province. — Photo chuthapdotphcm.org.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Students no longer have to go to school by boat in some rural areas in the Mekong Delta after 39 bridges were built from funds donated by the HCM City Charity Women's Association.
A representative of the Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Ca Mau Province, which is a beneficiary of the Charity Women Association's bridge building programme, said that 17 of the bridges were built within the last five years.
They have helped residents travel and transport agricultural products more easily.
Several students who had travelled to school by boat died from drowning.
The bridges have also helped the development of rural roads, according to the Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin.
The Charity Women's Association has also donated a charity house and hundreds of gifts to victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin.
In addition to Ca Mau Province, rural areas in other provinces of Vinh Long, Long An, Dong Thap, Ben Tre and An Giang benefit from the bridge building programme.
The Charity Women's Association has carried out many programmes such as loans, scholarships and vocational training, social relief and another for children.
In the last five years, it has raised funds of more than VND14 billion (US$622,200) for a social relief programme. Nutritious meals for the elderly living in the city's outlying districts were offered. — VNS