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Agreement signed to provide clean water, humanitarian programmes

Update: March, 22/2016 - 17:40
Residents get clean water in an area suffering from salt intrusion in Vĩnh Châu Town, Sóc Trăng Province.— Photo

HÀ NỘI (VNS) — The Việt Nam Red Cross (VNRC) and the Procter and Gamble Company (P&G) will work together on humanitarian programmes as part of a co-operation agreement signed today in Hà Nội.

"The agreement is an indication of our non-stop efforts to improve the quality of life of the Vietnamese people. We believe our co-operation will help more disadvantaged people overcome difficulties in their lives,” VNRC Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Xuân Thu said at the signing ceremony.

Under the framework of the agreement, VNRC and P&G will jointly execute various humanitarian programmes, including providing scholarships to poor students, supporting orphans and rolling out a clean water programme in disaster-hit areas of the country. 

The two sides will focus on P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme, which provides clean water to thousands of children and families in drought-hit areas and those suffering from salt intrusion and water shortage.

Launched in 2004, the programme aims to bring clean water to people by providing P&G Purifier of Water packets, a water purifying technology developed by P&G and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. One packet can turn 10 litres of dirty, potentially deadly, water into clean, potable water within 30 minutes.

The packets are provided on a not-for-profit basis and can be used anywhere in the world, including areas affected by natural disasters.— VNS

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