Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The 25th Mùa hè xanh (Green Summer) campaign, led by HCM City Việt Nam Youth Association and Việt Nam Student Association, officially began on Sunday, offering around 60,000 university and college students an opportunity to do charity work for the community and apply what they have learned at university.
The campaign, which ends on August 12, will have students repair old alleyways and build bridges in rural areas, as well as improve public playgrounds and plant trees in public areas.
The students will also build social housing, repair electricity networks for poor households, and teach English, IT and other skills to around 20,000 young people.
In addition, they will clean polluted canals, pick up rubbish on streets, and take down unauthorised posters.
Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, HCM City Party Committee Secretary, said the participating students would contribute to raising awareness about the damaging effects of litter in canals and sewage drains.
“Young people are known for their good health, education, creativity, passion and desire to dream big,” he said. “Allowing youth to make full use of their strongest qualities are crucial for the development of the city.”
“The campaign is meaningful as it helps us students develop a sense of compassion and selflessness for the unfortunate,” said Lữ Kim Ngân, a university student.
Joining the Vietnamese students are 53 Malaysian volunteers from the Malaysia’s Students Volunteer Foundation, an organisation that helps students take part in volunteer campaigns throughout ASEAN.
Muhammad Izzat, a Malaysian student, said the students were looking forward to doing charity work with their Vietnamese counterparts to promote the spirit of youth and volunteering. — VNS