Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình (in white) gave representatives of the Central Committee of the Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union a flag, announcing the start of this summer's summer volunteer campaigns. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Hoàng Giang
Bắc KẠN Young volunteers across Việt Nam are planning to fix and build about 4,300km of roads, carry out coastal clean-ups at 400 locations and plant at least 2.5 million trees during this summer from June to August.
They also expect to deliver free health checks and medicine for 500,000 people, build 150 charity houses and open 500 playgrounds for children during the summer.
These targets were announced at the launch ceremony for the national youth summer volunteer campaigns held by the Central Committee of the Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union yesterday in the northern province of Bắc Kạn.
With the theme “Youth volunteer for community”, the campaigns include Mùa Hè Xanh (Green Summer), Hoa Phượng Đỏ (Red Phoenix Flower), Tiếp Sức Mùa Thi (assistance for candidates in the national high school graduation examination), Kỳ nghỉ hồng (Pink Vacation) and Hành quân xanh ( young soldiers join social voluntary works).
The campaigns will focus on 93 poor and near-poor districts across the country and islands like Trần Island in Quảng Ninh Province, Bạch Long Vĩ Island in Hải Phòng, Cồn Cỏ in Quảng Trị, Cù Lao Xanh Island in Bình Định, Hòn Chuối Island in Cà Mau and Thổ Chu Island in Kiên Giang.
Young volunteers will also go to disadvantaged communes and districts along the HCM National Highway and the neighbouring countries of Laos and Cambodia to volunteer.
Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình said at the ceremony that he expected the young volunteers to engage in practical, safe and effective work.
He said effective voluntary models should be applied and expanded to help address social issues including child drowning, child abuse, road safety.
After the ceremony, Bình gave presents to dozens of poor local families and bicycles to 20 poor students who have performed well in school. He also announced funding for other voluntary works that will be carried out by local youth this summer.
Participants in the ceremony placed 50 waste bins along Cầu River in Bắc Kạn City, cleaned up riverside roads and gave 1,000 helmets to local residents to promote road safety. VNS