|Representatives of the National Fund for Vietnamese Children receives support from sponsors on January 21 (Photo: VNA)
Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, also Chairwoman of the NFVC, said the fund has raised VND5.5 trillion (US$247.5 million) over the past 25 years to support more than 33 million children with free health check-ups, medicines and heart, eye and cleft palate surgery.
In 2017, domestic and foreign organisations, individuals, enterprises and benefactors contributed more than VND210 billion (US$9.2 million) to the fund to help some 200,000 children, she added.
At the programme, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs presented certificates of merit to collectives and individuals that made significant contributions to child care and protection in 2017.
A special art programme was held as part of the event.
Since it began in 2008, the “Spring for children” programme has raised hundreds of billions of VND to assist poor children nationwide.
The same day, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh met with sponsors for the NFVC in 2017 to call for more assistance to create better lives for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Director of the fund Hoang Van Tien reported the NFVC spent over VND79 billion (US$3.5 million) supporting 106,400 children via health care, nutrition and education programmes.
In 2018, the fund aims to mobilise about VND10.5 billion (US$463,000) to support nearly 120,000 children.