PANO - The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee on October 16th launched the Action Month for the Poor from October 17th to November 18th.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh addressing the event.

In response to the VFF’s appeal, over the past 15 years ministries, departments, organizations, individuals, businesses at home and abroad, and overseas Vietnamese have actively raised funds to help the poor and those in impoverished areas to escape poverty.

According to a report, in the first nine months of this year the campaign “Day for the poor” collected VND 572 billion, including VND 563 billion from localities and the remaining from central agencies.

The Fatherland Front at all levels spent the money to build and repair about 19,500 houses, financially assist 205,000 needy households, provide health care and treatment for 1.5 million people, present scholarships to 188,000 students, and construct over 1,200 public facilities.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh applauded the VFF’s achievements in this work, took the opportunity to thank sponsors for their good deeds for the campaign, and hoped that relevant agencies would continue their meaningful support to lift more families out of poverty.

Also at the event, organizations and businesses promised to donate VND 18 billion to the Fund for the Poor.

Translated by Van Hieu