Lieutenant General Nguyen Duc Soat speaking at the event

Briefing the association’s task performance last year, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff and Head of the association Lieutenant General Nguyen Duc Soat said that despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, the association completed all set plans in line with higher levels’ resolutions.

According to Standing Deputy President of the Association Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Khoa, in 2020 the unit continued strengthening its organization with more newly admitted members and newly formed chapters. Under the instruction of the Central Committee of the Association, its chapters have been making thorough preparations for the establishment of provincial- and municipal-level associations in an effort to raise the effectiveness of mine action activities in provinces and cities across the country.

Last year, the association hosted various activities to disseminate post-war unexploded ordnance (UXO)-related information and provide support to UXO victims in Quang Binh province under the auspices of the Vietnam Peace Foundation and businesses. Particularly, the unit presented breeding cows to 40 victims, built three houses for needy victims, visited and presented gifts to heroic Vietnamese mothers, and gave donations to help children in border areas. Ha Giang province’s Chapter donated VND 37.5 million and built a house for UXO victims. 

President of the Vietnam Peace Foundation and the association’s Deputy President Truong Ngoc Thuy reviewed that in 2020 the association handed over more than 200 houses, presented more than 500 cattle, gave 150 bicycles, and provided free health check-ups to more than 2,000 UXO victims.

In the coming time, the unit will focus on disseminating UXO-related information and mobilizing the participation of the community in mine action activities while fostering cooperation with the Vietnam Peace Foundation, sponsors, and charity organizations to provide more support to the victims. The association and its chapters will work together to provide health check-ups to needy people, UXO victims, AO/dioxin victims, those with disabilities, and policy beneficiaries in ethnic minority localities and remote areas. They will also foster supervision to ensure the effective implementation of their running programs.

Translated by Tran Hoai