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Around 5,000 walk for the poor

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

World Vision presents a kindergarten school for poor children

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 12:19 am

More people from poor areas to work in foreign countries

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Joined forces help the poor

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Joined forces help the poor

QĐND – Saturday, October 23, 2010, 23:12 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee launched a “Month for the poor” on October 14. Millions of poor people across the country have been assisted by the group’s Fund for the Poor.

A VOV reporter interviewed Ms Ha Thi Lien, Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee. 

VOV: Could you please tell us about the Fund for the Poor? 

Ha Thi Lien: Over the last 10 years, the Fund has received VND5,120 billion from donations and the Government assistance. More than 1 million houses for the poor were built or repaired by this fund. It also provided poor people with production materials, disadvantages pupils with books and the poor patients with fees.  

Groups and individuals nationwide have donated thousands of billions of VND for social security programmes and other activities to help the poor and victims of natural disasters.

VOV: Who ragulates the Fund? 

Ha Thi Lien: The foundation of funds for charity is regulated by Decree 148 of the Government. Since the Fund was founded, we annually report its operation publicly. All the assistance is proved to go to real recipients. 

VOV: How is the money delivered to the poor? 

Ha Thi Lien: Along with members of local Fatherland Front Central Committees, the staffs of relevant ministries, departments and organisations nationwide are involved in the campaign. They help to match assistance to the appropriate targets. They are responsible for the Fund in their localities. 

Various programmes are often launches by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee in the closing months of the year, such as “Joining hands for the poor” from December 25-30, which receive strong support from businesses.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Poor planning affects all

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Poor planning affects all

QĐND – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 19:54 (GMT+7)

Inconsistency in production planning and irrational benefit sharing have recently led to disorders in the sale of agricultural products.

Competition for buying sugarcane began this October in the Mekong Delta and central Vietnam where there is a high concentration of the crop, and it has pushed the price of sugarcane up to more than VND1 million per tonne. It is expected to be fiercer in the future.

Businesses that were able to obtain sugarcane under such competition had to pay a very high price. Those that failed to do so had to either shut down production or to keep it at a low level.

However, farmers still suffer the most. Not long ago, quite a few farming households had to cut down or burn their sugarcane fields because the selling price fell too low – to the extent that they could not even afford to hire people for harvesting. Meanwhile, there was too much sugarcane so traders did not buy any more.

This state of both excess and shortage has also occurred repeatedly with many other Vietnamese farm products. Recently, it was difficult for traders to purchase rice from farmers to supply exporters in time so that they could fulfil their contracts. But a short time later, there was an oversupply of rice, which meant farmers could barely find buyers for their rice.

The same applies to tra fish in the Mekong Delta. There were times when businesses took turns raising their buying prices in order to get enough tra fish for processing but the next crop of tra fish immediately faced a sad fate when they were packed in small ponds and could swim nowhere because enterprises no longer wanted them. The farmers then could only manage to sell some at cheap prices, which sometimes didn’t even cover the costs to raise them.

This problem is attributed to inconsistency in production planning. For instance, rice variety IR 50404 proved not to meet the world market’s demand and sold badly but farmers still continued to invest in planting it because they found it difficult to purchase better varieties of rice.

When sugarcane growers face an excess of sugarcane, many of them immediately moved to plant other crops that seemed to be profitable at the time, resulting in an abrupt drop in the acreage and output of sugarcane for the next crop and a sudden surge in sugarcane prices, creating instability on the market and directly affecting consumers’ lives. When the prices of sugarcane soared, people once again rushed to grow it.

Another cause behind this imbalance is the unequal allocation of benefits between parties in the line of agricultural production. According to the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute, tra fish farmers receive only 19.4 percent of the total profits from their fish, while the corresponding figures for traders and processing companies are 2.1 percent and 78.5 percent respectively.

In this relationship, the farmers seem to have more disadvantages and depend greatly on the prices offered by the buyers and their workflows.

When prices are high, farmers tend to hoard their products and cause problems for enterprises that need materials for processing and can lose contracts due to delays in delivering goods on schedule. This is often seen in such commodities as rice, fish, shrimp, sugarcane, and coffee among others.

As one solution, the government has introduced policies to encourage businesses to buy farmers’ products through contracts.

However, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reports that only five out of 15 sugarcane factories in southern provinces had contracts to buy sugarcane from farmers on a long-term basis.

The government also has other measures to assist farmers but many of them have not been implemented seriously.

Professor Vo Tong Xuan said that government support packages will play an important role in reducing the risks of agricultural investment, facilitating land accumulation, and boosting technology transfers. Based on this, he said, businesses could invest more to help farmers produce high-quality products for export, thus creating a sustainable bond between businesses and farmers.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Action Month for the Poor 2010 launched

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Action Month for the Poor 2010 launched

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee has launched the “Day for the Poor” Campaign, as part of the Action Month for the Poor to mark the day Uncle Ho proclaimed an appeal for help to the poor (October 17th, 1946).

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Huynh Dam, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, on behalf of the Committee, expressed his deep gratitude to organizations, individuals, benefactors, overseas Vietnamese and international friends for their good deeds and support for the campaign over the past years.

It is the tenth year the “Day for the Poor” has been launched by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee.

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

About VND10 billion raised for the poor

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:50 am

About VND10 billion raised for the poor

QĐND – Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

About VND10 billion was raised for the poor by outstanding enterprises who received the Thang Long Cup on October 12 in Hanoi.

Fifty enterprises were awarded Thang Long Cup, plus 27 individuals received certificates as outstanding entrepreneur in 2010 at a in the ceremony for Vietnam Business Day (October 13) held by the Hanoi People’s Committee and Hanoi Fatherland Front Committee.

Also at the ceremony, 27 businesses were honoured for their contribution to the campaign “for the poor”.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Poor students enjoy free schooling

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Poor students enjoy free schooling

QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – Poor students in Ho Chi Minh City will not have to pay any fees when they go to school.

The information was released as 900,000 students, from primary level up, in Ho Chi Minh City went to school yesterday when the new school year started.

Accordingly, students from poor families (the average income of under VND 10 million per person a year) will be exempted from all the school fees, including studying fee and infrastructure fee.

Students from near-poor families (the average income is from VND 10 million to VND 12 million per person a year) will have to pay 50% of all the fees.

Earlier, the government issued decree 49/2010 on school fee reduction and exemption. However, the circular to instruct the implementation of the decree has not been issued so that the city can not finalise its plan on school fees.

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Youth joins hand in assisting poor communes

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Youth joins hand in assisting poor communes

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

PANO – More than 200 youth union members from the Tuyen Quang Health School have carried out various activities to support the poor people found in the communes of Dong Loi and Binh Nhan, Tuyen Quang province.

They offered healthcare check-ups and medicines for free for more than 1,700 local people.

Furthermore, they volunteered to help the local citizens fix the roads, dredge irrigation canals and improve the volleyball and badminton courses.

Nearly 3,000 leaflets instructing people about food safety, practice birth-control, ensure the nutrition of children under 6 years of age, as well as how to prevent bird-flu infections were also handed over to the local people.

In addition, local children were taught songs and dances, along with enjoying screened films.

Also on this occasion, the youth union members donated nearly 200 units of blood.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Over 1,000 scholarships granted to poor children

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Over 1,000 scholarships granted to poor children

QĐND – Friday, August 06, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Children Sponsor Fund (VCSF) and Bao Viet Life Insurance Corporation (BVL) signed an agreement to grant over 1,000 “Bao Viet – Education Welfare” scholarships worth 900 million VND to disadvantaged children with good study results on August 5 in Hanoi.

In 2010, BVL raised the value of each scholarship to 700,000 VND from 500,000 VND. Since 2005, VCSF and BVL have helped about 6,000 outstanding students nationwide with nearly five billion VND in scholarship.

Starting 1994, VCSF has donated about 2,500 scholarships each worth 500,000 VND per pear.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan expressed belief that VCSF and BVL will continue to help poor children in their study.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND