Text messsages will help 1,000 poor families

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A text-message based charity prog-ramme supporting the nation's poor would be launched at the beginning of next year, said Chairman of the Viet Nam Red Cross Tran Ngoc Tang at a press conference yesterday.

HA NOI —

"The 12-month prog-ramme aims to mobilise community financial support to buy and donate 1,000 cows to the 1,000 poorest households in the 62 most disadvantaged districts of Viet Nam," said Tang.

The SMS programme comes as part of a larger effort in Viet Nam to implement Government Resolution 30A, which targets fast and sustainable reduction in the number of poor households in the country in 2011, added Tang.

The programme, known as joint effort for people living in poor districts, will be run by the Viet Nam Red Cross, the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Viet Nam Television Corporation.

People can support the programme by texting UH to 1409 – the National Humanitarian E-Information Gate. SMS cost 18,000 VND (US$0.9) to send.

The Viet Nam Red Cross also used yes-terday's press conference to report that they had raised more than $1 million in October and November through a similar programme for victims of floods that hit central provinces this year.

The money provided 418 tonnes of rice and 1,200 cows to stricken areas. It also funded the construction of 110 houses, and 120 scholarships for flood victims.

Viet Nam plans to reduce the poverty rate for the country's 62 poorest districts from the 2009 rate of 43 per cent to less than 40 per cent of population by end of this year.

The figures for these districts should match the national average by 2020. — VNS

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