The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee on October 14 launched the Action Month for the Poor.
The month will begin from October 17 to mark the day Uncle Ho proclaimed an appeal for help to the poor (October 17th, 1946).
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Huynh Dam, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee called on ministries, departments, organisations, individuals, businesses at home and abroad and Overseas Vietnamese to contribute to the ‘Fund for the Poor’ and support social welfare programmes, to help the poor and those living in disadvantaged areas to escape poverty.
Addressing the launch ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai expressed thanks to the Fatherland Front for joining the Party and State in the process of poverty reduction, which contributed to helping the country to fulfill the UN millennium development goals.
He also thanked organisations, individuals, benefactors, Overseas Vietnamese and international friends for their good deeds and support for the campaign in past years.
Since 2000, the National Fund for the Poor has collected nearly VND 5.7 trillion (nearly US$271 million). More than 1 million houses were built for poor households across the country, along with thousands of projects and social welfare programmes, totalling VND 9 trillion (US$428 million).
At the ceremony, 14 businesses pledged to contribute VND 1.7 trillion (US$81 million) to the fund.