Participants at the meeting. (Image: cpv.org.vn)
This information was released on December 13 at the fourth meeting of the association’s executive board in Hanoi to review its activities over the past year and map out new orientations and plans for the coming year.
In 2011, the fund was used to provide 487 vocational scholarships for AO victims and help build and repair houses for 300 families of AO victims.
VAVA also established three health care and rehabilitation centres for AO victims in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, upgraded a detoxification centre in the northern province of Thai Binh, and developed boarding houses in eight other localities.
The association successfully organised many activities and programmes to support AO victims across the country including marking the 50th anniversary of the first time AO was sprayed over Vietnam, the national action month for AO victims, and other fund-raising activities.
In 2012, the association will continue to promote the effective operation of association, improve polices for AO victims, and mobilise more funds and support for the victims, particularly in their struggle to exercise their legitimate rights for justice.