The General Association of overseas Vietnamese in Laos (GA) on August 19 held a meeting to celebrate the Vietnam’s National Day and the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.
At the meeting, attended by the Laotian Minister of Education Phankham Viphavan, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Ta Minh Chau and other senior Lao officials, the GA’s chairman Hoang Dieu highlighted the association’s achievements over the past year.
The GA donated VND 50 million to help flood victims from the storm Kestina, 20 million kip for the Bolikhamsay provincial Party Committee, US$1,000 for flood victims in Atopu province, US$20,000 to build schools for Vietnamese children in Laos as well as two charity houses worth US$12,000.
The association, along with the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos and the Lao Ministry of Education, has provided 14 scholarships for Vietnamese students in Laos to attend university in Vietnam and opened Vietnamese language classes for overseas children.
The GA has also worked with a number of artists to organise various kinds of performances for major celebrations and has requested the Lao state to present orders and medals to 59 overseas Vietnamese for their great services to the Lao revolution.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Chau asked the Vietnamese community to uphold their traditional unity and carry out relevant activities when celebrating their country’s major anniversaries. (VNA)