Thirty-six members of the Ha Noi chapter of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union began their voluntary activities in Vientiane, Laos yesterday.
This is the first time the Ha Noi chapter has sent members to Laos for volunteer service.
For one week, the group, including agricultural experts and young doctors and nurses, will travel to Hat Xai Phong district, Vientiane, to provide free medical check-ups, medicine and farming guidance for 1,000 people, present gifts to poor families, teach Vietnamese and share their experiences in youth mission development.
They will also hand over 13 computers and 100 DVDs to local youth union chapters.
Hundreds of young people from HCM City are also taking taken part in this summer's voluntary campaign in Laos from July 16 to 26.
Vietnamese youths will donate six houses and provide free medical check-ups and medicine to 6,000 Lao residents.
They will also present gifts to 700 poor households and 10,000 books to children, as well as 30 computers to Attapeu and Champassak provinces and to Vientiane.
The campaign, which aims to increase friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and Laos, also teaches residents about agricultural techniques, computers, and safety guidelines in using electricity.
Total expenditure for the campaign was VND200 million (US$10,000), donated by the Sai Gon Investment Group (SGI). — VNS