Of the donations, VND10 billion came from the Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk), VND550 million from Vinanutrifood, VND637 million from AIA Vietnam Life Insurance Co. Ltd, and VND100 million from the Foreign Ministry’s trade union.
On the occasion, Vinamilk also presented 1 million glasses of milk to disadvantaged children, to be delivered through the “Stand Tall Vietnam Milk Fund.”
At the hand-over ceremony, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha lauded the companies for their valuable assistance for disadvantaged children in many years, particularly during the pandemic.
Ha said she will direct the fund’s implementation of related support programmes to be timely, publicly, and transparently.
Children are among the hardest hit victims of the pandemic. Statistics showed that COVID-19 has made 2,352 children orphans, mostly in Ho Chi Minh City (1,584) and southern localities such as Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, and An Giang.
The fund has so far provided VND7.78 billion (US$342,572) to children orphaned by COVID-19 and offered aid of over VND7 billion (US$308,263) in cash and kind to 12,800 others affected by the pandemic