The National Fund for Child Protection and Care has so far this year spent 10.5 billion VND out of its 15 billion VND budget on children assistance projects and programmes.
Beneficiaries included children of wounded soldiers and veterans, ethnic minority children and child victims of Agent Orange/dioxin, Director Vu Anh Dao has said.
It has used 2.2 billion VND to help disabled and AO/dioxin affected children and has built three new centres for such children in central Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, and southern Binh Dinh provinces.
Thanks to the fund's programmes, 224 children have received facial surgery while 1,492 others have undergone eye operations. In addition, 380 disabled children have received operations. Four children have been sent to the Republic of Korea to receive heart surgery.
Furthermore, the fund has assisted disadvantaged communes in building kindergartens, entertainment sites and clean water stations.
VNS - (30/08/2004)