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  Poverty Alleviation

Central communes get rid of poverty

The central province of Thua Thien Hue has asked the Government to withdraw the two mountainous communes of Huong Son and Huong Phu (Nam Dong District) from the national poverty reduction programme due to improvements in the living conditions in these communes.

Asphalt roads have been built to all hamlets in the two communes in the last five years, and the two communes have built nine irrigation projects and 1,689 km of canals.

Brick schools and medical stations have been built, and all children from 6-10 years old in the two communes have access to primary school education.

More than 90 per cent of households in the two communes have access to the national electric grid. Huong Phu Commune provides 95 per cent of its households with clean water, and Huong Son Commune, 70 per cent.

The local people’s income averages VND10-15 million per household per year, with some households earning as much as VND70-100 million per year. The poverty rate in Huong Phu has been reduced to 7 per cent, and Huong Son, 11 per cent.

Huong Phu now has 2,843 residents, including 82 Ca Tu ethnic minorities. Huong Son has nearly 1,200 residents, all of whom are Ca Tu.

VNS - (27/10/2004)

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