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Young volunteers work in 79 disadvantaged northern communes

During the more than two months of the 2005 summer voluntary campaign, 8,283 young people helped people in 79 disadvantaged communes in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau.

The young volunteers restored 20 km of inter-village roads, removed 150m3 of soil left by landslides, and dredged many canals serving daily activities and agriculture.

They also spent a total of 56,879 working days doing sanitation work in schools and medical stations in many villages. The young people also made a playground for toddlers.

57 doctors and nurses were divided into four groups which gave free medical care and supplied people with medicine.

During the two months, gifts worth 23.5 million VND were presented to families of fallen soldiers and war invalids. In addition, three houses were built and 43 houses were restored.

Also, a cultural house for children in the province was built at a cost of 150 million VND. 30 tonnes of clothes, books as well as school aids were given to school children in the province.

Meanwhile, in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, 3.176 young people from 23 schools built 101 houses, 6 bridges. They also held 2,978 classes for tens of thousands of children and provided 132 million VND worth pf medicine for locals.

Among these young volunteers were 22 Koreans, 13 Americans and nearly 1,000 provincial soldiers.

Nhan Dan - (15/09/2005)

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