Social Affairs

Thanh Phu District: Many children of poor families given free heart surgery

After three years of the programme to carry out operations to cure congenital heart failure for children of poor families in the province, Ben Tre's Society for Aiding Poor Patients and Disabled People has strived greatly to raise funds and the help from many hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City.

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U.S.-based International Buddhist Institute finances eye surgery for the poor

On April 19 and 20, 2008, 58 cases
of eye surgery were carried out at the Ba Tri Hospital with the financial help
from the U.S.-based International Buddhist Institute. The surgery has helped
bring the light to poor people in the district. Besides, the International
Buddhist Institute also donated fund for the hospital to furnish 2 operating
tables and gave VND2 million to the charitable kitchen of the hospital.

Ben Tre's campaign for the poor in 2007, and new look in 2008

On March 27, 2008, the Committee of
the Campaign “Day for the Poor” and the Steering Committee of the Project to
Assist Housing construction for poor people in Ben Tre together held a
reckoning conference to have a look at what have been done and not done in
2007.

Ho Chi Minh City Television to donate "Dream Houses" to poor people in Ben Tre

In an effort to help poor people who are faced with the housing problem, the Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) has made a television programme called "Dream House". In Ben Tre, the HTV has filmed the programme in real life for later broad on the HTV7 channel.

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To 2010, Ben Tre's poverty rate below 10%, decline by 3%-4% annually

Ben Tre's People's Committee has published its plan for poverty reduction in the period 2007 to 2010, an effort to implement the Decision No 20/2007/QD-TTg on poverty reduction targets signed on February 5, 2007, by the Government Prime Minister.

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Tet gifts given to AO/Dioxin victims

On January 24, 2008, the Ben Tre Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims Society (AOVS) held a meeting with the victims and their famillies and gave gifts of Tet Mau Ty to them. All the victims and their families coming from 8 districts and township in the province were attending the meeting.

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VRE contributes to help build schools in Quoi Thanh, Chau Thanh District

On January 5, 2008, the Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims Society (AODVS) of Ben Tre Province opened an inauguration ceremony at the Quoi Thanh primary school in Chau Thanh District.
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Royal Thai Consul General visits Ben Tre and donates bicycles

On September 27, 2007, Mr Pravit Chaimongkol, the Royal Thai Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, and an entourage of Thai business people paid a visit to Ben Tre Province. He and his entourage were greeted by Dr Cao Tan Khong, Chairman of Ben Tre Province's People's Committee.
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237 Wheelchairs given to poor disabled in Ben Tre

There are 13,107 disabled, among them are 1,695 children, 6,105 unable to work for a living, and 3,839 unable to serve themselves.

More than 11,635 patients being examined and given medication for free

The Society
for Aiding Poor Patients and Disabled People said, its operations in the first
half of year has brought good results.
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