Social Affairs

UNFPA sponsoring training session of reproductive health journalism and reporting

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with the collaborative assistance of the Vietnam's UNFPA project management board in Ben Tre and the Ben Tre's Radio and Telesivion Station, has opened a five-day training session for journalists, reporters, and freelance contributors on skills and knowledge to make news pieces and articles to transmit practical information about reproductive health to ordinary people.

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More than VND 6 billion for Fund for Poor People

So far this year, Ben Tre Province has raised a total sum of VND 6,182,896,943 and put into the Fund for Poor People. Among the above total, a sum of VND 2,435,422,643 was raised by the provincial level authorities and organizations, another sum of VND 785,178,600 was raised by the districts, and the rest VND 2,962,796,700 was raised by the communes.
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Christina Noble Children's Foundation sponsors many projects for Ben Tre children

The foundation is a world-wide non-government organization which is founded by Ms Christina Noble, a British charity worker. The organization operational aim is to give healthcare sservices and education support for children around the world, especially those with harsh difficulties in life.

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Delegation of the GMS Red Cross visits Ben Tre

On May 16,
2007, a mission of Red Cross delegation from the Greater Mekong Subregion paid a
first visit to Ben Tre province. The delegation was led by Ms Irja Sandberg, a
representative from the International Red Crescent Society (a component of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC). The
delegation includes National Red Cross representatives from Laos, Thailand, and
Cambodia.

Cuban Minister of Construction visits Ben Tre

As
part of his visit to Viet Nam, Mr Fidel Figueroa de la Paz, the Cuban Minister
of Construction, has paid a short visit to Ben Tre Province on May 12, 2007. He
was accompanied by Ms Iliana Hernández Portales, Cuban Consul General in Ho Chi
Minh City, and Mr Ngo Thinh Duc, the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of
Transportation.

HIV/AIDS fighting project sponsored by "Bread for the world" comes to an end

The project was launched a year ago. Initially, it was aimed to enhance awareness among the public about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, to provide training of handicraft techniques, to support travelling means for orphans, and to assist female paddlers on the Rach Mieu Ferry with means for their household economic development.

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German Government helps Ben Tre build 137 bridges for rural areas

Mr Trinh Van Y, Chairman of the Ben Tre's Society of Science and Technology for Roads and Bridges, has said that on April 08, 2007, his Society had signed with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development the contract of implementation for the project code-named VIE 115/5/12 (P2007.1531.8) to help construct bridges for Ben Tre province.

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Australian Government financing 40 Toilets for the poor in Chau Thanh District

The toilets, which are financed by the Australian Government, are part of a project to provide clean water and environment for rural areas in Ben Tre. The said project is taking place in Chau Thanh District, where VND128 million were reportedly sponsored by the Australian Government to build 40 septic-tank toilets to provide for poor households in Phu Duc and Quoi Thanh Communes. Each of the toilets costs VND3.2 million.

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For the first time, Ben Tre exports seedlings to Cambodian market

For the first time ever, Ben Tre's farmers export to Cambodia a fairly large quantity of seedlings including mango, longan and durian.Recently, Ben Tre's authorities have been invited to Cambodia to discuss a cooperative program which may promise even larger exportation of seedlings to the country.

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Ben Tre: VND 13.7 billion for the poverty fund

During the charity campaign "Day for the Poor" of 2005 held last month by the Ben Tre's National Front Committee, more than VND 5.5 billion of donations were contributed to the Poverty Fund. Those donations came from staffs and officials of government and private agencies, organizations, and individuals inside and outside the province.

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