to dioxin victim children in Quang Tri
Annually, 100 scholarships worth 1,200,000 VND each shall be granted in September to encourage disabled children and AO (abbreviation of Agent Orange) child victims to continue to learn or be vocationally trained for their community integration.
The subjects of the FPT’s scholarship are children who are physically or mentally disabled or having slight mental illness under the age of 17, attending either normal schools or special education centers.
The annual income of the chosen families with AO child victims is under the poverty line defined by the UNDP for Vietnam.
FPT prioritizes its scholarships for families having more than one disabled child due to dioxin toxicity in Quang Tri province.
“War victims, especially the victims of AO toxin, beside the silent pain on their body, have been tortured by seeing the aftermaths of this calamity their offspring is suffering from. We do hope that with this small sponsor, dioxin child victims, who are still able to go to school or vocational training would be partly supported to enjoy a better life” said Bui Quang Ngoc, the Vice General Director of FPT Corporation.
Previously, in April 2009, FPT had provided support of 100 million Dong for VNED to carry out free heart surgery for dioxin child victims.
About VNED (Vietnam, les Enfants de la Dioxine)
VNED ( www.vned.org ) was founded in 2001 in France with the aim to help Vietnamese children who are disabled or having physical or mental malfunction due to the Agent Orange. The organization also extends its scope of support towards many poor families.
Since 2001, a variety of charity and propaganda activities have been organized by more than 200 VNED’s members for fund raising among overseas Vietnamese and French people to provide support with over 400 scholarships and foster dioxin child victims in Vietnam and to lend 5-6 million Dong to dozens of poor families without any interest repaid to improve their living earnings while providing surgery and health checks for hundreds of children.
FPT is the leading ICT group in Vietnam. Taking advantage of technological strength, FPT has developed the strategy “for e-Citizens” to offer better and better services to the public in recent and coming decades.
Social responsibility has been the prioritized concern of FPT for years. In 2005, FPT founded the Community Fund and every year a large number of charity and voluntary activities are held to actively contribute to the development of society, in which IT and education are focused, and to effectively support other fields such as for children, environmental issues and emergency aid.
About the National Fund for Vietnamese Children:
The National Fund for Vietnamese Children was founded on 4th May, 1992, and belongs to the Ministry of Labour-Invalids and Social Affairs, functioning as an organization to appeal for domestic and international sponsorship to partly realize the objectives of protection, care and education of children.
The operative aim of the Fund is to bring a better life to children with special living conditions in accordance with the Law on Child Protection, Care and Education including: disabled children, dioxin child victims, underprivileged children, homeless children and orphan children via the execution of projects such as “inter-communal Center for Functional Rehabilitation for disabled children”, “heart surgery for children”, “eye operations”, “smile operation”, “scholarships for children”, “supporting disadvantaged children” and “physical surgery”.
The program of “scholarships for children” was first carried out in 2005. By the end of 2008, the Fund had granted 27.350 scholarships to disadvantaged children, children of the invalid family, disabled children, children of minority ethnics and talented children with the total expense of approximately 5.5 billion Dong.
For Press contact:
Ms. Hoang Ngoc Quy
FPT Corporate Communications and Community Department
FPT Building, Pham Hung, My Dinh, Hanoi.
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