Second phase of SGGP charity programme launched

Representatives from Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, the Border Guard High Command and the Vietnam Traditional Association for Truong Son Road-Ho Chi Minh Trail have signed an agreement to implement the second phase of the charity programme ‘Sentimental attachment for Truong Son Road’.

Tran The Tuyen, SGGP Editor-in-Chief (in red tie) with officials, at the signing ceremony of the second phase of the charity programme, ‘Sentimental attachment for Truong Son Road (Photo: SGGP)

Present at the signing ceremony were Lieutenant General Vo Trong Viet, Political commissar of the Vietnam Border Guard Command; Major-General Vu Hiep Binh, Deputy-Political Commissar of the Border Guard High Command; Major-General Hoang Anh Tuan, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Traditional Association for Truong Son Road – Ho Chi Minh Trail; Tran The Tuyen, SGGP Editor-in-Chief cum manager and Nguyen Duc Quang, deputy manager of the charity programme.

According to the management board of the programme, the first phase of the programme which was implemented from September 15, 2009 to September 15, 2011, cost nearly VND60 billion (US$3 million).

Until now, the programme has sponsored nearly 700 charitable houses, five clinics, two sanctuaries and offered 1,300 scholarships.

The SGGP charity programme helps war heroes, war invalids, martyrs’ families, youth volunteers and the poor ethnic people that live along the provinces on Truong Son Road. During the resistant war against US invaders, the provinces along Truong Son suffered heavy losses and lost many human lives.

Local authorities and border guards have helped SGGP to implement projects to build houses along Truong Son Road.

SGGP will implement the second phase of the charity programme   from January 2012 to December 2013, in which it aims to build 600-1,000 houses, 5-10 clinics, 5-10 bridges, 3 sanctuaries and offer 1,500 scholarships.

SGGP editor-in-chief Tuyen said that as of February, the programme has mobilised about VND60 billion ($3 million) funds and SGGP management will coordinate with local authorities to implement various projects.

Lt. General Kiet said that the border guards will coordinate with SGGP to implement projects to help the poor along Truong Son road. The programme has been highly appreciated for its social, deep political meaning and for helping the poor ethnic groups in remote lying areas.

By Ph.Thao – Translated by T.Huong

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