Projects for disabled praised

The top 10 programmes supporting people with disabilities in Viet Nam for the last year were announced yesterday in Ha Noi as part of the "Life is Beautiful" campaign.

Meets West Foundation, is aimed at improving support for the estimated 5.3 million people with disabilities nationwide.

The evaluation of the 50 entries was carried out by a panel of representatives of medical doctors, development workers, policymakers and people with disabilities.

The winners were from local and international non-government organisations and self-help groups working in areas of health, inclusive education, vocational training, job placement, awareness raising and capacity building as well as early detection and prevention of disabilities.

Viet Nam Television International director Bach Ngoc Chien said the campaign would continue to promote the programmes and connect needy o­nes with donors. It would also organise domestic and international events and fund-raising trips in foreign countries, accompanied by two singers as goodwill ambassadors Dam Vinh Hung and Kasim Hoang Vu.

The top 10 practices would be posted weekly o­n domestic and foreign channels of the VTV, he said.

East Meets West Foundation programme development director Nguyen Thi Minh Thu said the two-year campaign hoped to create a database of 1 million people with disabilities who needed help and a database of the top 10 programmes o­n to attract more donations and support for the campaign.

The top 10 best practices for last year were: Handicapped International, Viet Nam Veteran of America Foundation, Viet Nam Association for the Handicapped, Ha Noi Disabled People’s Organisation, East Meets West Foundation, Plan International, Children of Viet Nam, Agent Orange Victims’ Fund-Red Cross Viet Nam, Hold the Future Self-help Group, and Inclusive Development Action.


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