Thanh Nien launches program to support young fishermen

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Thanh Nien Newspaper is currently accepting donations from individuals and organizations to help fund the following program:

On Thursday, Thanh Nien newspaper launched an extensive charity program to help support Vietnam's brave coastal fishermen and their families.

The program will provide fishing and communication equipment to young fishermen and provide scholarships to their children.

The program will fund medical and educational relief missions to communities in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

With the help of donations, Thanh Nien will also provide financial assistance to injured fishermen and the families of young fishermen who have died at sea.

Fishermen, mostly young ones in the central region, have faced many difficulties, in recent years.

During each rainy season, the men face threats from natural disasters and severe weather. Some have had their boats, equipment and catches confiscated by foreign patrols that have illegally entered Vietnam's exclusive economic zone.

A number of families have been impoverished by such circumstances, forcing their children to drop out of school. Others have been forced to sell their homes and vessels to pay off their debts.

The first phase of Thanh Nien's program will target young fishermen in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa province. The program will later be expanded to include other areas.

The program's organizers also plan to hold a writing competition, themed "my father is a fisherman" for students living in fishing communities.

Funding from the program will be used to provide scholarships to diligent students born to fishermen.

Thanh Nien will also coordinate with the central Youth Union and provincial governments to grant awards to "outstanding young East Sea fishermen" and "outstanding fishing surveillance officials" in a bid to promote those who contribute to sea protection and exploitation.

On June 22, one day before the official launch of the program, HDBank donated VND1 billion (US$48,600). The funds were drawn from the bank's charity fund and donations from its employees.

"We would like to contribute to the program to reaffirm the nation's sea and island sovereignty," said Luu Van Son, a member of HDBank's Board of Directors.

Son added that the bank will offer low-interest loans to young fishermen and continue to contribute to Thanh Nien programs.

Thanh Nien Newspaper is currently accepting donations in account no. 102010000116341 at the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade's (Vietinbank) Branch No. 3 in Ho Chi Minh City, and at our editorial office and bureaus nationwide.

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