Thanh Nien gifts warm up poor highland students

By Khanh Hoan – Quynh Nhu, Thanh Nien

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Primary students from Nghe An Province receive coats from a Thanh Nien Newspaper charity program.
Donations from two companies and Thanh Nien Newspaper readers helped deliver 1,031 coats to poor students in the north central mountainous province of Nghe An last week.

The newspaper’s regular program “Warm Coats for You” reached out to primary school students in Quy Chau and Que Phong Districts on Thursday and Friday. The students have until now had to walk kilometers to school through freezing cold in bare feet and thin shirts.

The program was supported by Ho Chi Minh City-based bird’s nest company Yen Viet and trading company Thien An.

Cao Thi Dung, the principal of a primary school where 114 students benefitted from the donations, said local ethnic minority parents are all poor and don’t even make enough to feed the family, let alone to give their children proper clothes.

Dung said her colleagues had to spend their own money buying coats for them, but they could only afford several for the poorest students.

Luong Tien Le, chairman of Hanh Dich Commune in Que Phong District, said sometimes when it dropped to 10 degrees Celsius, the children had to put on several layers of thin shirts to go to school.

“We’re concerned about them. But there’s nothing much we can do. So these gifts are very practical and meaningful,” Le said.

Thanh Nien Newspaper has teamed up with many companies to use its readers’ donations to bring such gifts and scholarships to highlands communities across the country.

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