The Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program (LVAP) donated notebooks and pens to over 1,600 kids at seven primary schools in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 7 and 8).
The gifts, with each pack worth VND70,000 (US$3.36), were meant to support and encourage young students, especially underprivileged ones, at the beginning of the new school year, which began on Monday September 5.
The kids are first and second graders at Le Hoan Primary School in Go Vap District; Nguyen Van The Primary School in District 12; Vo Van Thang Primary School in Hoc Mon District; and Tan Phu, Tan Phu Trung, Nguyen Van Lich and An Nhon Dong primary schools in Cu Chi District.
In the first nine months of this year, the non-profit organization has contributed over VND1.3 billion in educational gifts to Vietnamese schools and students.
The gifts include 63 bikes awarded to kids in Phuoc Loc and Long Thoi communes in Ho Chi Minh City's suburban district of Nha Be.
LVAP CEO Trish Franklin said that LVAP, with support from sponsors in Vietnam and abroad, wants to give poor children and their families something that gives them comfort and ease.