John McAnulty from the Australian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City visited various projects funded by the Australian government to improve lives in poor Mekong Delta villages earlier this week.
Between March 13-15, the consul general visited Vinh Long, An Giang and Can Tho, where three direct aid projects worth VND730 million (US$35,000) have built houses for human trafficking survivors and provided bathrooms, water jars and latrines for disadvantaged households.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP), with funds disbursed by the Australian Consulate, has received $153,000 in new funding this year. The money has been providing assistance in a range of fields, including community health, education and small-scale infrastructure projects.
"DAP is an impressive example of the cooperation that can develop from the strong people to people links that exist between Vietnam and Australia. This annual program strengthens Australia's commitment to partner with Vietnam for development purposes," McAnulty said in a consulate press release.
The goal of the DAP is to address humanitarian hardship and assist low income communities through funding small-scale development projects, the release said.