The Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program Friday gave away scholarships to hundreds of disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City and donated school facilities totally worth over US$25,000.
The charity provided 121 scholarships of VND500,000 ($24) each and 400 school bags and other study aids worth VND80,000 each to poor students at the Vo Van Thang Primary School in the suburban district of Hoc Mon.
This is an annual program that began in 1997.
LVAP also gave two students a full-year scholarship worth VND6 million each, which was donated by Saudi Arabian company SABIC, and 20 scholarships of VND90,000 each to children at the nearby Son Ca Kindergarten.
Later on Friday the charity gave 98 scholarships of VND2 million each to students from the Nguyen Dinh Chieu Special School for the Blind and 11 others worth a total VND17 million to visually impaired students who passed the recent university entrance exams.
Earlier, on Monday, the Loreto Program provided 97 scholarships of VND2 million each to disabled children at Binh Minh (Sunrise) Special School in the city's Tan Phu District.
A parent said: "The help and care from Loreto over the past few years has been a great motivation for us to overcome difficulties to take care of our kids. We promise to try not to let our children drop out of school."
The Loreto Program's CEO, Trish Franklin, said: "Many sponsors in Vietnam and abroad have golden hearts.
"They always care for and help disadvantaged kids in Vietnam as well as share the difficulties of the poor families with disabled kids.
"However, such sponsors do not know where to begin. It is fortunate and a pride for the Loreto Program to be in Saigon.
She said Vo Van Thang Primary School was the school she loved best because it was the first project for the Loreto Program.
It has been standing by the school for 15 years and she has seen generations of kids grow up and go to university.