Save the Children brings poor river community kids life jackets

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Save the Children and the Prudence Foundation presented VND590 million (US$26,800) worth of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) equipment to communities and schools in Dong Thap Province on Saturday.

The two NGOs cooperated with the Mekong Delta province's Education & Training Department to deliver the package to communities and schools in the districts of Hong Ngu and Tan Hong.

The package includes two inflatable swimming pools, 55 loudspeakers, 35 first aid kits, 500 floating school bags, 180 water wings for school children and 150 life vests.

The "Disaster Risk Reduction in Vietnam" project, funded by the pan-Asian Prudence Foundation, operates in coordination with local government bodies (such as the Departments of Education & Training, provincial and communal Centres for Flood and Storm Control (CFSC), People's Committees, etc.) and focuses mainly on raising awareness of disaster risk reduction and the negative impacts of climate change.

The objective is to strengthen the capacity of 3,500 vulnerable children and 14,000 community members in disaster risk preparedness by providing equipment and small-scale facilities to reduce disaster risks. The total value of the project is USD197,000.

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