Shutters down on orphanage without license

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An orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City has been closed down after it was found violating several regulations.


The city's Department of Labors, War Invalids and Social Affairs announced Sunday that Tien Phuoc 2 Orphanage in Binh Tan District had been operating without a license, and had failed to guarantee sanitary conditions, food safety and infrastructure for its 13 resident orphans.


The orphanage, established by Nguyen Thanh Van, had also failed to report how it used of donations of cash and goods, according to inspectors.


Binh Tan District authorities closed the center last week and sent its 13 residents to state-owned orphanages.


The inspection was conducted after local newspaper Nguoi Lao Dong exposed that Van, who has run the orphanage since 2009, used donations to buy land and real-estate.


The orphanage has received a total of over VND1.3 billion (US$66,670) in donations, including more than 15,500 euros ($20,678) from a French charity organization, it reported.


Van was also accused of neglecting the orphans, letting some sick ones die, according to the newspaper, which launched its investigations following complaints from sponsors.

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