Taiwanese charity assists HCMC school kids

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Taiwanese Buddhist charity organization Tzu Chi gave gifts of notebooks and others to 146 students from poor families in Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Tan and District 6 Sunday.

Each child also received VND700,000 (US$33.5) in cash, a pencil case, a pair of environment-friendly steel chopsticks, and a piggy bank.

The piggy banks are to encourage the students to save as well as help other kids, the charity organization said.

Tzu Chi, meaning "compassionate relief," is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen.

It now has a presence in more than 59 countries, and its activities span charity, medicine, education, and spreading humanistic culture.

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