The total number of underprivileged children in different regions of Vietnam is as follows: 1,000 children in Ho Chi Minh City, 200 students in Long An Province located in the Mekong Delta region, and 200 others in An Giang Province, which is also situated in the delta.
During the program, the participants not only received gifts and scholarships for their new academic year, but also had the opportunity to partake in the joyful festivities of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also referred to as the ‘Children’s Festival,’ is celebrated annually on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. In 2022, it will occur on Friday, September 29th.
Phan Van Mai, the chairman of Ho Chi Minh City, emphasized the significance of the ‘Golden Landmark’ program during his speech at the event. He emphasized that this initiative has been successful in fostering a sense of unity and connection among both Vietnamese and Canadian residents residing in Ho Chi Minh City.
In addition, the community-driven program has positively impacted 1,400 underprivileged children.
Chairman Mai expressed his belief in the importance of nurturing the younger generation, who play a significant role in shaping the future of Vietnam-Canada relations. He emphasized that investing in the well-being and development of these young individuals is crucial to fostering stronger bilateral ties in the coming years.
Behzad Babakhani, the Canadian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, emphasized the importance of academic dedication and positive associations in securing a prosperous future for children.
He shared with the children who were participating his story of perseverance and hard work during his own childhood.
In order to sustain himself, he took on several jobs, including waiting tables, washing dishes, and driving. During this time, he had not been able to see his parents for a decade.
He expressed that he gained a significant amount of knowledge and attributed his improvement to the support and assistance provided by his friends.
He strongly advocates for the pursuit of education and urges young individuals to diligently apply themselves to achieve a prosperous future.
|Scholarships are awarded to 50 excellent Vietnamese and Canadian students. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre|
|Ho Chi Minh City Chairman Phan Van Mai (R) gives flowers to Canadian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Behzad Babakhani. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre|
On this occasion, the Ho Chi Minh City administration organized an inauguration ceremony for the Inukshuk, which was generously presented by the Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, located in District 1, proudly showcases an Inukshuk – a remarkable arrangement of stones stacked atop one another. This unique structure serves as a poignant symbol of the enduring friendship between Canada, Ho Chi Minh City, and Vietnam as a whole.
|Inukshuk, a structure made of stones piled on top of each other, is placed at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
The “Golden Landmark” program was jointly organized by the Canada – Vietnam Friendship Association, the Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations, the charity group “Sharing” led by Mai Thi Hanh, spouse of former State President Truong Tan Sang, and Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
According to the Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam is the largest trade partner for Canada in Southeast Asia. Furthermore, Canadian investors have significantly increased their investments in the country in recent years.
The two nations are aiming to achieve a bilateral trade volume of US$10 billion in the near future.