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MobiFone lends the underprivileged a helping hand

By Van Ly

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As a major cell phone company in Vietnam, MobiFone always considers corporate social responsibility (CSR) as part of its business strategy. The mobile service carrier has spent big on CSR activities over the past two years to help those in need overcome difficulties and head towards a better future, let alone its special support to the community at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Building homes for the underprivileged

During a conference to promote investment in HCMC’s Hoc Mon and Cu Chi districts in April this year, MobiFone handed over 100 homes worth VND6 billion to low-income residents and armed forces of the two districts.

A MobiFone representative said the firm wanted to contribute to the betterment of living conditions for residents in the two outlying districts, and develop a smart, modern, cultural and creative eco-urban area model.

The housing support given to poor people in HCMC is a non-stop endeavor pursued by the company in recent times.

In late March, MobiFone joined hands with the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long to build homes for poor and near-poor households and award scholarships to excellent students through the “MobiFone Homes” and “Awarding thousands of scholarships — realizing millions of dreams” programs, respectively.

Accordingly, the firm supported disadvantaged households in Vinh Long by presenting six homes of gratitude valued at VND50 million each. In addition, 400 scholarships worth VND500,000 each were given to disadvantaged students in Vinh Long.

The total funding for the two programs, carried out by MobiFone Vinh Long, amounted to VND500 million. These are among multiple community activities that MobiFone has conducted annually with trillions of Vietnam dong spent.

The mobile service carrier expected the programs would help underprivileged households and students overcome difficulties and have a better future.

Giving students, residents a leg up over the pandemic

In addition to the above programs, in September last year, MobiFone organized an event in response to the “Mobile connectivity and computers for children” program launched by the Government and conducted by the Ministries of Information-Communications and Education-Training.

Participating in the program, MobiFone and other telecom firms last year donated one million computers to students of poor and near-poor households to help them learn online during the social distancing period.

Moreover, MobiFone called on its executives and employees to contribute to a program to buy 4,000 tablets for students in 2021.

MobiFone saw “Mobile connectivity and computers for children” as a humane and meaningful program, promoting equal access to knowledge among students. Thanks to the program, students’ learning activities were not disrupted while social distancing was practiced.

Besides presenting computers, MobiFone has supported students by offering the Internet access for online learning platforms launched by the Ministry of Information and Communications at no charge. In addition, MobiFone has provided four gygabytes of data per day within three months for one million poor and near-poor students receiving computers in the “Mobile connectivity and computers for children” program.

In late September last year, MobiFone coordinated with Lao Dong newspaper and the Golden Heart (Tam Long Vang) fund to give 200,000 online learning accounts worth a total VND100 billion to the Ministry of Education and Training.

The ministry would choose eligible students to award these accounts, which are integrated with the MobiEdu education service package. The activity was also part of the “Mobile connectivity and computers for children” program.

A MobiFone representative said the pandemic had disrupted the learning of many students. The firm expected these 200,000 online learning accounts will help 200,000 students have more learning opportunities.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak in Vietnam, MobiFone has launched multiple preferential service packages; provided information technology solutions to government agencies, enterprises, schools and organizations; supported pandemic-hit residents, especially those in localities practicing social distancing at the peak of the pandemic; promoted anti-pandemic measures via billions of SMS messages; and contributed VND200 billion to the Covid-19 vaccine fund. In total, the firm has donated nearly VND3 trillion to the fight against the pandemic.

In response to the “millions of welfare bags” program launched by the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, MobiFone last September presented 1,000 welfare bags valued at VND250 million to the poor through the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in HCMC.

The welfare bags were helpful amid the fourth Covid wave, during which HCMC was the largest Covid-19 hotspot.

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