HCMC – The Saigon Times Foundation (STF), a non-profit organization of the Saigon Times Group, and partners handed over water purifying machines and 100 STF-Pham Phu Thu scholarships to 29 schools in Moc Hoa District in the Mekong Delta province of Long An on December 16.
Moc Hoa is a remote and one of the poorest districts in the province. It is facing a shortage of clean water due to severe drought and salinity intrusion.
Students and teachers of many schools in the district have limited access to clean drinking water. Unsafe water is one of the major factors that negatively affect the health, quality of life and development of children.
To provide the local students and teachers with better access to clean drinking water, the STF, in collaboration with the HCMC Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients and Pearl of The Far East Corporation, donated 33 water purifying machines worth a total of VND1.5 billion to 29 schools in Moc Hoa District.
The donation is expected to benefit over 5,600 local students and teachers.
The STF also granted 100 STF-Pham Phu Thu scholarships worth VND1 million each to students with disadvantaged backgrounds but outstanding academic performance, encouraging them to overcome difficulties and study harder.
The “STF-Pham Phu Thu” scholarship program was initiated by Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, chairman of GIBC; Nguyen Thanh Sang, chairman of Phuoc Thinh-Palm Garden Resort; and Nguyen Su, former Party secretary of Hoi An City, to help poor students pursue schooling.
Since it was founded in January 2017, the program has given thousands of scholarships to poor students across the country.