11th National Congress of Vietnam Red Cross Society opens
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Congress of the Vietnam Red Cross Society. (Photo: NDO)|
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and former President Tran Duc Luong sent baskets of flowers to the congress.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended and delivered a speech at the event.
In her remarks, VRC President Bui Thi Hoa reviewed the operations of the association over the past year, saying that tens of millions of disadvantaged people received support, thousands of houses were built and millions of Tet (Lunar New Year) gifts have come to the poor.
The congress looked into Red Cross movements in the 2017-2022 period, and discussed targets and tasks for the new tenure (2022-2027).
VRC Vice President Nguyen Hai Anh pointed to obstacles to the work such as natural disasters, epidemics, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, problems in State management over humanitarian and charitable activities, and reduced international humanitarian aid.
Between 2017 and 2022, the VRC’s total funding was over 23 trillion VND (981.43 million USD), benefitting some 18.3 million underprivileged people each year.
In the 2022-2027 period, the association aims to support 1 million poor and disabled children as part of a nutrition programme for the group, along with 90,600 fishermen working on boards, and 1,300 fishing households.
It will also work to build a coordination mechanism in humanitarian activities, develop the contingent of volunteers and form a network of voluntary groups in agencies, organisations, businesses and religious organisations.
Various movements and programmes will also be rolled out in the time ahead, further benefiting poor fishermen, and poor and disadvantaged children, among others.
Party leader meets delegates to Red Cross Society’s national congress
|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (front, fourth from right) and VRC delegates at the meeting. (Photo: VNA)|
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also Honorary President of the 10th-tenure Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC), on August 29 met with 80 delegates representing nearly 500 participants in the 11th VRC National Congress for the 2022 - 2027 tenure.
Founded in 1946, the VRC is currently a professional humanitarian organisation that gathers nearly 7.2 million cadres, members, and volunteers in 11,925 grassroots branches.
Through a wide range of activities, the VRC has so far delivered both spiritual and material assistance worth over 23 trillion VND (982 million USD) to tens of millions of disadvantaged people.
Extending his greetings to the delegates, Party General Secretary Trong highly valued efforts by all-level VRC branches to perform their duties amid numerous difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to successfully organise their congresses to prepare for the national event.
He noted, for the next five years, the VRC needs to pay due attention to the apparatus and membership development, and its members should be fully aware of their responsibility to do their utmost to fulfill tasks.
Reputation is vital to the VRC, he emphasised, adding that its reputation comes from its cadres and members’ attitude, actions, self-improvement, and dedication to humanitarian activities, and from what its activities generate for poor people and society at large.
The Party leader requested the VRC further improve communications to encourage more humanitarian and charitable deeds while closely coordinating with Party and Government agencies and socio-political organisations to promote such efforts.
The success of those movements will make a substantial spiritual contribution to the building of a humane society, he added.
The 11th VRC National Congress for the 2022 - 2027 tenure is scheduled to take place in Hanoi on August 29 and 30.
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