Ground-breaking ceremony for communal house for Vietnamese-Cambodians

The Consulate General of Vietnam in Preah Sihanouk province and authorities in Kampot city raised about USD 250,000 to support the construction of the communal house and the holding of Vietnamese-Khmer language classes.
January 29, 2021 | 07:50
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Ground breaking ceremony for communal house for Vietnamese-Cambodians
Disadvantaged people receive assistance at the event. Photo: VNA

A ground-breaking ceremony for a communal house for Vietnamese-Cambodian people was held in Cambodia’s Kampot city on January 27, reported VNA.

The house will be built on an area of 750 sq m, which was acquired in 2014 with assistance from Vietnam’s Kien Giang province in the Mekong Delta.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the Khmer-Vietnamese Association in Kampot Chuon Seiha said that since its establishment in 2003, the association has worked to bolster solidarity among Vietnamese-Cambodians and link with other organisations. Construction is to be completed in April, he added.

For his part, Vietnamese Consul General in Preah Sihanouk Vu Ngoc Ly spoke highly of the efforts of Vietnamese-Cambodian people in Kampot and Cambodia at large in surmounting the difficulties and challenges in 2020.

He noted that the building of the communal house will help ease the burden on local people and strengthen their bonds, thereby affirming their position in the country.

On the same day, the Vietnamese General Consulate in Preah Sihanouk presented 50 gift sets of 15 kg of rice each to disadvantaged families in Kampot, to help them enjoy the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Hundreds of Vietnamese-Cambodians have joined Vietnamese-Khmer language classes arranged by Kampot authorities since 2008.

Ground breaking ceremony for communal house for Vietnamese-Cambodians
At the classroom. Photo: VNA

Earlier, a Khmer language course for Cambodians of the Vietnamese origin opened in Preah Sihanouk on January 25.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Consul General Vu Ngoc Ly said the course aims to offer necessary support to overseas Vietnamese to gain Cambodian citizenship, thus making positive contributions to Cambodia as well as bilateral ties.

The course will last three months, from Monday to Friday every week.

Together with a similar course that opened on December 30 in Kampot province, the class is a pilot model in areas that the Vietnamese Consulate General takes charge of, including Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong, Kampong Speu and Takeo. If successful, the model will be spread in the Vietnamese community in the southwest of Cambodia and across the country.

Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Khmer – Vietnam Association Sok Chea expressed his hope that philanthropists will join hands to continue holding more courses.

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