Korean NGO Marks 25 Years Supporting Vinh Long Province

The Korean Society for Service in Asia (KSSA) is a Korean non-governmental organization that first came to Vietnam after the two countries normalized relations in 1992.
December 08, 2022 | 12:56
Korean NGO Marks 25 Years Supporting Vinh Long Province
Individual and collective from the Korean Society for Service in Asia were awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations. Photo: Thanh That

The Union of Friendship Organizations of Vinh Long province and the Korean Society for Service in Asia (KSSA) jointly organized a ceremony on December 6 to mark the latter’s 25-year operations in the Mekong Delta province, VNA reported.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Quyen Thanh said that KSSA is the first non-governmental organization (NGO) of the Republic of Korea (RoK) coming to Vietnam after the two countries set up diplomatic ties in 1992. It is also one of the foreign NGOs having the longest and most active operations in Vinh Long.

She lauded the contributions of KSSA projects and programmes to improving local people's life quality, especially those in remote rural areas, and to the province’s socio-economic development.

Vinh Long province hoped that KSSA will continue sponsoring humanitarian projects in the province, and acting as a bridge to call for foreign NGOs and RoK businesses to the locality.

Korean NGO Marks 25 Years Supporting Vinh Long Province
Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Quyen Thanh. Photo: Thanh That

Over the past 25 years, the Korean organization has helped build 2,000 charitable houses and 20 bridges, and construct rural roads; provided hundreds of gifts and scholarships to poor students; and called on Korean doctors to provide medical check-ups and medicine for people in remote and isolated areas, with a total funding of more than VND 50 billion (over USD 2 million).

At the same time, KSSA also cooperates with Vinh Long Union of Friendship Organizations and localities to organize many student volunteer delegations to exchange and support local charity activities, organize many delegations of officials, ministries, teachers, students come to the RoK to visit, study, and exchange. Through the organization of activities, it has contributed to tightening solidarity, friendship, enhancing mutual understanding between Vinh Long province with the Korean people, contributing to tightening the friendship and solidarity relationship between the two peoples.

At the ceremony, individuals and collective from KSSA were awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations and the President of the provincial People’s Committee.

On this occasion, it also presented 10 houses, worth VND 500 million (USD 20.900) to local poor households, and 30 bikes and 35 scholarships to poor students with good learning performances in Vinh Long.

Korean NGO Marks 25 Years Supporting Vinh Long Province
Tran Van Ut, Chairman of the Vinh Long Union of Friendship Organizations symbolically received10 houses given by the representative of KSSA. Photo: Thanh That
Korean NGO Marks 25 Years Supporting Vinh Long Province
Presenting bikes to poor students with good learning performances in Vinh Long. Photo: Thanh That
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