On January 15, 2023, The Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) organize the Lunar New Year 2023 – Year of the Cat celebration for 500 disadvantaged children affected by Covid-19 at the Youth Culture House. This is an activity of the “Care to Rise – Yêu thương Nâng bước” program to create a safe environment for Covid-19 orphans and disadvantaged children affected by the pandemic in HCMC to celebrate and enjoy the heartwarming atmosphere of the upcoming Tet holiday.

The celebration is honored to welcome distinguished guests: Ms. Phan Thi Thanh Phuong – Member of the HCMC Party Committee, Secretary of the HCMC Youth Union; Ms. Trinh Thi Hien Tran – Vice Secretary of the HCMC Youth Union, Chairwoman of the HCMC Young Pioneer Council; Mr. Don Lam – CEO and Founding partner of VinaCapital; Chairman of the Board of VinaCapital Foundation; and Mr. Rad Kivette – CEO of VinaCapital Foundation.

Lunar New Year or Tet Nguyen dan is one of the most important holidays in Vietnamese culture when families and friends gather to farewell all the bad luck and hardships of the past year and welcome a brighter and happier year to come. In the bustle and excitement of the coming Year of the Cat, the Youth Union of HCMC and VCF, together with our partners and donors, organize the Lunar New Year 2023 celebration event for 500 children of the Care to Rise program with many meaningful traditional activities, helpful gifts, and psychological support. During the event, the Care to Rise program presents 500 gift sets valued at 1,000,000 VND each, including a backpack, stationeries, milk, food, and lucky money for all the children. This event will help create happy and cheerful memories for the children, accompany them to overcome misfortune and anxiety, and encourage them to strive and become productive citizens in Vietnam.

“We feel blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate Tet holiday with our trustful partners and donors, and most importantly our beloved Care to Rise’s children. VinaCapital Foundation is working harder than ever to assure our children get comprehensive support and care until they become adults.”, states Rad Kivette, CEO of VinaCapital Foundation, “All of the health examinations, scholarships, family grants, education assistance, psychological support, and Tet holiday celebration for our Covid-19 orphans are possible thanks to the partnership with the Youth Union of HCMC and many other dedicated donors and individuals in the community. We are deeply grateful for that and commit to continue trying our best to bring a better future to the underprivileged children in Vietnam.”

VCF and HCMC Youth Union wish to thank our donors including Lam Tran Import Export Trading Co., Ltd; MoMo wallet; VITA Clinic; VinaCapital Group; GeoComply; ZaloPay wallet; Malaysia Business Chamber Vietnam, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Vietnam; Imex Pan Pacific Group; SONY Electronics Vietnam; American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam; Handong E&C; SnB Kidden World JSC; Huong Mi Production Trade Co., Ltd; Ann Restaurant; and TH Food Chain., JSC – TH Group, all the volunteers, and other partners who make this event a success.

The Care to Rise program is a joint initiative of the HCMC Youth Union and VCF to support and provide psychological treatment, free education assistance, and health care for Covid-19 orphans and disadvantaged children affected by the pandemic in HCMC. The program is divided into 3 phases with sufficient support for the children in each period of time. Phase 1 completed 1,924 detailed surveys for individual assessment. Phase 2 with remedial health, education, and nutrition assistance is being implemented in 2022. The long-term care with health and education services, Phase 3, will carry the program through adulthood for our children.

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