Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Korean association’s 32 billion set to help the poor

By:  Vientiane Times, July 7, 2018

The Sharing Culture Arts Association of Korea has provided clothes, shoes, desks and chairs to benefit the poor to the Lao government worth over 32 billion kip (US$3,894,720).

Korean association’s 32 billion set to help the poor

It will also aim to assist in alleviation efforts for disaster victim and disadvantaged people in rural areas.

A handover ceremony took place Danxang village, Xaythany district, Vientiane on Thursday evening, between President of the Sharing Culture Arts Association of Korea, Dr Yoo Hyun Sook, and the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Dr Khampheng Saysompheng.

The event was attended by Minister of Home Affairs Mr Khammanh Sounvileuth, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Lao PDR, Mr Shin Sung-soon and officials.

This assistance aims to future deliver to help disaster victims and poor people in rural areas as well as people who lack other opportunities, according to official said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng said Korea had been assisting the Lao government and people for a long time, especially in support to Lao labour skills development, coming in the form of assistance in technical and equipment to the Lao-Korea Skills Development Institute for teaching and learning.

This assistance had proved essential for Laos and benefits the poorest and students who lack the opportunity to better their livelihoods.

In the past, the Sharing Culture Arts Association of Korea had been assisting poor people in the Lao PDR by providing clothing and other essentials in rural areas, according to the ministry.

In 2016, the association provided four fire trucks and fire prevention equipment for distribution to four provinces of Laos where such material is lacking.

The fire trucks, which were purchased and supplied at the cost of US$523,135 were made available for use by fire prevention authorities in the provinces of Vientiane, Xieng Khuang, Luang Prabang and Xaysomboun.

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