Attending the ceremony, there were the presence of Mr. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Duoc – the president of Vietnam Veterans Association, vice presidents of Vietnam Veterans Association, representatives of agencies and units of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense, the Veterans Association of Vietnam, the International Committee for the Vietnam Friendship Village and the distinguished guests. The ceremony also included the presence of representatives of local agencies, units and leaders and employees of the Friendship Village through the periods, war veterans, former youth volunteers and children at the Vietnam Friendship Village.
Colonel Dinh Van Tuyen, director of the Friendship Village presented the report of the Vietnam Friendship Village’s 20 years of building and development activities. With the interest of the Party, State; the help and guidance of Veterans Association of Vietnam; the cooperation, assistance and donation of the International Committee for the Vietnam Friendship Village, of organizations and individuals at home and abroad. The Vietnam Friendship Village has successfully completed its work of caring for, nursing, education, vocational training, medical treatment, rehabilitation for veterans and children – victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, the consequence of the chemical war in Vietnam. In the past 20 years, the Village has provided the care for, nursing, medical treatment and rehabilitation for 6,500 war veterans from Quang Binh province to the northern provinces of Vietnam; provided the nursing, care for, medical treatment, education and job – training for 700 children. The Friendship Village sent 21 children to study in the primary, junior high, high schools, college and universities and one student is studying to gain the Master of social work. 23 children were sent to study to improve the job skill at the vocational training centers in Hanoi; 18 children have got their jobs and self – sustaining and the Village returned hundreds of children to their families and communities.
In addition to caring for the above mentioned veterans and children, the Friendship Village actively built and upgraded its facilities to have the functioned zones for accommodation, study, work, therapy swimming pool, playgrounds, the medical center, the center of education and vocational training, all are in the green, fresh and beautiful campus.
On behalf of the leaders, employees, veterans, former youth volunteers and children at the Vietnam Friendship Village, Director Dinh Van Tuyen expressed his deep gratitude to the Party, State and Government; leaders of offices and units of Veterans Association of Vietnam; agencies and units of the Minister of Defense; local and central agencies, provincial veterans associations; the International Committee for the Vietnam Friendship Village from nations: Germany, France, U.S., Japan, England, Canada and Vietnam; domestic and international organizations and individuals, hospitals, businesses, donors; domestic and foreign press correspondents have been interested and helped the Friendship Village during 20 years.
Following the report of Director Dinh Van Tuyen were the speech of Ms.Rosi – HohnMizo, the president of the International Committee for the Vietnam Friendship Village and Mr.Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Duoc, the president of Vietnam Veterans Association. The speeches acknowledged and highly appreciated the results of the cooperation of Vietnam – The Friendship Village with the International Committee for the Vietnam Friendship Village in caring for, fostering and medical treatment for veterans and children – the victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin; contributing to overcome the consequence of chemical war in Vietnam; building the cooperation, reconciliation and international solidarity. At the same time, the speeches also praised the effort, tireless work of leaders and employees of the Friendship Village “All for veterans and children” during the past 20 years.
Next, on behalf of the Vietnamese State, Mr. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Duoc, the president of Veterans Association of Vietnam offered the first – class Labor Medal of the president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Vietnam Friendship Village. With the great honor and encouragement of the Party and State, the Vietnam Friendship Village’s leaders and employees committed to determine and strive to build the Friendship Village into the model of humanitarian and charitable activities.
In the afternoon of 26th of March and the all day of 27th of March, the Friendship Village continued to hold the 17th international committee meeting for the Friendship Village. Attending the meeting were Mrs. RosiHohnMizo, the president of the International Committee for Friendship Village and Mr. Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Dao, vice president of the Verans Association of Vietnam and representatives of national Committees: Germany, France, U.S., Japan, Canada and Vietnam. The meeting spent minutes to commemorate members of the International Committee who passed away. Mr. Dinh Van Tuyen, director of the Vietnam Friendship Village presented the two – year activity report (2016 - 2017) and the directions and plans for the following years.
After the report of the fundraising activities of the national committees, the meeting’s members focused on discussing and coming to the consensus of contents of the Village’s activity report which would be included in the Memorandum of Understanding like the work of caring for and medical treatment for veterans and children, the work of education and vocational training for children, the work of logistics and people’s foreign affairs and other work. The Memorandum of Understanding was ratified and signed with the spirit of peace, friendship and effective cooperation of nurturing and taking care of veterans and children and building the Vietnam Friendship Vilage more and more development.
Nguyen Ngoc Ha