10/04/2015 15:30 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Mekong Delta sees decline in poverty rate among Khmer families

Can Tho, April 10 (VNA) – The poverty rate among Khmer ethnic households in the Mekong Delta region was cut down to 17 percent by the end of 2014 thanks to efforts by authorised agencies in improving their livelihoods and ensuring social welfares.

Vice Standing Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Southwest Region Nguyen Phong Quang said in Tra Vinh, the committee worked with local authorities to raise funds to build an ethnic boarding school worth more than 20 billion VND (952,380 USD), facilitating access to education for Khmer children.

A hospital in Soc Trang province’s Vinh Chau district, home to a large number of Khmer people, is also under construction and funded by local individuals and organisations.

Meanwhile, relevant agencies have called for financial support for the construction of a Theravada Buddhist academy in Can Tho city to meet the demands for Khmer study, Quang added.

He continued to say that the Steering Committee and local authorities have also visited and offered practical aid to Khmer people on the occasion of their traditional festivals.

In the run up to this year’s Chol Chnam Thmay New Year festival, committee members visited eight provinces and Can Tho city, presenting gifts to eight solidarity associations of patriotic Buddhist monks, 34 Khmer pagodas, and 170 low-income Khmer families.

The Mekong Delta region groups the 13 localities of An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long provinces and Can Tho City.

The region is home to more than 1.2 million Khmer people, one of the most populous ethnic groups in Vietnam.