Various activities to mark International Children’s Day takes place in Vietnam


Various activities to mark the International Children's Day took place in provinces and cities across Vietnam on June 1 st, which attracted the participation of children, including disadvantaged children. * More than 800 disabled children from 15 schools for the disabled, shelters and charitable centres in Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Tra Vinh Provinces, took part in the 16 th Culture and Sports Festival for disabled children in 2012. The event aims to create an interesting playground for the disabled and to help them integrate into community. During the Day, disabled children had an opportunity to play interesting games, to perform songs and dances as well to exchange with each other. * Children in Hanoi had a chance to enjoy circus and magic items by the artists, Ngo Huyen, Ba Anh, Quang Anh and Quan Anh on June 1 st. In addition, the four-day program "Festival to light up children's dreams", with many interesting activities, was opened at the West Lake Park on May 31 … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope (17-07-2011)

by Thu Anh Too much, too soon There was a time when children grew up learning plenty of songs written for them - songs that told stories, songs that expressed the beauty of nature, songs about a beautiful place or songs about a national hero. Those songs are still being sung by children, but it seems that there are no new songs being composed for them. Instead children are turning to music meant for adults. Veteran musician Pham Tuyen said in a recent interview with the Lao Dong newspaper: "I worry when many children get excited about love that adults' songs, in both Vietnamese and English, deal with, and not about childhood and friendship." Musicians simply seem to have forgotten their most uncritical fans, he said, adding that fresh effort was needed to change this situation. Songs for children like Em La Hoa Hong Nhoû (I'm A Small Rose), Canh En Tuoi Tho (Swallow - Wings of Childhood) and Tuoi Hong (Pink Age) - composed respectively by Trinh Cong Son, Pham Tuyen and Truong … [Read more...]

Pham Tuyen – A musical historian


Almost all Vietnamese would know the song Nhu co Bac Ho trong ngay vui dai thang (Uncle Ho seems to be with us on the festive day of the grand victory). The lyrics have gone into the hearts of all people, with a penetrating appeal to millions to indulge themselves in the joy of the nations triumph. Its author is composer Pham Tuyen, many of whose works over the past 50 years are closely associated with very particular moments of national history. For this very reason, quite a few people have remarked that his ballads constitute a music chronicle of history. Composer Pham Tuyen, 74, is living in the age in which work has become a secondary matter to everyone. Nonetheless, he keeps travelling to all corners of the land to draw inspiration for his creative work. His feet never seem to get tired along the passage of time. We met him when he had just returned from Hai Duong and from a long journey to Dien Bien Phu, and then making preparations for his trip to Hue. He has been invited to … [Read more...]

Kinh Do donates Mid-Autumn gifts to poor children


On the occasion of the up-coming Mid-Autumn Festival later this week, Kinh Do Company has donated 10,000 gifts worth VND400 million to poor households, especially children in social sponsor centers and underprivileged students in remote areas. In the North, Northern Kinh Do Foodstuff Processing Joint Stock Company has collaborated with the Vietnam Children Sponsor Fund, the Hanoi Children Support Fund, the Vietnam Disabled Children Aid Association and local authorities to hand out over 2,000 gifts to disabled children and poor students in rural areas. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lien (L) from Kinh Do Company gives gifts and talks with poor children - Photo: Quoc Hung In the South and the Central, Kinh Do has cooperated with the HCMC Fatherland Front Committee to present 1,500 gifts including 1,500 moon cakes and other candies to poor children in charitable centers and unfortunate kids in Thu Duc, Go Vap, Nha Be districts and District 7 in HCMC. The company also cooperated with the HCMC Red … [Read more...]

A Shelter for Disabled Children


Since 2001, Que Huong Charity Centre in Ho Chi Minh City has received and nurtured over 2,000 orphan and disabled children. Its success is attributed to the great efforts of the Centre's Director Huynh Tieu Huong who overcame her own misfortunes to build the shelter. Since 2001, Que Huong Charity Centre in Ho Chi Minh City has received and nurtured over 2,000 orphan and disabled children. Its success is attributed to the great efforts of the Centre's Director Huynh Tieu Huong who overcame her own misfortunes to build the shelter. Visiting the Centre, one can't help being moved when they see the orphaned and paralysed children, who look doltish with their deformities, being taken in and taught to write, sing, dance, work and play. In this great family, all the children live happily with the love of their mother, Huynh Tieu Huong. Born in 1968, Huynh Tieu Huong suffered a miserable childhood. She doesn't know her mother and father. At the age of six, she had to earn her own living by … [Read more...]

Standard puppetry finds ways to public

A scene in the puppetry play ‘The Melody of Homeland’   NDO - A play named  ‘The Melody of Homeland’

by the Vietnam Puppetry Theatre has won the grand prize at the fifth Harmony World Puppet Carnival held in Bangkok, Thailand in October, 2014. This is the largest award Vietnamese puppetry has gained in the international arena. Efforts to develop along with water puppetry Since the late 1980s when Vietnam’s economy began to open up to the world, there have been more and more foreign visitors to Vietnam and Hanoi has been one of the most popular places to explore, especially in order to learn about the art of water puppetry. Coming to Hanoi, visitors can enjoy water puppetry performances in many places such as Thang Long Water Puppetry Theatre, the Central Puppetry Theatre, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Bong Sen Water Puppetry Centre under the Vietnam Contemporary Arts Theatre. In addition to Hanoi, numerous other localities have developed the water puppetry arts to attract more tourists such as Quang Ninh (Bai Chay Tourist area and Yen Duc village in Dong Trieu town) and … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese in Czech toward the homeland

Members of the organization selling Vietnamese dishes   to raise fund. (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnam-Czech Warm Shelter celebrated its first anniversary of establishment in Praha, capital of the Czech Republic on November 9. Vietnam - Czech Warm Shelter is a charitable organization mainly gathering kind-hearted Vietnamese people living in the Czech Republic. From a club with 32 members, it now has 132 members and the majority of them are women, including Czech and German citizens. They have organised many significant activities and delivered over VND150 million. According to Ms. Nguyen Thi Dung, head of the Vietnam-Czech Warm Shelter, which is a non-governmental and non-profit organization. It was set up in the Czech Republic to help orphans and disabled children and people in special circumstances in both Czech and Vietnam. In the Czech Republic, the organization regularly visits centers for orphans and delivers gifts to them on holidays, as well as visits and presents gifts to those in special circumstances within families and centers for the elderly. The … [Read more...]

Joining hands to look after and educate children

Children are cared and educated in the best conditions by the Party and State

In the past time, the task of looking after and educating children is at the top priority of Phu Yen province. Nevertheless, besides the achievements, there are still certain issues requiring the attention and solutions given by the sectors and authorities. Firstly, living environment of kids at families, schools, and communities does bear great risk of safety lacking, not healthy, friendly, which causes considerable impact on children's development. Secondly, the awareness of some localities, certain parents and children of measures to prevent and protect children is not efficient, with heavy reliance on authorities meanwhile there is not a system of protecting children with consecutive and efficient operation within the legal framework, the service routes and supervising management task is not effective… … [Read more...]

Children’s drama sends green message


(Story of a Valiant Man) will be performed during the second ASEAN-China Festival to be held in Nanning, China, this October. Nguyen Anh Tu, deputy director of the theatre staging the event, talks with Lan Dung about theatre for children in Viet Nam. Chuyen Chang Dung Si … [Read more...]

Monthly CPI rises in major cities

HA NOI (VNS) — The month-on-month consumer price indices (CPI) in the country's two biggest cities in June increased after being down for several months, according to statistics departments of Ha Noi and HCM City. The Ha Noi Statistics Department reported that the capital's CPI in June edged up by 0.08 per cent over May and 1.16 per cent against the same period last year. It said the development of the CPI in June this year was similar to the rate in June last year, and also increased after reduction in previous consecutive months, reported the Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) newspaper. … [Read more...]

Close to VND3 billion assistance for AO in Da Nang city

(Photo: VGP)

The Da Nang city Association of Victims of Agent Orange (AO) has organised a program calling on people to join hands and share pain with AO victims in response to the action month for children, the International Children's Day and the Day for Agent Orange (August 10). During the program, over VND2.7 billion was donated by agencies, enterprises and individuals. The money is designated to assist victims in treating diseases, overcome daily difficulties and to eradicate toxic AO chemicals. … [Read more...]

Book street in Hanoi


The Hanoitimes - Not only students and book lovers but also visitors are familiar with Dinh Le street, selling books at cheap price and always crowded with buyers. Dinh Le is the name of a small narrow street of 200 metres in length. Situated at the cross-road of Ngo Quyen, Dinh Le and Dinh Tien Hoang streets in the center of Hanoi, Dinh Le is also called "Book street". For students and book lovers, Dinh Le book street has become a familiar place for a long time now. Stepping onto this street, you would find yourselves astonished at numerous bookshops with various colors and genres standing close together. The reason Dinh Le street attracts so many people is that it often offers a 10%-20% discount. … [Read more...]

VNA supports ethnic minority children

Tin Tuc newspaper, a subsidiary of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), has presented 4,400 tins of nutritious powdered milk worth more than 1.35 billion VND (64,500 USD) to ethnic minority children in remote areas. This activity formed part of a programme titled "Accompanying disadvantaged areas" launched by the newspaper and the Nam Duong Investment Joint Stock Company to mark International Children's Day (June 1) and Vietnam's Action Month for Children. The meaningful gifts came to those in need in the five northern mountainous provinces of Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang and Lang Son. … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (04-06-2014)


There has been an uptick in entertainment programmes for children with the advent of summer vacations and the International Children's Day (June 1). Director Bui Nhu Lai, of the Tuoi Tre (Youth) Theatre, renowned for projects highlighting the plight of homosexuals and HIV-infected people, told Culture Vulture that programmes for children will only be worth viewing if they are fresh and not trite. What do you think of art programmes for children produced recently? … [Read more...]

Vietnam fruit fest showcases nearly 200 kinds of strange fruit


A fruit festival which kicked off on June 1 at an entertainment complex in Ho Chi Minh City is displaying many types of fruit of strange shapes and weights. The 2014 Southern Fruit Festival, which runs from June 1 to June 8 at Suoi Tien Amusement Park in District 9, features nearly 200 types of fruit including coconuts, durians, mangos, dragon fruits, and avocados. Most of the fruits showcased at the fest, which were carefully grown by farmers from numerous southern regions including Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Soc Trang and Dong Thap Provinces, are rare in terms of shapes and weight. … [Read more...]

Children with cancer receive gifts on International Children’s Day

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan visits cancer child patients at the Paediatrics Department of the Tan Trieu-based cancer hospital

(VOVworld) - The Vietnamese government, health agencies, and doctors will do their best to provide the best possible treatment to children with cancer, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan told young cancer patients at the K Hospital in Hanoi, where she presented gifts to the children for International Children's Day. Doan said: "I hope the doctors will do their best to provide the children with the best possible treatment and care to fulfill the hopes of the patients and their families." … [Read more...]