South Africa’s Honorary Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City has handed over 50 scholarships to a local special school for visually impaired students, in celebrating this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day (July18).
The grant, worth a combined VND50 million (US$2,200), was given to the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School by Honorary Consul Do Thi Kim Lien on Thursday, the consulate said in a press release the same day.
The Nelson Mandela International Day encourages individuals around the world to a difference in their communities with the spirit of “Action Against Poverty- Stop Hunger Now.”
On the occasion, Lien also delivered VND30 million ($1,320) worth of gifts, consisting of confectioneries, milk and books, to the Christina Noble Children's Foundation.
In November 2009, the United Nation General Assembly declared July 18 "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
According to the South Africa’s Honorary Consulate, the meaning of Nelson Mandela International Day is calling and inspiring the community, organizations and individuals to pay attention and support the improvement of community living conditions.