The Korea Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (KOCHAM) collected nearly VND5 billion (US$217,500) in donations at the KOCHAM Charity Night on Thursday to assist orphans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Southeast Asian country.
Over 82 South Korean enterprises donated a combined VND4 billion ($174,000) in cash and VND1 billion ($43,500) in gifts to support orphans in Vietnam during the KOCHAM Charity Night in Ho Chi Minh City.
The funds will be handed over to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committees in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Long An, to provide medical expenses and academic scholarships for orphans.
In-kind donations will be given directly to orphanages in Ho Chi Minh City.
“During the challenging period of ‘fighting the COVID-19 epidemic like fighting the enemy,’ Ho Chi Minh City has received plenty of support from both overseas Vietnamese and domestic organizations and individuals,” To Thi Bich Chau, chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Ho Chi Minh City, said at the event.
Chau also thanked the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and KOCHAM for donating an additional VND9 billion ($389,000) worth of cash and medical equipment.
“In the coming time, I hope that we will have more activities which further strengthen the relationship between our two countries,” Chau said.
KOCHAM was established in 2004 in order to create a business platform for South Korean companies to contribute to the growth of Vietnamese society, according to the organization’s website.