Youths work together for community welfare

Youths work together for community welfare

The Communist Youth Union in Ho Chi Minh City has long been a life buoy for young people since it has mobilized and carried out practical campaigns for the sake of the community’s welfare.

The campaigns include the organization of collective weddings, donating house and bus tickets on the traditional lunar calendar festival (Tet), and distributing medicine to needy people in Ho Chi Minh City and other localities.

The campaigns have become the ‘trademark’ of the Union in recent years and a ‘hallmark’ among beneficiaries.

Garment worker Bich Tuyen, who left her home town in Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta for HCMC six years ago, is an example of someone who owes a debt of gratitude towards the Union.

She and her boyfriend, Phu Quy, wished to hold a wedding party but did not have enough money saved for it.. On hearing the news about the collective wedding the Union was planning in late 2011, the couple registered.

Without it, the couple would have had to spend millions of dong to prepare a party for guests, as is tradition of Vietnam.

“Our joy multiplied many times at seeing 80 couples joined with us at the collective wedding,” Tuyen said.

It was the biggest collective wedding in Vietnam, she added.

Huynh Ngo Tinh, director of the Support Center for Youths in HCMC, said, “We feel happy despite having some more work to do. Bringing happiness to others makes us feel like we are taking care of ourselves.”

The Union also organizes trips to remote localities in Vietnam to distribute free medicine to poor people.

“Whatever difficulties we face, we manage to overcome them so that we don’t lose the joy of orphans,” said Tran Ba Cuong – director of the center for youth social work in HCMC.

It is the Union that organized other programs like the “Little Rose Festival” and “Warm Family in Spring” to encourage orphans and disadvantaged people.

In addition, the Support Center for Students under the Union has played a great role in helping students in remote areas come to HCMC for the first time to study. The center mobilizes donations from sponsors and philanthropists to give students free bus tickets and help them look for jobs and boarding houses.

The center director, Quach Hai Dat, said his agency transfers at least 2,000 free bus tickets to poor students every year, but there is still more demand, as almost 6,000 poor students need them.

The Union also mobilizes state agencies to install electricity and water gauges at boarding houses to help emigrant workers in industrial parks.

“It is often thought that we are giving away gifts, but honestly, we do receive more than that. It is the value of life,” said Huynh Nguyen Loc, head of the department of workers under the Communist Youth Union in Ho Chi Minh City.

Le Quoc Phong, deputy standing secretary of the Union, said, “Guaranteeing social welfare is a focus of the Union and other branches. Thanks to the benefits the Union has brought about, many youths have volunteered to take part in programs and campaigns of the Union.”

“They consider it their responsibility towards the community,” he stressed.