(HBO) – As usual, members of the Inter-generational Self-Help Club of Mong sub-area of Luong Son township of Luong Son district gather for a monthly meeting on every 24th day of the month. For local residents, the club has become a common house for them and a place where they can find support, said Nguyen Thi Nhung, one of the members of the club.

Photo: At a meeting of the Inter-generational Self-Help Club of Mong sub-area of Luong Son township of Luong Son district.

The club was established in November 2021 with 50 members, 70% of them senior citizens. It has helped 30 members access soft loans worth 139 million VND (5,914 USD), while maintaining the operation of five volunteer groups to assist the elderly facing difficulties.

Nguyen Thi Binh, President of the club, said it has received funding from the project of reducing income and health-related vulnerability of old persons in Vietnam (Project VIE071). In each meeting, members receive healthcare service and legal education; and join cultural, art and sports activities, she said.

To date, Luong Son has seen the operation of nine of such clubs in Lam Son, Tan Vinh, Hoa Son, Nhuan Trach communes and Luong Son township. Members of the clubs have been provided with loans totaling nearly 850 million VND. The clubs have coordinated with medical facilities to give health check-ups and treatment to more than 300 members.

The clubs have received great attention from local authorities who have attended every meeting. Training courses have also been organised for their leaders. The clubs have also been provided with a number of medical equipment.

Le The Vinh, deputy head of the representative board of Luong Son Association of the Elderly, said that the model has been effective in caring for and promoting the rights of the elderly, helping improve their living quality. He expressed his hope that the district will receive more support from the State to multiply the model./.

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