Caritas Vietnam outlines action plan for 2011
Sex education, sustainable agriculture top a packed agenda for Church social arm
ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
January 17, 2011
“Pro-life activities and sustainable agriculture are our main concerns,” a Caritas Vietnam source told ucanews.com.
“As such, we plan to provide health care for single mothers and give financial support to Church-run houses for unmarried pregnant women and for burying aborted fetuses in cemeteries,” the source said. “Young people will also be given sex education in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”
The source said farmers will be taught environmentally-friendly farming methods to grow better crops.
Caritas Vietnam is also looking to expand its healthcare program.
Some 4,000 priests, seminarians and Religious throughout the country will be given free medical checkups and medicines this year, up from the 1,445 last year, the source said.
People living with HIV/AIDS and leprosy will also get the treatment they need, while wheelchairs, hearing aids and financial support will be offered to people with physical disabilities to help them make a living.
Disaster victims can also expect to receive much needed assistance if and when the situation arises.
In education, the Church’s social arm will continue offering scholarships to 2,600 poor students, and will conduct courses on drug abuse as well as games, alcohol and cigarette addiction for young people.
The local Church also plans to train more Caritas staff in all the country’s 26 dioceses.
“Caritas Vietnam also plans to join Caritas Internationalis in May,” the source said.
Funding for the action plan will come through benefactors, the source added.
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