Monday, November 30, 2009

Vietnam TV station launches Web site for disabled people

From Vietnam News Service:

HA NOI — A website for the benefit of disabled people will be launched at a charity music show to mark the International Day for People with Disabilities on December 3.

Viet Nam Television Station’s international channel (VTV4) and the CMC Information and Technology joint stock company will be managing the website

The website will give details about Viet Nam’s 10,000 people with disabilities, including Agent Orange (AO) victims, in a bid to raise public awareness of their plight and raise funds.

Profiles will be compiled from information provided by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, care organisations, as well as the individuals themselves and their relatives.

The website will display a photo of the disabled person, their address, and describe their particular disability and what their lives are like. Details of their bank accounts will also be provided for those who wish to make a donation.

AO victims and people with disabilities will also be able to post information about themselves on the website. They will also be able to find details of projects and programmes designed for people with disabilities, and look up potential donors.

The website will display a map of Viet Nam in either green (symbolising life), orange (representing AO victims) and grey (people with disabilities).

When an individual has received enough support to improve his or her life, the colour on their website will change to green.

The website will also display news and videos about people with disabilities and act as a forum for discussion. Information will be updated three times a week.

VTV4 plans to air a programme on the project and highlight particular success stories. Information on donors – organisations and individuals – will also be broadcast.

The website will be officially launched on the Cuoc Song Van Tuoi Dep (Life Is Still Beautiful) show, on which have appeared famous singers such as Thanh Lam, My Linh, Tung Duong, Dam Vinh Hung and Quang Dung.

The show will be shown at Kim Ma Theatre, No 1 Giang Van Minh Street and broadcast live on VTV4. — VNS