| “The capital’s outstanding citizens” title is awarded to 10 individuals in 2019. (Photo: nguoihanoi.com.vn)
Launched in 1992, the “good people, good deeds” emulation movement includes a variety of social programs, each well-received by local residents.
Stories illustrating good deeds performed in everyday life are worth than a thousand simple calls to fellowship, often moving people and encouraging them to contribute to the local community and society as a whole.
75-year-old Nguyen Thi Gai in Hai Ba Trung district has been a role model of the capital city’s emulation movement from 2013 to 2018.
Despite family difficulties and her husband suffering from a cerebrovascular condition for a long time, Ms. Gai keeps helping those in need.
“I can work in restaurants or do housework to earn more money to help disadvantaged people in my residential area,” said Gai.
Teacher Ta Thi Ngoc Thanh of Cau Giay district, one of the capital’s outstanding citizens of 2016, touched many people’s hearts. For dozens of years, the 80-year-old teacher has saved up as much as she could to help 15 orphaned children and 2 others whose fathers are stationed on the islands.
The student development fund named after her has helped many poor children to realize their dream of attending school. Some are now studying at colleges or universities; still others have gone abroad for study.
Ms. Thanh herself has registered to donate her cornea to help the sight impaired when she dies. She said life is about sharing and helping each other through difficulties.
“I spend little on my daily activities because I want to save up for charity works. Part of my salary, my income from the positions I’m holding in the community, along with my retirement pension, is used to buy books, notebooks, and bikes for disadvantaged children. I want to do this till I die,” Thanh said.
Ly Van Phu, a Dao ethnic person in Ba Vi commune and an outstanding citizen for 2019, has donated 200 square meters of land for rural road construction. For many years he has instructed local households on how to grow medicinal herbs , thus helping them increase their income.
Phu said: “I’m very moved to be recognized as an outstanding citizen. I’ll continue to do my best to encourage others to do their part in making our nation stronger.”
To date, Hanoi has honored 375,000 people for their good deeds and hundreds of the capital’s outstanding citizens have been praised.
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said the municipal authorities have attached special importance to finding examples of good people doing good deeds toward the city’s cultural, social, economic, and security development.
“Thanks to various programs from the Vietnam Fatherland Front and political and social organizations, the movement has spread widely, attracting people of all ages and from all walks of life and sectors. It has promoted a sense of fellowship and responsibility throughout the capital city,” said Chung.