November 19th, 2019
Action on Poverty’s (AOP) three decades of work in Vietnam has been recognized with the presentation of the nation’s Order of Friendship.
AOP chief executive Brayden Howie said the great honour was recognition of the 60 projects in Vietnam during the past 30 years.
“Our friendship is based on a mutual respect and a determination to reduce poverty, promote equality and build environmental resilience right across this amazing country,’’ he said.
Although AOP has worked in 28 countries, it has only opened one office, in Vietnam, in 1996. The organization was originally known as the Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific Limited (AFAP).
The president of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, Mrs Nguyen Phuong Nga, said: “This is the most honorable award Vietnam can grant to foreign organisations with [an] outstanding contribution to establishing friendship relations and contributing to the development of Vietnam.’’