Vietnamese Describes Rural Assistance Plan

Nguyen Hy Van, chairman of the Vietnamese National Voluntary Service (NVS), outlined last night a program which is enabling Vietnamese students "to become aware of rural problems and to contribute actively to their country."

He explained that the NVS dispatches trained students, primarily from the University of Saigon, to rural hamlets. There they organize agricultural, educational, and social activities, thus developing a "community spirit" which may deter Communist infiltration.

Nguyen is in the United States to raise funds for the project. "The NVS has seen two summers of operation with 125 voluntary workers," he said, "but if we have more financial support, we can expand to 5000 workers in three years."