BASF, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, and Nippon Paint, a leading paint manufacturer, today announce their second year of partnership to support 5 needy schools from the remote areas in Trà Vinh, Hậu Giang and Đồng Nai provinces, benefiting nearly 600 students at kindergarten and primary levels. A total of over 3,700sqm will be painted with low odor products to minimize impact to health and environment. This is part of a three-year joint initiative entitled “Painting for a good cause”, under which the two companies fund school painting projects in needy areas of Vietnam. In 2015 and 2016, the project has benefited approximately 850 children.
4 out of the 5 schools are all from very remote areas, about 50-60 km away from the centers of Trà Vinh and Hậu Giang provinces, almost 300km away from Ho Chi Minh City; and from the poorest districts, where approximately 15-20% of the population earns from VND300,000-400,000 per month. Poverty, lack of classrooms, parents’ inadequate awareness of importance of education prevent many children from study. Meanwhile, the school in Biên Hòa, Đồng Nai, home for over 3,000 students, is overloaded with 3 shifts per day, making it difficult for the students and teachers alike. All the schools have been built many years ago, hence alarming hygiene and safety conditions. By offering sponsorship, BASF and Nippon Paint aim to provide safe, suitable and hygienic learning environment for the disadvantaged kids.
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Children of An Phu Tan Primary School are washing their hands
at the sinks made by BASF and Nippon Paint Team.
The initiative is facilitated by Saigon Children’s Charity CIO, through which the School Building and Learning Environments program has built more than 350 classrooms, and benefited thousands of students from kindergarten up to secondary levels, since it was established in 1992.
“A well-educated young generation is important for BASF and education is one of the central elements of our social responsibility effort. We work with our partners to provide the needy children in Vietnam a fairer access to education and develop the next generation of leaders. The partnership with Nippon Paint underlines our commitment to help improve quality of life for the neighboring community,” said Tanachart Ralsiripong, Managing Director, BASF Vietnam.
“Our corporate social responsibility activities offer Nippon Paint a platform to do something for the environment and the community. We believe the best way to give back is to link philanthropic investment with our painting solutions and expertise as well as the skills and passion of our employees. This distinction validates our efforts toward making a substantial and lasting impact in communities. We also wanted a project that would build pride and participation among our employees, allowing us to give back to our local community,” said Mr Ee Soon Hean, General Director of Nippon Paint Vietnam.
Nippon Paint Vietnam has been active in multiple community projects. Since 2014, the company has painted more than 100 needy houses in Ho Chi Minh City in partnership with Galaxy Cinema and YanTV. It has recently launched a TV reality show entitled “Tổ ấm hạnh phúc” (Happy House) on the popular HTV7 channel, attracting a number of celebrities including Xuân Lan, Đàm Vĩnh Hưng, Kim Xuân. Over 1,600 liters of paint valued at VND 300 milion have been donated to the program.
Gift and tools packages delivery from ferry to school.
BASF Vietnam has partnered with Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education & Training since 2011 to bring Kids’ Lab, an interactive education program, to almost 2,500 primary students. The company also worked with Saigon Children’s Charity CIO to sponsor a school renovation project in Tap Ngai district, Tra Vinh province to help 75 kids go to school and offer full scholarship to eight university students from needy families for their four years of studies.
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Founded in Japan in 1881, Nippon Paint is now among leading paint manufacturers in the world. Spreading to over fifteen countries and two continents, along with ceaseless improvement in technology as well as material, Nippon Paint is now regarded as the optimal choice in the field of industry, automobile, motorcycle, architecture, marine and decorating houses. The Nippon Paint facilities have produced high quality paints and coatings with its advanced Japanese know-how. Based on its corporate philosophy, skilled manpower and non-stop improvements in technology, Nippon Paint has changed buildings and houses’ face in Asia in general. The corporate site can be found at nipponpaint.com and our Vietnam business is available at nipponpaint.com.vn. Read more about our CSR Asia-wide on http://en.ecocolor.com.cn