BASF and their customers continue to support children with difficult background by launching a joint project in collaboration with saigonchildren to improve learning environment kindergarten in Đồng Nai, Vietnam.
On November 14th, representatives from BASF, their project partners and saigonchildren broke ground on a school building project for a kindergarten in a remote area of Đồng Nai Province. Under the project, co-sponsored by BASF and 10 customers from Vietnam and Thailand, two new classrooms with a total area of over 170 square meters will be built for the Sông Ray kindergarten, located in a remote area of Đồng Nai Province. The construction project will be completed in 2019 with the coordination of saigonchildren.
(Representatives of BASF, saigonchildren and local authorities did the ground breaking ceremony)
The two classrooms, currently accommodating 70 children aged two and three, were built five years ago as temporary structures with all-metal walls and ceilings, an uncomfortable environment during high temperatures and in rainy weather. After the renovation for 3 classrooms and 2 newly built classrooms, the kindergarten will have a new look and will be equipped with brand new facilities, including hygiene amenities and a storeroom.
(Mr.Tanachart Ralsiripong – Managing Director of BASF Vietnam,
Ms. Ngọc Thanh – Dong Nai Union of Friendship organisations, Ms. Angelique Masse Nguyen – Head of Fundraising & Communication of saigonchildren)
A total of approximately $43,000 (VND1 billion), in both money and materials to support this project, was donated by BASF and customers in Vietnam and Thailand.
Petrus Ng, Managing Director, BASF Thailand added, “At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We aim to make our customers more successful with our innovative chemistry solutions, and to support the communities where we do business. I am proud to see our long-standing customers in both Vietnam and Thailand joining hands in this important effort.”
BASF Vietnam has been active in multiple community projects. In partnership with Saigonchildren, BASF built and renovated three schools in Trà Vinh and Hậu Giang provinces, offering enhanced facilities and improved hygiene and safety conditions for about 350 students in this region. In addition, BASF has offered scholarships to nearly 20 disadvantaged university students for their four years of study. The company recently worked with the world’s leading paint manufacturer, Nippon Paint, to offer paint sponsorship that redecorated over 7,500 square meters of school area in Mekong Delta, benefiting almost 1,000 children.
Đồng Nai is one of Vietnam’s manufacturing hubs, with a diverse number of industrial parks. Nevertheless, many areas are still left behind due to the lack of investment in the remote locations, impacting development in both economy and education. In the Sông Ray commune, 5% of the population is classified as poor, with an average income of less than VND700,000 per person (equivalent to $30) each month, with income in the remaining population at not more than VND4 million per person (around $200) each month.