Hau Giang, Vietnam – January 8, 2021 – More than 90 students from the Kim Đồng Primary School in a remote area of Hau Giang province can now enjoy new school facilities and improved learning environment as Saigon Children’s Charity (saigonchildren) and donors today inaugurated a school building project.
The project offers one new classroom, one toilet block and one playground, with a total area of 357 square meters for the Kim Đồng Primary School, at Hòa Long B site, located in Kinh Cùng Township in Phụng Hiệp District.
In addition to support from the local authorities, this project was made possible with financial support from BASF, HP, Ms Tsanh Mỹ Linh, MKVN, Tam Trần, and Nippon Paint Việt Nam.
As part of the Inauguration Ceremony, BASF and their partners donated a children’s book library, and HP donated a computer along with a printer to support the teaching and learning of the school.
At the ceremony, Angelique Masse Nguyen, Head of Fundraising and Communications at saigonchildren, said “Building schools in remote areas is one of our core programmes to provide access to education to disadvantaged children. When we build a school, we are in fact contributing bricks to build a generation’s future.”
“Despite 2020 was a challenging year for many of us, BASF is proud that we and our valued partners still made tremendous effort to continue our support to help schoolchildren from remote communities get better access to quality education. With this fifth school we have renovated with our partners, we want to help nurture Vietnam’s next generation and demonstrate our commitment to support Vietnam’s sustainable development,” said Erick Contreras, Managing Director, BASF Vietnam.
Before the renovation, the schoolchildren attended their classes in rundown facilities that were built in 1996 with basic structures and materials, therefore negatively affecting the teachers and students’ health and safety. While the renovation took place, the school kids had to switch to a temporary classroom in a local resident’s house. The new facilities including classroom, toilet and playground will not just give them a safer and more comfortable place to learn, but also help them practice their hygiene and develop various skills through play.