CapitaLand, through its philanthropic arm the CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), is supporting 600 students in two CapitaLand Hope Schools in Vietnam through its My Schoolbag program, which began in 2013.
Students at the CapitaLand Thanh Phuoc A Primary Hope School in the Mekong Delta’s Long An province and the CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School in northern Phu Tho province will receive schoolbags complete with stationery and water bottles in preparation for the new school year.
The students received their new schoolbags during CapitaLand’s Volunteer Day, where 130 volunteers from CapitaLand and its serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited, including board members, senior management, and staff, visited the schools to bring cheer to the children. The students also received lanterns, milk, cakes, and candy, and enjoyed interactive games and learned the craft of handmade toys from the volunteers.
For the second year running, CHF is also offering bursaries of about $4,400 to Grade 5 students of the CapitaLand Hope Schools for their final year in primary school. With the support of CHF’s bursaries last year, all Grade 5 students could complete their primary education and enter secondary school.
“We greatly appreciate the efforts of CapitaLand and its volunteers in supporting the children’s development and educational needs,” said Ms. Vo Thi Ngoc Giau, Vice Principal of CapitaLand Thanh Phuoc A Primary Hope School, CapitaLand’s second Hope School in Vietnam. “This spirit of charity and volunteerism will be a great inspiration for our students, and spur them to give back to the community in their own way.”
“Since 2011, CapitaLand has built two Hope Schools and upgraded the facilities of other existing schools to provide students with a conducive learning environment,” said Mr. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam. “Beyond donations, we also give time and attention to the children through regular visits by our local staff and volunteer expeditions involving our overseas staff. Through these efforts, we hope to empower every child to fulfil their potential and create a better future. We remain committed to do our part for the community as we continue to grow CapitaLand’s business in Vietnam.”
In addition to CapitaLand Thanh Phuoc A Primary Hope School and CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School, CHF is building its third Hope School in Vietnam, a kindergarten located in northern Hung Yen province that will benefit 500 children aged one to five years old. This third Hope School is slated to be completed in March 2018.
My Schoolbag is CapitaLand’s key annual corporate social responsibility program that reaches out to underprivileged children in Vietnam, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan, and India. The program provides children with new schoolbags and basic school and daily necessities to prepare them for their studies. From 2009 to 2016, CHF donated around $3.6 million to My Schoolbag, benefitting nearly 125,000 children across Asia.