June 28, 2017

BASF helps improve learning environment for needy schools in Hậu Giang, Vietnam

Project provides new facilities for primary school and kindergarten

Approximately 130 students will benefit each academic year

Hậu Giang, Vietnam – June 28, 2017 – BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, broke ground yesterday on a school renovation project for a primary school located in a needy area of Hậu Giang Province, facilitated by Saigon Children’s Charity CIO.
 
The project, co-sponsored with other companies, will create new classrooms for the Long Thạnh 3 Primary School, a satellite site in the remote area of Long Trường 3 Hamlet, Phụng Hiệp District, Hậu Giang Province, approximately 220 km away from Ho Chi Minh City. One new classroom for 45 primary students and the other two classrooms for 25 preschoolers will be equipped with renovated hygiene facilities, which are currently heavily run-down.
 

Groundbreaking ceremony: BASF representatives (in green) groundbreaking the project together with local authorities and other partners

BASF will also co-sponsor the renovation of a nearby kindergarten. 60 toddlers currently attend Tân Long Kindergarten, a satellite site in Long Phụng Hamlet, also in Phụng Hiệp District, Hậu Giang province. The project will equip two classrooms with built-in hygiene facilities and a 200 square meter playground.
 
A total of approximately 430 square meters of classroom space will be renovated, allowing about 130 students in the district enjoy better learning facilities as well as improved hygiene and safety conditions.
 
Since the Saigon Children’s Charity CIO initiative was established in 1992, the “School Building and Learning Environment program” has built more than 450 classrooms. These have benefited thousands of students from kindergarten up to secondary school level.
 

Groundbreaking ceremony: BASF representatives (in green) groundbreaking the project together with local authorities and other partners

“At BASF in Vietnam we focus our non-profit corporate citizenship activities on providing quality education,” said Tanachart Ralsiripong, Managing Director, Vietnam. “Providing a clean, healthy learning environment is crucial to ensuring that children from needy areas can also have access to education from an early age.”
 

Group photo of BASF representatives (in green), project partners and beneficiary schoolchildren.

 

BASF Vietnam has been active in multiple community projects. In 2015, BASF Vietnam sponsored a kindergarten renovation project in Tập Ngãi district, Trà Vinh province, benefiting about 75 students per year. Since 2015, BASF has worked with Nippon Paint, a leading paint manufacturer, to offer paint sponsorship to needy schools in Mekong Delta, benefiting 850 students in the region. In addition, the company has offered scholarships to disadvantaged university students for their four years of studies. Since 2011, BASF has brought its global interactive education program BASF Kids’ Lab to Vietnam on an annual basis in partnership with Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education & Training. A total of approximately 3,000 primary school children have participated in order to learn about the fascinating world of chemistry and how it improves quality of life and conserves natural resources.
 

About BASF Vietnam

BASF has been active in Vietnam since the establishment of its representative office in 1994. BASF Vietnam Limited was set up in 2009 and the company operates two production sites for construction chemicals. BASF Vietnam also maintains three sales offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang. It provides a wide range of products, including plastics, petrochemicals, construction chemicals, fine chemicals, performance chemicals, paper chemicals, and crop protection. BASF sales to customers in Vietnam were approximately €245 million in 2016. BASF employed 142 people in Vietnam as of the end of 2016. Further information on BASF in Vietnam is available at www.basf.com/vn.
 

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.
 

About Saigon Children’s Charity CIO

Saigon Children's Charity CIO (SCC) was founded in 1992 to help disadvantaged children in Vietnam to escape from the cycle of poverty by giving them an education and a fair start in life.
SCC takes simple, practical steps to ensure that the children most in need get an education. We build schools and provide scholarships, as well as targeted extra help and vocational training. We work in and around Ho Chi Minh City, including District 4, District 8, Tan Phu District and in the rural fringes such as Can Gio, Cu Chi and District 9. In addition, we work in rural provinces close to HCMC such as Dong Nai and Tay Ninh, several provinces of the Mekong Delta (Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang, Hau Giang) and have also built classrooms in Quang Tri, Phu Tho and Ninh Binh Provinces.
With more than 25 years of experience, SCC has now built and renovated more than 450 classrooms, and has supported more than 40,000 children and young people with scholarships and vocational training.
A board of independent trustees is accountable for the work of the organisation and SCC publishes audited accounts annually with grateful thanks to KPMG. We aim always to be a high quality organisation, which is both transparent and fully accountable.
To find out more about SCC, please visit www.saigonchildren.com, call us on (84 8) 3930 3502 or email us at scc@saigonchildren.com .
 
Media contacts
BASF Vietnam
Ms. Do Kim Chung
Phone:  +(84 8) 3824 3833
Mobile: +(84 9) 38 945 288
Kimchung.do@basf.com

Nguyen Le Yeu Thuong
Phone: +(84 8) 3930 3502
Mobile: +(84 9)977843701
thuong@saigonchildren.com
Nguyen Le Yeu Thuong
 
 

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