Earlier today, CapitaLand and Ascott volunteers including board members, senior management and staff visited two CapitaLand Hope Schools in Vietnam (Nang Yen Primary Hope School in Phu Tho province and Thanh Phuoc A Primary Hope School in Long An province) and joined in a New School Year ceremony with teachers and students.
To mark the start of the new school year, the volunteers gave out schoolbags and stationery, which was sponsored by CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, to around 500 students.
Besides that, the children also received lanterns, cakes and candies from the volunteers.
The volunteers also created a festive ambiance with interactive games, toy-making sessions and food preparation.
In addition, CapitaLand Hope Foundation also funded scholarships with total value of 100 million Vietnam Dong, to all students in Grade 5 to support them for their last grade of Primary School as they prepare to enter into Secondary School.
Mr. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam, said “CapitaLand, through CapitaLand Hope Foundation, is committed to support underprivileged children through its community development efforts in countries where it operates. Beyond building Hope Schools, we are committed to giving time and attention to the schoolchildren through volunteer initiatives as well. As such, students and teachers of the two existing Hope Schools have grown familiar with CapitaLand Vietnam and Ascott staff. We hope that the schoolbags donated today will give the students at the two Hope Schools a head start in life and bring them the joy of learning.”
Ms. Ho Hai Yen, the Principal of Nang Yen Primary School, said: “In May 2011, CapitaLand helped to build a new two-storey school building as well as to upgrade the existing school facilities. Since then, CapitaLand’s staff have returned back to visit our students very regularly. Recently, on March 2016, over 50 CapitaLand staff volunteers and senior management embarked on a five-day volunteer expedition to our CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School to help build more toilets and sheltered walkways to cater to the growing pupil population, cemented damaged walls, and refurbished the library with more shelves”
Ms. Vo Thi Ngoc Giau, Vice Principal of CapitaLand Thanh Phuoc A Primary Hope School, said: “We greatly appreciate CapitaLand’s effort in supporting the development of education for our children and we believe that the this event marks the continuation of a lasting relationship between CapitaLand and our Hope School, and I hope that we can continue working together to further develop the future of the children in our community.”
CapitaLand has now built two Hope Schools in Vietnam for 500 students, in Phu Tho province (Nang Yen Primary Hope School) and in Long An province (Thanh Phuoc A Primary Hope School). This year, the company is also identifying the location for a third Hope School in Vietnam.
About CapitaLand Vietnam
Vietnam is one of CapitaLand’s key markets in Asia. The real estate market in Vietnam is supported by the country’s strong economic growth, rapid urbanisation and a young and growing population. CapitaLand is committed to being a long-term real estate developer in the country.
CapitaLand Group's current presence in Vietnam is in the six major cities – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Binh Duong, and Nha Trang in the residential and serviced residences sectors. In the residential sector, CapitaLand has a portfolio of close to 7,850 quality homes across eight residential projects in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. In the serviced residence sector, its wholly-owned serviced residence business unit. The Ascott Limited, has a portfolio of more than 3,000 apartment units in 17 properties across the six major cities, making it the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in the country.
CapitaLand will continue to contribute to the Vietnamese economy by hiring and nurturing a strong local team, exchanging knowledge and skills with local partners and contributing to the local communities’ underprivileged children and environment through corporate social responsibility efforts.
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