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5/12/2019 6:45:24 PM

Kindergarten for ethnic minority children in Hoa Binh renovated

About 70 children in Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province, Vietnam have had their kindergarten recently renovated as an activity within the annual philanthropic project of Seaco – one of the largest container-leasing companies in the world. Before the intervention, the kindergarten has been in operation without a proper kitchen, dining place and toilet for nine years.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photos: AOP

Located in Dieng Lung village, Hoa Binh province, Tien Phong kindergarten was built in 2010. Its kitchen was a makeshift hut, which could not function in abnormal weather conditions. During days of storm, extreme heat or cold, the children must go home for lunch then return for afternoon classes. Meanwhile, the toilet in use was unhygienic and detached from the classroom across a rocky, occasionally muddy field. The playground was in the same condition with worn-out equipment, making it hazardous to the kids.

Representatives of Seaco, AOP, teachers and children celebrating during the Handover Ceremony.

From May 7-10, a group of 19 Seaco staff members from nine countries gathered in Dieng Lung village to participate in this year philanthropic project. The project was deployed in cooperation with Action on Poverty (AOP) – an Australian NGO – with an aim to provide a safe, clean and structurally sound kindergarten for children and teachers in the area.

The outcomes consist of a kitchen inclusive of a dining place, a playground and a toilet. The budget totals approximately USD 50,000.

During their trip, the Seaco team spent two full days in the field to carry out hands-on construction activities such as flooring, landscaping and painting playground equipment. Each local parent also contributed one labor day to the process. 

Tien Phong kindergarten playground before intervention.

Seaco and AOP staff working at the construction site.

On May 10, a handover ceremony was organized. Attendees included representatives from the People’s Committee of Da Bac district and Tien Phong commune, the Education Department of Da Bac district, Seaco team, AOP staff, and teachers and children from Tien Phong kindergarten. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was carried out followed by the gifts presenting of Seaco staff to Tien Phong kindergarten children. At the end of the event, the kids rushed onstage to thank the team and give them their drawings in return.

Started working in Vietnam in 1989, AOP has been empowering local changemakers to break the cycle of poverty in their communities for the last 30 years. This is the seventh time Seaco collaborates with AOP to carry out their annual philanthropic work. Most of their work done aimed at bettering education to end poverty. Last year, Seaco and AOP worked together to renovate a school in Cambodia, which benefited 165 primary school students in Banteay Meanchey./. 

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