HCMC – Cargill on May 14 held an inauguration ceremony for the 105th school project in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, as part of its 26-year-old journey with the Cargill Vietnam School Building Project.
The 105th Cargill Cares school is located in Pu Duc hamlet, Quang Chieu Commune, in the remote, mountainous district of Muong Lat, which has an underprivileged and largely ethnic minority population.
Also, in this district, no access to electricity, heating or cooling in areas prone to sub-zero winters, and the shortage of sufficient infrastructure has made getting to school a daily challenge for students and teachers.
Accordingly, the new school is expected to provide some 60 primary students of the Mong ethnic minority access to safe and conducive education.
The school required over VND1 billion in investment (US$45,000). It will provide a modern and safe learning environment, kitted-out with two well designed classrooms, an administration office, cooling fans and a playground, among others.
In addition to Cargill, the project was supported by several partners, including Vu Phong energy group, JCI East Saigon, and the Capella Hanoi Hotel. These partners were inspired by Cargill’s school building program and decided to co-contribute around VND200 million to set up a solar power system that supplies lighting in this off-grid school site and provide 55 sets of portable solar lamps for students.
“Educating children is central to breaking the cycle of poverty for these regions, and it is an honor to be playing a role in improving the lives of children, their families, and improving their future under the auspices of our Cargill Cares School program,” said Cargill Vietnam Country President Luan Nguyen.