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Sheraton Hanoi Hotel hands over new school in Lao Cai

Released at: 12:30, 12/01/2019

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel hands over new school in Lao Cai

Photo: Huyen Nguyen

Hotel helped to build new primary school in Bat Xat district, which was handed over on January 9.

by Jessica Nguyen

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel has helped to build a new primary school for children in Khu Tru village, Phin Ngan commune in Bat Xat district, northern Lao Cai province, which was officially handed over at a ceremony on January 9.

Ninety-eight per cent of Phin Ngan commune’s population are from the Dao ethnic minority and 215 households are rated poor. The old primary school in Khu Tru village was the poorest in the area, with temporary classrooms built from bamboo by teachers and villagers. All were seriously degraded and needed repairs prior to every new school year.

Last October, a group of volunteers from the Sheraton made a survey trip to the school, coordinating with the school board and local authorities to develop a project to build a new primary school on the grounds of the old one.

All costs were covered by the Sheraton and the school was completed in just two months for VND190 million ($8,300), taken from the hotel’s charity fund. The project consists of a 36 sq m classroom with new equipment such as tables and chairs, a house for teachers, a school gate, flower beds, a clean water system, and concrete yards to cope with flooding.

To mark the opening and handover of the new school, the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel also provided students with school jackets, warm blankets, and packs of instant noodles.

“Khu Tru Primary School used to be the only one in the commune with temporary buildings,” said Mr. Vang Lao Lo, Vice President of Phin Ngan commune. “Every new school year, we had to bring in bamboo to reinforce the classrooms. The villagers and children are very happy that, from now on, students have a safe place to study and new tables and chairs.”

In recent years, the hotel’s volunteer team and “TakeCare” charity program have worked with schools in difficult circumstances in the northern mountains to provide facilities that help improve study conditions.

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