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Two new Cargill Cares schools open

Released at: 11:37, 22/08/2019

Two new Cargill Cares schools open

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91st and 92nd schools of Cargill Cares Council to educate 450 young children.

by Phi Linh

Cargill opened its 92nd school in Vietnam on August 21 in the central province of Quang Binh, keeping its goal of building 100 schools in the country by the end of 2020 well on track.

Construction of the new Quang Long Primary School in Quang Long ward in Ba Don town began in March and it will provide enhanced primary education facilities to almost 250 children from six to ten years old. It creates a safe, conducive, convenient, and friendly environment for the children to learn and play with five new classrooms and restrooms.

The opening is its second within the space of two weeks. Cargill’s 91st school, My Thanh Kindergarten in My Thanh commune, Ba Tri district in the Mekong Delta’s Ben Tre province, opened on August 8, with three new classrooms and restrooms. The employee-led Cargill Cares Council also set up a library with more than 400 kindergarten books to help the children establish a reading habit from early childhood.

The total investment from Cargill Cares in the two new schools is approximately VND2.7 billion ($115,000). This builds on its investment in 2018 of $15.1 million in education programs worldwide. Both new schools are located in rural areas, where people earn a living primarily from farming and animal husbandry and where there is a lack of adequate education facilities for small children.

Existing facilities did not meet demand from the growing number of children in these areas. Cargill Cares acknowledged the people’s wish for new schools and put together resources to address this immediate need. The team utilized the summer break to accelerate construction, and Cargill plans to open another five schools to reach 97 by the end of next May.

“Our old classrooms were built many years ago and had become degraded and unable to accommodate the increasing number of children in the area,” said Mr. Ngo Van Dan, Chairman of My Thanh commune. “We had to use two rooms at the nearby primary school as temporary kindergarten classrooms. Today, thanks to Cargill’s sponsorship, three new classrooms and other facilities have been built and handed over just in time for the new school year. This is a source of major excitement for local authorities, teachers, parents, and children. We are grateful for this type of support from Cargill.”

Cargill’s school building program was established in 1997 to support students in agricultural communities in rural Vietnam. It is aimed at providing students with access to quality education in a safe and conducive environment. The program is part of the Cargill Cares Council, which is completely employee-led. Cargill employees volunteer both time and effort to raise the necessary funds and to provide logistical and administrative support, including working with local architects, applying for licenses, and managing construction.

Funds come from Cargill customers, partners, and employees. Since 1997, around VND120 billion ($5.3 million) has been raised to build schools that now provide quality education to more than 14,500 students in 48 provinces.

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