BASF and Nippon Paint complete school renovations benefiting 1,000 children in remote areas of Vietnam


 

  • Remote schools in Trà Vinh, Hậu Giang and Đồng Nai provinces redecorated with low odor products
  • 7,500 square meters of classroom and learning spaces repainted 
  • Partnership has helped 1,000 school children since 2015
     

Hậu Giang, Vietnam – November 23, 2017 – BASF, world’s leading chemical company, and Nippon Paint, a global leader in paint manufacturing, have completed a joint renovation project at Hoà An Kindergarten, a preschool located in a remote area of Hậu Giang province. This is the latest phase of a joint initiative launched in 2015 to fund school painting projects in needy areas of Vietnam, therefore improving learning environments in the area. As of this year, a total of 7,500 square meters of classroom and learning spaces have been redecorated with low odor paints that minimize impact on student health, benefiting almost 1,000 children at the kindergarten and primary levels. The beneficiary schools are predominantly located in Trà Vinh, Hậu Giang and Đồng Nai provinces.


Kids from Hòa An Kindergarten playing in the newly renovated facility 


Kids from Hòa An Kindergarten playing in the newly renovated facility 

Hoà An Kindergarten, currently accomodating 140 children aged 4-5 per academic year, has four classrooms and a kitchen, previously all in heavily rundown condition. By providing paints and waterproofing solutions to renovate almost 2,700 square meters of space, BASF and Nippon Paints aim to provide better education conditions for the local students. 

The initiative is facilitated by saigonchildren™. Its “School Building and Learning Environments” program has built more than 480 classrooms since it was established in 1992, benefiting thousands of students from kindergarten up to secondary levels.

“A well-educated young generation is important to BASF. Therefore, education is one of the core elements of our corporate citizenship efforts. We work with our partners to provide education to less privileged children in Vietnam and to help develop the future leaders of the country. The partnership with Nippon Paint underlines our commitment to help improve quality of life for the neighboring community through innovative solutions,” said Tanachart Ralsiripong, Managing Director, BASF Vietnam.

“Our corporate social responsibility activities offer Nippon Paint a platform to do something meaningful for the community and the environment. We believe the best way to contribute to our society is with our painting solutions and expertise, backed by the skills and passion of our employees. This distinction validates our efforts toward making a substantial and lasting impact in communities. We also wanted a project that would build pride and inspire participation among our employees, and allow us to give back to our local community,” said Ee Soon Hean, General Director of Nippon Paint Vietnam.


Group picture of BASF, Nippon Paint volunteers and Hòa An Kindergarten schoolchildren

Nippon Paint Vietnam has been active in multiple community projects. Since 2014, the company has cooperated with partners such as: Galaxy Cinema, Yan TV, BASF, and local communities to re-paint more than 200 houses, temples, churches, schools in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta with more than 1,000 liters of paint donated. “Through these projects, we would like to fulfil our mission to bring a bright future with full protection to all families and children with our innovative paint solutions,” Mr. Ee added.


A BASF employee presenting giveaway to the schoolkids

BASF Vietnam has partnered with Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education & Training to bring Kids’ Lab, an interactive education program, to almost 3,500 primary students by the end of 2017. The company also worked with saigonchildren to sponsor school renovation projects in Trà Vinh and Hậu Giang provinces, to help 350 kids go to school and offer full scholarship to nearly 20 university students from needy families for their four years of studies.


A Nippon Paint employee presenting giveaways to the schoolkids


About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.
About Nippon Paint

Founded in Japan in 1881, Nippon Paint is now among leading paint manufacturers in the world. Spreading to over fifteen countries and two continents, along with ceaseless improvement in technology as well as material, Nippon Paint is now regarded as the optimal choice in the field of industry, automobile, motorcycle, architecture, marine and decorating houses. The Nippon Paint facilities have produced high quality paints and coatings with its advanced Japanese know-how.  Based on its corporate philosophy, skilled manpower and non-stop improvements in technology, Nippon Paint has changed buildings and houses’ face in Asia in general.  The corporate site can be found at nipponpaint.com and our Vietnam business is available at nipponpaint.com.vn.
About saigonchildrenTM
 
Through our 4 core programmes: Child Development Programme (Scholarships), School Building, Development and Integration (Free Vocational Training), Working with Others (Support Children with Disabilities), saigonchildrenTM has been supporting over 35,000 scholarships to disadvantaged children and youngsters in HCMC, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang, Hau Giang and Ca Mau, repairing and building more than 480 classrooms.
To find out more about saigonchildrenTM, please visit www.saigonchildren.com, call us on (84 8) 3930 3502 or email us at info@saigonchildren.com.
 

Media Contact

 

BASF Việt Nam
Đỗ Kim Chung
Phone: (+84 28) 3824 3833
Mobile: (+84) 912 131 288
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Nippon Paint Vietnam
Đinh Ngọc Quỳnh Như
Phone: (+84 28) 39115612
Mobile: (+84) 933 905 345
nhu.dnq.hcmc@nipponpaint.com.vn 
saigonchildren
Nguyễn Hồ Ngọc Trâm
Phone:  (+84 28) 3930 3502
Mobile: (+84) 983 821 723
tram.nguyen@saigonchildren.com

 

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