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CapitaLand staff help to build its first Hope School in Vietnam – CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School
26 September 2011
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 26 September 2011 – 40 CapitaLand staff volunteers travel on an expedition to Nang Yen Commune, Thanh Ba District, Phu Tho Province, to help to complete the final phase of the upgrading works at CapitaLand’s first Hope School in Vietnam, CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School. The volunteers are made up of staff who are based in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Japan and Vietnam. Over the three days (26 – 28 September 2011) of voluntary work at the school, the volunteers will help to pave the yard, paint and design a wall mural, create “green” space, set up a library-cum-reading room and clean the classroom furniture. The volunteers are also tasked to plan interactive learning sessions for the students so that the students can have an opportunity to interact and learn new knowledge out of their regular school curriculum. On the third day of the expedition, volunteers will visit the students’ homes and spend time with them to understand their lifestyle and living conditions. In May 2011, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, donated VND2.2 billion to build a new two-storey school building and a library-cum-reading room as well as to upgrade the existing school facilities. This donation is part of the total contribution of VND3.3 billion contributed by CapitaLand Hope Foundation and the People’s Committee of Thanh Ba District in Phu Tho Province. When completed in October 2011, CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School will benefit the 165 underprivileged children with upgraded amenities and a more learning conducive environment. Mr Yip Hoong Mun, Deputy CEO of CapitaLand (Vietnam), said: “As we grow our business in Vietnam, we are committed to contributing back to the communities. When we first visited Nang Yen Primary School, the school was small and overcrowded. The school’s facilities were rundown and there was insufficient space for other activities outside the classrooms. We saw the need for us to make good use our expertise in real estate development and build a better school compound for the children. Children are our future. As President Ho Chi Minh once said “Vì lợi ích mười năm trồng cây, vì lợi ích trăm năm trồng người” (To reap a return in ten years, plant trees. To reap a return in 100 years, cultivate the people.) In line with CapitaLand’s credo of “Building People”, we should do our part in improving the children’s education and their future. CapitaLand will build more Hope Schools in Vietnam to help the underprivileged children.” Mr Takizawa Yosuke, Marcom Manager at Vivit Square, Tokyo, Japan, who is a staff volunteer said: “This expedition is very meaningful for me. It demonstrates that volunteerism can also be extended beyond geographical borders and cultural differences. I hope that the efforts by CapitaLand staff from different countries and cities can make a difference to the children’s future by inspiring more people with CapitaLand’s “Building People” credo.” Ms Luong Thi Hong Nhung, an Investment and Asset Management Executive based in Ho Chi Minh City, who is one of the staff volunteers said: “Students at Nang Yen Primary School are very shy because they live in a mountainous area. So we will donate books to their new library in order to help them to gain access to knowledge beyond where they live. During the expedition, we will also engage them with several fun and interactive activities such as drawing, origami, modeling figures out of clay and sports games. We hope they will enjoy themselves and learn something useful.” CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School is located in Nang Yen Commune, Thanh Ba District, Phu Tho Province, which is a remote and mountainous area approximately 130 kilometers north of Hanoi. CapitaLand Hope Foundation has a total of 16 Hope Schools of which 15 are located in various parts of China. Hope Schools are part of CapitaLand’s corporate social responsibility initiatives to support the shelter, education and healthcare needs of the underprivileged children. - End About Nang Yen Primary School Nang Yen Primary School is located in Nang Yen commune, Thanh Ba District, Phu Tho Province. The school is situated within a remote and mountainous area of Phu Tho Province. The 35-year-old school initially had four classrooms built using a mixture of clay and leaves. Today, the school has 165 students in 10 classrooms. Due to limited funding received from the people and the government, the school is equipped with only basic facilities and receives minor repairs yearly. The school facilities have been deteriorated over the years. The school’s learning and teaching equipments have also become obsolete. Despite all these difficulties, the school has managed to encourage 100% of the local children to attend the school and achieves a passing rate of 95%. The school has won the title of “Good Performer” in the past several years. About CapitaLand in Vietnam Vietnam is one of CapitaLand’s key markets in Asia. The real estate market in Vietnam is supported by the country’s strong economic growth coupled with rapid urbanization and its young and hardworking population. CapitaLand is committed to being a long-term real estate developer in Vietnam. Currently, the Group's presence in Vietnam is in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong and Danang, in the residential and serviced residence sectors. In the residential sector, the Group has a portfolio of over 6,400 units in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, comprising four prime residential developments and three value homes developments under its new strategic business unit, CapitaValue Homes, which focuses on building good value homes in Asia. Its wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited, has over 1,300 apartment units in nine properties across the four major cities, making it the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in Vietnam. About CapitaLand Hope Foundation CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, was established in 2005 to further CapitaLand’s corporate social responsibility commitment to build a better future for underprivileged children. Its focus is to support programs for the shelter, education and healthcare needs of underprivileged children in Singapore and overseas. Every year, CapitaLand allocates up to 0.5% of its net profit to the Foundation. As one of the first foundations created by a Singapore real estate company, CHF leverages on CapitaLand’s extensive geographical footprint by identifying and supporting programs in overseas communities in which CapitaLand operates. About CapitaLand Group (www.capitaland.com) CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, the multi-local company's core businesses in real estate, hospitality and real estate financial services are focused in growth cities in Asia Pacific and Europe. The company's real estate and hospitality portfolio, which includes homes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments, spans more than 110 cities in over 20 countries. CapitaLand also leverages on its significant asset base, real estate domain knowledge, financial skills and extensive market network to develop real estate financial products and services in Singapore and the region. The listed entities of the CapitaLand Group include Australand, CapitaMalls Asia, CapitaMall Trust, CapitaCommercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaRetail China Trust, CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust and Quill Capita Trust.
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