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Phu Hoa Kindergarten in Binh Dinh province’s Tay Son district is under the umbrella of the Cargill Cares fund, an ongoing employee-led initiative which began in 1997. It brings the total number of Cargill Cares schools in Vietnam to 58.
The new VND1.4 billion ($65,000) kindergarten will benefit 200 children from low-income families whose lives Cargill hopes to enrich through early childhood education. It is fitted with three classrooms, a staff room, utilities and a kitchen.
Education is one of the pillars of Cargill’s community assistance programmes and it has a long-term goal to build 75 such schools in Vietnam by 2015 to educate some 17,000 children.
So far, Cargill’s employees, suppliers and customers have raised VND63 billion ($3 million), which has enabled more than 13,000 Vietnamese children to attend schools built by the company in 41 provinces across the country.
Cargill Vietnam was formed in 1995 by Cargill, an American producer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.