Serviced residence owner-operated recently provided more than $10,000 to improving education environments, retrofitting houses, and providing other relief to more than 400 underprivileged school children in Vietnam.
Since the beginning of this year The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has donated a total of VND230 million ($10,706) worth of relief, for retrofitting houses and improving education, to more than 400 underprivileged children and the poor in Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai and Nam Dinh provinces. Donations include contributions from Ascott's employees and its residents at the Somerset Serviced Residences in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The initiatives are part of the Ascott's commitment to give back to the communities where it operates.
On January 14 Ascott's Somerset Chancellor Court handed over four retrofitted houses to the poor in Binh Khanh commune in Ho Chi Minh City's Can Gio district. Costing VND80 million ($3,724), the project will go a long way towards rebuilding the lives of underprivileged children and their families in the commune.
On February 1 Somerset Serviced Residences in Hanoi, in carrying out their aim of supporting disadvantaged children at Yen Loc A Primary School in Nam Dinh province, organized a day trip to the school to clean, paint and varnish furniture and to bring school supplies to its 300 students. Over 50 residents and associates of Somerset Serviced Residences Hanoi and CapitaLand Vietnam participated in the meaningful day. Apart from helping with renovations, the residents and staff also spent time engaging with the students and teaching them origami.
This was a fitting finale to the many fund raising activities carried out by Somerset Serviced Residences in Hanoi for this purpose, including car and bike washes and sales of "pencil of promise" handmade crafts by associates. Through the generosity and effort of all residents and associates, a total of more than VND110 million ($5,120) was raised for the school, which was used to rebuild two classrooms and purchase school supplies and necessary equipment.
On February 10, meanwhile, some 20 staff and residents from Ho Chi Minh City's Somerset Serviced Residences visited the Dieu Phap orphanage in Dong Nai province to provide relief to more than 100 children and elderly people housed there. This assistance included basic necessities such as food, toys and books, worth VND40 million ($1,862).
"Reaching out to the community and helping underprivileged children is one of the ways Ascott is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Vietnam," said Ms. Lew Yen Ping, Ascott's Area Manager in Hanoi. "These efforts reinforce Ascott's commitment to promote social growth and the development of underprivileged children in their education, healthcare and shelter needs."
Ascott has also embarked on a number of initiatives to extend assistance to various communities. In Vietnam it has donated school supplies to underprivileged children from orphanages such as Cam Phong, Truyen Tin, and Phap Duyen and the Thuy An Rehabilitation Center. In addition, it has improved the study environment for children at Nang Yen CapitaLand Hope School in Phu Tho province, the Tan Hung A Primary School in Soc Trang province, and Tam Thanh Primary School in Ben Tre province, among others.
The Ascott Limited is a Singaporean company that has grown to be the world's largest international serviced residence owner-operator. It has over 26,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region, as well as over 12,000 units that are under development, for a total of more than 38,000 units in over 200 properties.