Holcim Vietnam: Durian kindergarten in Ben Tre.

Holcim Vietnam: Durian kindergarten in Ben Tre

On 5 December 2006, typhoon Durian struck the southern coast of Vietnam, causing destruction and huge numbers of casualties in 12 southern provinces. As part of the national efforts to alleviate the effects of the damage, Holcim Vietnam chose to support a poor and remote area in the Ben Tre province by building a new kindergarten in My Thanh village in the Giong Trom district, using the damaged infrastructure of a primary school.

Holcim's involvement in the project was intended to produce a useful and lasting amenity to serve the community's needs and improve the quality of life for current and future residents in a poor, remote area.

At the first official meeting, the schools to be supported were selected and a project team was created from local officials, representatives from an educational organization, Holcim Vietnam's local official distributor and other members of Holcim Vietnam. The team finalized all administrative processes, duties and ground rules, and discussed building design, standards and safety requirements with a local building contractor. Village meetings were organized to inform the representatives of the local population about the project as it progressed, and to gather their comments and contributions.

Local TV covered the official opening of the new kindergarten in September 2007. It has been built in a remote area where before, children had only a primary school at their disposal, and parents are happy that pre-school education has reached the area. Holcim Vietnam not only built the kindergarten and provided furniture, but also wanted to provide a healthy environment for the children, organizing plants, toys, a playground and decent sanitation with clean water.