Holcim Vietnam, Vietnam: Building the first kindergarten in the Son Hai island commune.

Holcim Vietnam, Vietnam: Building the first kindergarten in the Son Hai island commune

The Son Hai island commune is a remote offshore commune of Kien Luong district, Vietnam, with inhabitants living scattered on three small islands. So far, there has been no appropriate kindergarten for local kids. Instead, they had a small dilapidated, humid room at their disposal, located in the Secondary school building. A petition letter sent out to different donors remained without feedback for several years until it reached Holcim Vietnam in May 2008. In line with the Group's CSR Policy, Holcim Vietnam identified the opportunity to help produce a useful and lasting amenity to serve the need of the community around the Hon Chong plant and terminal.

  • To promote the development of basic education in a remote and isolated area.
  • To meet future needs of the local community through a safe, healthy and accessible kindergarten in the Son Hai island commune.

In June 2009, Holcim Vietnam's CSR team, in coordination with the Hon Chong plant project section, conducted an initial survey for a needs assessment and had in-depth discussions with community representatives including those from the local district bureau of education. To ensure the involvement of all stakeholders in the planning and implementation phase, several trips to the island were undertaken before the final drawing was completed by the project team. The action plan was finalized in September and the construction started in November 2008. The kindergarten was built in 45 days, and operations were closely monitored by Holcim Vietnam staff and local people. The school was completed and handed over to the local community on December 27 as a gift for the New Year celebration of the local community.

This is the first appropriate kindergarten in the Son Hai island commune. From now on local children aged between three to five years can enjoy a decent, safe, and healthy one-classroom kindergarten with clean water and a sanitary system and with an adequate playground. There is sufficient space to train and to take care of approximately 50 children per year - a considerable contribution to the local effort of creating a solid platform for future social development.