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|The Helmets for Kids programme has been a signature project of AIP Foundation since its launch during the historic US presidential visit to Vietnam in 2000|
Participating students and teachers at Binh Minh primary school received helmets from Protec, whose own workforce includes a large number of team members with special needs. Students also received a helmet-wearing tutorial along with road safety training.
The Helmets for Kids programme has been a signature project of AIP Foundation since its launch during the historic US presidential visit to Vietnam in 2000. Since its inception, 1 million helmets have been distributed through Helmets for Kids to primary students throughout Vietnam. This project has served as a continual reminder of the importance of US-Vietnam relations, with a particular focus on proper road safety education and helmet-wearing.
US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink participated in this event by distributing helmets as well as enthusiastically taking part in the helmet-wearing tutorial with participating students.
Ambassador Kritenbrink expressed his sincere appreciation to the AIP Foundation, Protec, UPS, and AA Vietnam for continuing to implement this meaningful and life-changing event year after year while highlighting the transformational impact that their efforts have had.
Vietnam’s Ambassador to the United States Ha Kim Ngọc, said, “We very much appreciate the efforts of Greig Craft and AIP Foundation to raise awareness of road safety and provide helmets to many schools in Vietnam. Vietnamese school-children are now the change agents for a society of safer road users.”
Protec and AIP Foundation donated 2,500 medical masks for students, teachers, and parents in a special handover between Protec’s workers and Binh Minh Primary School’s students.
The Helmets for Kids programme has benefited from the generous support of many US corporations including UPS as well as from grants provided by the US. Each year, AIP Foundation and Protec also donate helmets to the US Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam’s Scholarship Program.
AIP Foundation is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to preventing road injuries and fatalities in low and middle-income countries. For more than 20 years, AIP Foundation has been delivering effective road safety programmes in locations across Asia and Africa.
Protec is a social enterprise established by AIP Foundation producing ethically-sourced helmets and face masks. Protec has a factory in Vinh Phuc, Vietnam and an extensive distribution network all across the country. Its profits are reinvested into the local community to improve people’s lives in Asia.