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The project, part of ActionAid’s “Small Bricks – Big Changes” programme, donated tables, chairs, bookshelves and four sets of computers pre-loaded with library software as well as books, and study materials to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu primary schools in Dak Lak, and Tran Van On Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City. Honeywell Hometown Solutions provided a grant of $25,000 to fund the programme, which aims to improve the quality of education for at least 10,000 poor children by the end of 2017.
“As a technology and innovation company, we recognise the value of education, and hope that our assistance provides a more productive learning environment for the children at these schools, who will go on to have a positive impact in their communities,” said Briand Greer, president of Honeywell Aerospace Asia-Pacific.
According to Mai Trang Thanh, president of Honeywell Vietnam, as the Vietnamese government is moving towards a strong IT-led country in 2020, there will be numerous challenges in terms of rapid industrialisation and modernisation, increased infrastructural demands, and a sharp learning curve in education and human resources.
“With our project today, Honeywell hope to make a meaningful contribution by providing computers and other necessary materials for poor children,” said Thanh. “And by introducing Honeywell’s leading technologies to Vietnam, we aim to build this country up into a safer and more secure, more comfortable and energy efficient, and more innovative and productive society.”
Honeywell provides aerospace products and services, control technologies for buildings, homes and industry, turbochargers, and performance materials. Honeywell has offices in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and has been providing the Vietnamese market with technologies from all four streams.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions is the company’s corporate citizenship initiative that combines financial support through employee donations to improve schools, community centres, and other establishments that are important to communities.