CSR Initiative at UD Trucks Thailand: Giving back to the local community5/23/18
On 7th May 2018, UD Trucks Thailand in association with Jamlongchai Concrete (UD Trucks customer) extended financial support to Ban Dongkean School to help them rebuild their facilty.
UD Trucks Thailand chose to share the seasonal gift awarded to them for project “Make a dream for going the extra mile” with the Ban Dongkean school which had experienced loss of educational facilities on account of a fire that burnt down their classrooms in April. The handover ceremony was attended by UD Trucks Thailand executives along with teachers, students and people from the local community near the school. As part of the project, UD Trucks Thailand team has also volunteered to provide repair service for old and broken bicycles of the neighbors.
Wilaiwan Niruttikun, Ban Dongkaen school principle said “The fire happened on 3rd April 2018 and everyone was devastated because this means 91 students have no place to study and we also lost a number of educational facilities. I would like to thank the Volvo Group, UD Trucks and Jamlongchai Concrete on behalf of students and teachers for this project. We all are happy and appreciate what is being provided as education is important for children.”
The small Ban Dongkaen School, with a total of 91 students and 11 teachers, is located in the northeastern region of Thailand and provides kindergarten and primary education. One of the school’s buildings, built in 1923, was destroyed due to an electrical mishap. 7 classrooms including the media room with desktop computers, televisions for visual classroom and satellite dish was burnt down. Fortunately, there was no casualty because the incident happened during the school break.
As part of CSR initiatives supported by the Volvo Group, UD Trucks Thailand led by Kamlarp Sirikittiwatn, Managing Director of GTA&JVs Sales Hub Thailand and Helen Savmyr, Senior Vice President of GTA&JVs Operations in association with Jamlongchai Concrete contributed 2 million Thai baht to build a recreational area and provide educational equipment to the school. The objective is to support the wellbeing of students by building a futsal field and providing educational media equipment (6 units of Microscopes, 12 sets of desktop computers & monitors and 6 units of 49” LED televisions for distance learning class.)
During the handover ceremony, Kamlarp Sirikittiwatn stated, “We, UD Trucks Thailand, are very proud to be a part of this CSR project. There is no doubt that children are the key foundation for future development of the country and it is very important to provide them with what they need for their education. We are “Going the Extra Mile” by not just providing them educational equipment but also building them the futsal field which is not only for the students but also the people in the community to use for pursuing sports.”
“This is my first time visiting this part of the country and I am very happy to be here to support this school that has been through a tough time. At UD Trucks, we would like to “Make the difference” not just to customers, but also to society. And seeing our workshop mechanics repairing the bicycles and these kids are happily waiting to get their bicycle back reflects the above UD Trucks’ commitment pretty well.” added Helen Savmyr.
UD Trucks Thailand is proud to be a part of giving back to society and providing a quality life and happiness to the school children.