March 2016:
Volunteer Expedition to CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School
On 5 March 2016, over 50 CapitaLand staff volunteers and senior management embarked on a five-day volunteer expedition to CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School located in Phu Tho Province, one of the most impoverished provinces in Vietnam.

The school provides close to 200 pupils from surrounding villages with education from Grade 1 to 5, equivalent to that offered by primary schools in Singapore. CapitaLand staff volunteers helped build more toilets and sheltered walkways to cater to the growing pupil population, cemented damaged walls, and refurbished the library with more shelves, which were filled with books gathered from the local community through a book donation drive organised by CapitaLand staff in Vietnam. A series of educational activities, including sports sessions, art and craft workshops, and CapitaLand’s signature Little Architect Programme, were also organised for the pupils.

CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School was built in 1975, and classes were previously conducted out of makeshift classrooms made from clay and leaves. In 2011, CHF donated VND2.2 billion to fund the construction of new school buildings and facilities, including a two-storey block with 10 classrooms, a library-cum-reading room, and upgraded equipment for outdoor activities. CapitaLand organised an expedition to the school in 2011 to put the finishing touches to the refurbished school and to welcome the children from the surrounding villages into their new learning environment. Since then, our local staff have regularly visited the school to better understand the needs of the students and the community.

Watch a video of the expedition