The Vientiane Education and Sport Department, Honda New Chip Xeng Co., Ltd. and Dutch Mill Co., Ltd. have come together to donate 470,000 Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) cartons of milk to over 3,400 schoolchildren in Vientiane.
A ceremony was held last Monday to mark the start of the project, attended by Vice President of the Honda New Chip Xeng Co., Ltd., Mr Saneu Chounramany, who took part in personally handing out milk cartons to the children.
The project spans a six month period and covers nine schools in Sangthong, Sikhottabong, Xaythany and Pakngum districts.
Speaking at the donation ceremony, Mr Saneu said it is necessary to raise children’s awareness about the importance of drinking milk every day, together with exercising and sport, for the growth of healthy bodies.
He said the donation was supported by Dutch Mill Co., Ltd., who plan to promote health and nutrition in Lao schools by increasing milk consumption to stimulate growth and strengthen children’s bones.
Regarding the vision of our company, we wish to see all people living healthily, especially when it comes to children. We are glad to be partnering with Dutch Mill in the provision of valuable resources, which promote good health and nutrition, Mr Saneu said.
A senior official from the Sangthong Education and Sports office, Mr Bou Kham-Ai, said The project’s support by the private sector has made the government policy of providing milk to schools possible. The government already had plans to implement a similar project but faced many challenges in terms of budget.
Our wish is to see Honda New Chip Xeng Co., Ltd. provide milk to other schools in Sangthong because the district is poor and children in many schools still lack good health and nutrition, Mr Bou Kham-Ai said.
According to the department, the project was agreed upon last June, marked by a signing ceremony between the Vientiane Education and Sports Department, Honda New Chip Xeng Co., Ltd. and Dutch Mill Co., Ltd.
Source: Vientiane Times