Maersk, Denmark’s shipping company, has made a gift in collaboration with Dariu Foundation (TDF). The gift is a library transformed from a 40-foot container to serve the Long Binh Dien Secondary School in Cho Gao District, Tien Giang province in Vietnam. The price of the project is VND250 million (US$11,717).
The library is first of its kind to help the school activities of children in the Mekong Delta. It is supplied by many books given as a gift by Maersk personnel and incorporates school books, dictionaries, science books and literature books. In addition six computers have been provided for the students to work with.
The inauguration ceremony of the container library has been carried out on January 10 at the School. Maersk has promised to give another VND12 million for students’ scholarship funding at the school. The money will de divided among 70 exceptional students to pay for their second semester tuition expenses.
According to sales general manager Nguyen Giang this is the first collaboration between Maersk and the Dariu Foundation in turning a container into a library to help Vietnamese students. The initiative has been greatly praised by Maersk’s personnel who have given away more than one thousand books.
The Dariu Foundation is headquartered in Switzerland and is a NGO operating in Vietnam since 2003. Its projects are based on microfinance and poor students’ scholarships. It also provides money for the construction of kindergartens and for computer and financial education with the use of mobile schools.