The morning of the 18th of September 2019 at Watwanghin School, Na Yai Am district, Chantaburi province seemed livelier than ever because all teachers and pupils knew that they had an opportunity to welcome generous people from Ford Thailand who would help renovate the school building and surrounding facilities to promote a learning-enabling environment for children.
After the school morning assembly, Mr Vinko Saric, Ford Thailand Manufacturing Plant Manager, arrived with more than a hundred volunteers from Ford Thailand. Dr Bunjongsek Supsopha, Assistant National Director – Marketing and Fundraising, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), and Mr Uthit Saengphong, Director of Watwanghin School, along with the school teachers and pupils and WVFT staff, extended a warm welcome through three performances of kindergarten and primary school pupils that put smiles on the visitors’ faces and eased their travel fatigue. After that, everyone joined the Child Quality of Life Development activity, which was carried out by Ford Thailand and WVFT under the Literacy Hand in Hand (LHH) project, corresponding to Ford’s 2019 Global Caring Month, which is the corporate’s worldwide CSR campaign.
Mr Vinko Saric and volunteers from Ford participates in different bases of sub-activities, including repainting the school building and canteen, constructing drainage around the building and canteen to prevent rainwater from overflowing into the classrooms and the canteen on the ground floor, replacing the worn-out gutters with the new ones to allow the school to utilise rainwater for consumption, and handing over playground equipment and educational materials to the school.
Mr Vinko Saric said that this was a way how Ford gave back to the community. The company always looks at the way it works, the people it works with, and the surrounding communities. “I’m very proud of what the team is doing. I love doing this sort of things for the communities. We have always wanted to partner with World Vision. We have done this since 2015. We want to continue this because when we partnership, we can grow. We will share this with other factories. I think they’d like to do something like this as well”.
Mr Uthit Saengphong, Director of Watwanghin School, revealed how he felt: ‘The activity today is amazing. It greatly benefits the school and pupils. I’m so thankful that Ford Thailand and WVFT have chosen to partner for our school’s restoration’.
It has been 5 consecutive years since Ford Thailand and WVFT started their partnership for improved child well-being. Ford has continued paying back to the community with the belief in the volunteer spirit that everyone can make a difference and create sustainability for communities and people.