From August 5th to the 9th, the Overseas Volunteering Team of Samsung C&T conducted overseas volunteering activities at Dala Primary School No. 8 located in the southern part of Yangon City, the capital city of Myanmar.
Most of the residents in Dala, visited by Samsung C&T, have a daily income of USD 1.9, which is far below the poverty line set by the World Bank. In particular, infrastructure such as water and sewage system is very poor that most of the residents are dependent on water from rain and wells for daily living. Moreover, only a third of the households have access to electricity.
The Overseas Volunteering Team consisting of a total of 40 persons, including family members of the employees of Samsung C&T, started activities to improve the infrastructure of the elementary school in Dala along with international relief development non-government organization (NGO), Plan International Korea and a local partner, Diamond Star Co., Ltd. The team repaired and improved the deteriorated facilities by installing water tanks, painting exterior walls, decorating notice board and walls, and built shoe shelves. In addition, they also conducted activities to provide a safe education environment.
This year marks the 8th year for the overseas volunteering activities by Samsung C&T Corporation Trading & Investment group, which began in 2011 in India. The employees of Samsung C&T have voluntarily participated in these activities with their family members at the expense their personal vacation every year.
“Although it was different from any conventional holiday of looking forward to a relaxing and comfortable experience, I had a meaningful time with my daughter feeling the joy of sharing, also feeling rewarded when I saw school facilities become clean”, said General Manager Alphonso Jung from the Project Division, who participated in the volunteering activity with his daughter in middle school.