Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life

by AIP Foundation
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life

To further provide road safety education and quality helmets for young road users across Vietnam, AIP Foundation has geared towards #GivingTuesday2021 with the message of empowerment to all of our friends and partners. In this difficult global context, we feel that #GivingTuesday is even more important to support our vulnerable communities.

As part of the growing legacy of the Helmets for Kids Program, AIP Foundation with support from Johnson & Johnson, continues to expand one of our signature programs to another three new schools in Thai Nguyen city. These project schools are located in areas at high risk for crashes. The expansion was launched with an orientation workshop and teacher training co-hosted by our Government partners in the province.

65 dedicated teachers from 13 project schools in the region gathered for the orientation workshop and training. The training provided an opportunity to increase the teachers’ expertise and skills on proper helmet use, by learning various head sizes measurement methods. The purpose of the training was also to introduce interactive teaching methods on Road Safety, especially on helmet safety. Teachers were introduced to educational materials on helmet safety that will be distributed in the project schools. After the training, the teachers shared that they felt better equipped to safeguard every student from the dangers of the road, and inspired to promote road safety to their students by imparting the life-saving skills they learned. 

This expansion comes as a testament of trust from our partner in the progress we have made in road safety, as well as a reminder that there is still work to be done to ensure our young generations are well equipped and empowered as smart road users. To celebrate with us, please click here to see how you can make a difference. 

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Students participate in Helmet handover ceremony
Students participate in Helmet handover ceremony

AIP Foundation and Vietnam Garments Manufacturing Limited recently concluded the Helmets for Kids project in Vinh Phuc province, Viet Nam. Through a span of 8 months from November 2020 - June 2021, we have reached a total of 1.3 million people with our awareness raising activities and directly supported 658 students, 32 teachers with our road safety interventions. A total of 436 helmets were also donated to the students and teachers. As the program came to an end, we collected our beneficiaries feedback and received many positive and encouraging reflections on the program’s impact and our work.     

A student from Son Loi A Primary school shared: “I was always feeling unsafe when going to school, because the school is located near a road with many trucks and cars. Sometimes I walked to school, sometimes I got on motorbike. Lots of my friends who ride bicycles are truly facing traffic risks every single day. When taking part in the project, students of Son Loi A primary school are aware that helmet wearing is a must not only for motorbikes but also for bicycles to help prevent head injuries. The helmet is a gift that my classmates and I will always cherish… Besides, the Helmet Handover Ceremony was so wonderful ”. 

Ms. Ngo Thi Lan, principal of Son Loi A Primary school also wrote to us that: “I believe that helmet wearing needs to become a habit of people, especially children. Thanks to the project, our students got beautiful helmets that they would treasure as their close friends for years. Our teachers also benefited from learning how to communicate with children about the importance of helmet wearing via “edutainment” activities ”.

Their sharings add to the concrete testament for the work AIP Foundation has achieved on the ground to bring safer roads across Asia, and are genuine inspiration for us to continue fighting for our cause. As road safety is not a problem that can be solved in a day, but one that requires consistent effort and active participation, visit our website here to see how you can support to ensure safe roads for every child. 

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Students received awards from NTSC and VNG
Students received awards from NTSC and VNG

Helmets for Kids program recently celebrated its significant and impactful alliance with leaders from the community of Binh Xuyen District, Vinh Phuc Province - a major industrial zone in Northern Vietnam, at its Helmet Handover ceremony at Son Loi A Primary School on April 8th,  2021. Since 2001, AIP Foundation has implemented Helmets for Kids across Vietnam to prepare the next generation of road users to be responsible leaders in road safety while equipping them with the necessary tools and knowledge to commute safely. 

Helmets for Kids (HFK) focuses on increasing helmet use among children in areas where road crash and injury risks are prevalent, but preventative actions are lacking. HFK improves road safety knowledge, provides high-quality helmets to students, and trains teachers at program schools on road safety, and educates parents who reinforce their children’s road safety behaviors. This comprehensive approach ensures communities are better prepared to avoid road crashes and preventable medical costs, which would force them into deeper poverty. 

Since its inception in Vinh Phuc Province in 2018, nearly 1,400 students have received helmets to keep them safe going to and from school through the Helmets for Kids program. Read on to learn more about the program and what we have achieved together over the years.

 

Vietnamese garment factory personally gives back to the community

April 8, 2021

BINH XUYEN DISTRICT, Vietnam—April 8, 2021

Binh Xuyen District is at the epicenter of Vietnam’s northern industrial zone, leaving a significant part of the population at risk as they commute into the District for work. Vietnam Garments Manufacturing, Ltd. (VNG) has been taking the lead in mitigating these risks with AIP Foundation by delivering safety equipment and imparting road safety skills for over 400 students, teachers, and school administrators through the Helmets for Kids (HFK) program at Son Loi A Primary School.

Located in Vinh Phuc Province, Binh Xuyen connects four national highways, thus making it a popular “industrial zone” and where VNG happens to operate. While this makes it ideal for big businesses, it’s less ideal for young people who face barriers on their commute to school as they try and navigate safely using roads where vehicles traveling well past speed limits. VNG is on a mission to find sustainable solutions as they recognize the risks road users face.

“We’re proud to lead the Helmets for Kids program with AIP Foundation for the past several years. We’ve been able to support families and communities by preparing the next generation of road users to be responsible leaders in road safety. We hope that the program will encourage not only primary school students, but also their parents and the community to do the same” Managing Director of VNG, Mr. Kevin Zheng shared.

Mr. Nguyen Trong Thai, Chief Secretariat of National Traffic Safety Committee said at the event, “I would like to request all teachers to instruct and remind students to follow the regulations of traffic safety law and to wear a helmet when commuting by motorbike or electric bicycle. I also suggest to consistently monitor and ensure the rate of wearing helmets remains stable. I encourage parents to create a habit of wearing helmets for your children, and always remember the message ‘love your child, wear a helmet’ for the safety of our children.”

To read the full press release, please click here 

To view more photos, please click here

 

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A ceremony was held on December 3, 2020 to hand over quality helmets to students and teachers at special needs Bình Minh Primary School in Hà Noi, along with helmet-wearing tutorials and road safety training, as part of Helmet for Kids programme by the AIP Foundation to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

This year’s theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back Better,” and the primary focus is to create a more disability-inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world.

Please see below for more information about the event:


Students receiving helmet wearing instructions and enthusiastically take part in practicing.

Special needs students and their teachers receive quality helmets and road safety training during International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2020

HANOI, Vietnam – December 3, 2020

To commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, AIP Foundation organized a Helmets for Kids program donation event today at Binh Minh Primary School, an educational institution dedicated to serving children with special needs.  Participating students and teachers at Binh Minh Primary School received helmets from Protec, whose own workforce includes a large number of team members with special needs. Students also received a helmet-wearing tutorial along with road safety training.

This year’s theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back Better,” whose primary focus is to create a more disability-inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world. The U.S. government has taken concrete strides in reducing physical and social barriers for people with disabilities in Vietnam by providing nearly $125 million of support since 1989. The Government of Vietnam has also made improving the well-being of people with disabilities a high priority of national interest. Between 2012 and 2020, the Government of Vietnam has spent over $13 million annually to support for persons with disabilities in accordance with Decision 1019. In August 2020 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also signed a decision to continue support programs for persons with disabilities for 2021-2030.

The Helmets for Kids program has been a signature project of AIP Foundation since its launch during the historic U.S. presidential visit to Vietnam in 2000. Since its inception, 1 million helmets have been distributed through Helmets for Kids to primary students throughout Vietnam. This project has served as a continued reminder of the importance of U.S.-Vietnam relations, with a particular focus on proper road safety education and helmet-wearing. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink and Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc joined the event to express their solidarity and support for the program.

Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink participated in this event by delivering remarks, distributing helmets as well as enthusiastically taking part in the helmet-wearing tutorial with participating students. Against the backdrop of the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations, Ambassador Kritenbrink’s participation in the engagement demonstrated steadfast U.S. support for social inclusion initiatives in Vietnam while bolstering U.S.-Vietnam people-to-people ties. Ambassador Kritenbrink expressed his sincere appreciation to the AIP Foundation, Protec, UPS, and AA Vietnam for continuing to implement this meaningful and life-changing event year after year while highlighting the transformational impact that their efforts have had.

“This is precisely why the U.S. Mission in Vietnam is so delighted to partner with AIP Foundation, Protec and UPS to distribute helmets to vulnerable communities across Vietnam while equipping them with the life-preserving knowledge they need to remain safe as they transit Vietnam’s roadways,” Ambassador  Kritenbrink stated while highlighting the fact that Vietnamese commuters are much safer and more cognizant than they have ever been of the paramount importance of wearing helmets and practicing road traffic safety thanks to the efforts of these organization.

Vietnam’s Ambassador to the United States Hà Kim Ngoc, who joined the event virtually from Washington, D.C., said “Over the past 25 years since the establishment of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations, the Vietnamese people and children have received a lot of support from U.S. NGOs, including AIP Foundation, together with the Administration, Congress and business community. We very much appreciate that Mr. Greig Craft and the AIP Foundation have made a lot of efforts in raising the awareness of road safety and providing helmets to many schools in Viet Nam. Nowadays, the Vietnamese school-children have become the change agents for a society of safer road users.”

To read the full press release, please click here.

To view more photos, please click here.

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AIP Foundation continued this month to raise awareness on the importance of helmet use through its Safety Delivered Program supported by The UPS Foundation since 2017. Safety Delivered is engaging students in conversations about road safety in a creative manner; such as multimedia campaigns that involve the airing of AIP Foundation’s public service announcement, “Love your child, provide a helmet,” a moving video of a child on a motorcycle with her parents while not wearing a helmet.  The campaign goes to show that it’s never too early to engage children on safe road habits, and through awareness-raising activities through media to promote sustainable, safer road habits at schools in the communities.

Read more below for further information in this regard, as well as watch our PSA video through the web links provided.

Safety Delivered's "3 steps, be safe" video features Ngân Chi.
Kick-starting the school year in Vietnam with a helmet safety public service announcement

September 16, 2020

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam—September 16, 2020

On the official “first day” back at school in Vietnam and in recognition of Vietnam’s annual traffic safety month in September, Safety Delivered, a program implemented by AIP Foundation and supported by The UPS Foundation, released a new PSA video, “u ba buoc, ruoc bình an,” or “3 steps, be safe.” The PSA reached nearly 80,000 users and received over 43,000 views on Safety Delivered’s Facebook page in just the first 4 days.

Millions of children will make their journey to and from school by motorbike, the most common form of transportation in Vietnam. Motorbike riders and children are the most vulnerable road users. While helmet use is compulsory, proper helmet use is still a challenge. The PSA uses a fun song and dance where the roles are switched between parent and child to playfully remind students, parents, and community members of the 3 steps to ensure proper helmet use.

Later in September, the Safety Delivered program, with support from the Department of Education and Training, will host a contest inviting students from Ho Chi Minh City and Thai Nguyen province to compete with a dance cover of the song.

To watch the video in Vietnamese, please click here.

To watch the video in English, please click here.

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