PRUDENTIAL STAFF VOLUNTEER FOR SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECT

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Staff and management from Prudential Cambodia take part in project to repair some of the country's local kindergartens

On the occasion of International Children's Day, staff from Prudential Cambodia volunteered their time to repaint the walls at Svay Teab Primary School, on the integrated Kindergarten building, in Kampong Cham province as part of their “Smile Together” initiative.

“Smile Together” is an unique initiative from Prudential Cambodia wherein the company has identified kindergartens, based on their own criteria and advice from their partner Save the Children, in need of considerable improvement of the facilities and basic infrastructure to provide a better learning environment for the children.

Under this initiative volunteers will carry out repairs and renovate the classrooms, toilets, walls and roofs of the selected schools, while additional resources for the libraries will be provided in some of the selected schools. The work will be funded through donations received from almost 300 of Prudential Cambodia’s staff and management.

At Svay Teab, kindergarten pupils had to attend classes in an old building with holes in the roof. Through the “Smile Together” project, Prudential staff wanted to make a difference.

The initiative will see volunteers from Prudential staff and management carry out repairs and renovation work at up to four local kindergartens – contributing to improving the school environment which benefits more than 1,500 pupils.

Svay Teab primary school, integrated kindergarten, was just the first school to benefit from the “Smile Together” project. Prudential staff worked with Save the Children to identify other schools in need of renovation. Repair work at other kindergartens will begin in the coming weeks.

Prudential Cambodia's work with children and in education is not new. Through the Prudence Foundation, the company has already partnered with Save the Children on the “First Read” project, which has benefited more than 75,000 children and adults in three Cambodian provinces. It also launched the Khmer version of “Cha-Ching”, a financial literacy educational video series campaign for kids, and has been involved in funding Chevening Scholarships that allow bright young Cambodians to study in the UK.

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