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Published on : Thursday, August 4, 2016
Worldhotels believes in the importance of community involvement and dedicates one day a year to giving back to society. This year, Loc Tho Orphanage and Charity School in Nha Trang, Vietnam was selected as the charity of choice. Worldhotels’ main objective was to assist in transforming the orphanage’s unused and uncultivated 1000sqm plot of land into a vegetable and fruit garden that will aid in the livelihood of the orphanage’s inhabitants.
Run by a group of nuns, Loc Tho Orphanage and Charity School provides meals and education for over 150 children daily whose families do not have the means to do so, is home to 15 orphans and runs solely on donations. The orphanage had a 1000sqm plot of land that remained in a stale and overgrown state due to the lack of funds and manpower needed to transform the land. That is, until Worldhotels came to support.
On 13 July 2016, over 65 individuals comprising of the Worldhotels APAC team, volunteers from three of our Vietnamese affiliate hotels – Amiana Resort, Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort & Spa and The Anam Villas, together with a group of students from Nha Trang University gathered and realised this year’s World Community Day project. With their combined efforts, the concept of a sustainable plot of land complete with a fully functioning greenhouse came to fruition and the nuns can now grow their own fresh produce for the children’s consumption.
This entire project however, would not have been possible without the dedicated students from Nha Trang University, who did the initial groundwork and cleared the overgrown vegetation and initial debris that was strewn across the 1000sqm of land. Tasks such as irrigation, tilling and the purchasing of raw materials for the project were also championed by the students before the arrival of the Worldhotels team. This coupled with our Vietnamese hoteliers who generously donated large quantities of non-perishables and clothes ensured that the children and nuns have lesser to worry about.
“This year’s World Community Day was one of the most taxing and physically demanding, and I cannot be prouder of my team, hoteliers and students who volunteered their time and effort, says Christina Spykerman, Worldhotels’ Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing in Asia Pacific. “Not only does this annual project keeps us grounded and allows us to be thankful and appreciative of what we already have, it helped foster team spirit amongst staff, hoteliers and the local community and more importantly, upholds Worldhotels’ maxim, Stronger Together.”