A group of 92 Microsoft Vietnam employees volunteered for a charity project on 10 August to help disadvantaged children at the Village of Hope centre, located in Danang City, Vietnam.  

Operated by nonprofit organisation East Meets West (EMW), the Village of Hope provides care and lodging for orphaned, abandoned and hearing-impaired children. To date more than 450 children have lived in the Village of Hope, and benefitted from the public donations that have been raised to support this centre. EMW also aims to provide these disadvantaged children with access to education and job training opportunities in order to help them integrate successfully into society.

To engage in closer interaction with the 134 children at the Village of Hope, the Microsoft volunteers arranged and took part in various recreational activities such as puzzles, sand painting and drawing. The volunteers also helped the children to build their foundations in basic information technology (IT) skills by teaching them how to use the computer and Microsoft® Office software.

The volunteers also held several outdoor sporting activities such as basketball, football and cycling, while some helped to brighten up the environment at the Village of Hope centre by painting fences in yellow. The children were also given traffic safety lessons and taught how to cross the road safely as pedestrians.

 

“Not only have the Microsoft volunteers brought lots of joy and happiness to the children through these enjoyable activities, they also helped to improve their lives by raising this generous donation. We really appreciate the time and effort they have put in to help the children,” said Mr Phan Thanh Vinh from the Village of Hope.