(PNJ) –Many mixed emotions occurred among our staff during the trip Spring of Love to the Highland from 18 – 19/12. PNJ’s social and charity group felt proud and love their workplace even more.
Mrs. Cao Thi Ngoc Dung – PNJ General Director gave out gifts to the people of Mang Yang wards, Gia Lai province
700 gifts for Lak ward, Dak Lak province
Almost one month of preparation, the social charity group of PNJ started their first journey to Dak Lak province as part of the Spring of Love 2015 charity activities on 17th December.
After a long journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot city, on the morning of 18/12, we arrived to our first two locations in Bong Krang and Dak Phoi Commune of the Lak ward. Lak is one of the poorest wards in Dak Lak province, consists mostly ethnic people, with agriculture as the main source of income. The infrastructure is inadequate and many people live in hardship.
In cooperation with the Supporting Disability and Orphan Agency of Dak Lak province, we picked out a list of 450 families of disabilities, orphans and underprivileged in Bong Krang and surrounding communes. The wind was blowing heavily and the sky was dark when we arrived. Many people carried their babies, fully covered their heads and neck, come to receive the gifts.
Represented the Board of Management, Ms. Nguyen Thi Cuc – Deputy General Director – has shared “At the end of every year, PNJ always prepare charity gift for the Spring season. This year we choose Lak ward of Dak Lak, and other ward of Gia Lai, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai province. Today, the gift we give out has the value of 500 thousands VND, includes many necessities such as blanket, rain coat, rice and others… We hope that the small but full of heart gifts will bring a new lovely and warm season for everyone…”
At the Dak Phoi commune, our PNJ group gave out 250 gift bags. Mr. Vu Ngoc Pho –Deputy Minister of the People Committee of the commune stated “Dak Phoi is a heroic commune, contributed human resource for both of the liberations. The war has left a very negative consequence as Orange dioxin greatly affected the life of many people here…”
Ms. Hoang Thi Sai – of H’Mong people, who resides in Dak Hieu village, Dak Phoi commune said: “My husband and I work on the field to grow corn and rice with two crops per year. Each crop we sell the extra rice and corn for 1– 5 million vnd. Our 1 year old daughter, still breastfeed and eat rice, she like to drink milk but we can’t afford it …” Ms. Tran Thi Chen – another family in Pai Ar village – told us that her son Nguyen Duc Thinh, 14 years old, is cerebral palsy. She is currently working as the janitor for the office of Social Insurance for the Ward, with the income of 3 million vnd per month and has to take care of Thinh and his two younger siblings.
After giving out gift at the commune, Ms. Nguyen Thi Cuc, Ms. Dang Thi Lai – PNJ’s chief accountant and Ms. Nguyen Thi Van – the President of the Province’s Supporting Disability and Orphan Agency –come to visit the three families on our list. The condition of the mothers and children of Ms. H’Binh Dak Cat of the M’Nong people at Du Mah village made us so emotional: they live in torn up house with a 60 years old grandmother and two children: 10 years old daughter with disability and a three years old son. As the husband passed away, she is the main supporter of the family.
Gia Lai, the journey to “heaven gate” and beyond…
Early December 19th morning, we continue on with Spring of Love journey. PNJ’s Board of Management – included Mrs. Cao Thi Ngoc Dung, Mr. Nguyen Vu Pha, Mr. Le Huu Hanh and the social charity group of PNJ gave out 700 gifts to the people of Dac Doa, Mang Yang ward and two communes in S’Ro, Dak Ko Ning of the Kong Chro ward in Gia Lai Province. Our group has crossed more than 130km of windy road from the city of Pleiku to give the gifst directly to poor people. The new year gifts were contributed by almost 3.000 members of our PNJ family.
Gia Lai is the mountain province on the northern Highland in Middle of Vietnam. It has red bazan dirt geology, with 38 ethnic groups living together such as Gia Rai, Ba Na, Tay, Nung Muong, Thai, Dao, M’Nong, E De…
Giving out the first 200 gifts at the Ward Cultural Center of Dak Doa, Mrs. Cao Thi Ngoc Dung shared: “Our company’s Spring charity program this year received great support from the Women Committee of the Gia Lai Province. The gift is not much of value but full of our sympathy to the poor people, especially when the New Year is coming. Represent PNJ’s employees and charity foundation, we hope our small gifts will give everyone happiness in the end of the year. We wish every family has a full and happy life, soon to overcome poverty when the province economy develops…”
Later, our group arrived at Mang Yang ward to give out 200 gift bags at Women Committee Office at Mang Yang ward. Mang Yang means heaven gate in Gia Rai Language. The ward is named after the famous hill pass – the Mang Yang hill – on the national highway 19 within the ward municipal
The journey from km 87 from the Kon Dong commune of Mang Yang ward to the municipal of the Kong Chro ward took 3 hours due to under construction roads. The group gave 80 gifts to the poor people of Dak Song commune and 220 gifts to the S’Ro and Dak Ko Ninh commune. Kong Chro was separated from the ward of An Khe, Gia Lai province and is 30km south of An Khe province. This ward has very harsh weather conditions, especially the scarcity of the water in dry seaon. The ward is mostly populated by the Kinh, Ba Na and Gia Rai people… People live mainly by growing short-term yield plants such as sugar cane, cassava, corn, watermelon and chili…
When we return to the city of Pleiku on the evening of 19/12, perhaps the most memorable moment for our group was the time we spend together with the 80 families of the Dak Song commune of the Kong Chro ward. Many darken faces by the sun and wind, they hiked from many windy road, cross hills and river… to come and receive our gift, they come back on the heavy basket with joys.
Quiet contributions for the Spring of Love
The preparation tasks were well planned one month prior to our Spring of Love journey to the Highlands. Mr. Huynh van Tan – deputy Marketing director, contacted the province of Daklak and Gia Lai, with the support from PNJ branch in Buon Ma Thuot and the Businesswoman club of Gia Lai province.
A 10 tons truck load brought 1,400 gifts left early on the day of 16/12 to the far away wards in the two provinces in order to meet the delivery time. Prior to that, many company’s staff has gathered to pack all 1,400 gift bags. In order to have a list of gift which includes highly usable gifts, our team members had to take time to research and purchase from many suppliers. When we give gift, we need to give worthy gifts. This was the direction of our “Captain”.
Every time we reach the location, every member of the social charity group –includes the Board of Management –put out hard work, everyone of their own tasks, from putting the candy into the boxes, putting each item in the gift bags, to carry and hang banner, direct the people to receive the gift in a right order… When finished giving out the gift, the members of the group helped the people to carry the gift or help them to tie it up. We helped as much as we can – this is the PNJ spirit from our “Captain” – Mrs. Cao Thi My Dung
When participating in our company’s charity trip and see the joy on each of the poor people’s blackened face, we feel proud to be a member of the company with such charitable traditions. Our Board of Management considered charity as the responsibility of our company and not as public relation. During the trip, Mrs. Dung said in the interview with Gia Lai Television channel: “Every time we organize a trip, we always think of finding the right gifts for our people. We only hope that the economy will become stable, the country will improve so many of our people will overcome poverty and have a happy, fulfilling life…” This is the sincere wish which originate from her heart – a person who always cares about the life of thosw who needed help and always think about the new program for our company’s charity activities.