- Partnership is a key aspect of DHL’s group-wide GoTeach program, which aims to improve the employability of young people by preparing them for the world of work.
- The main highlights of this year’s program include virtual mentoring sessions, professional training and DHL scholarships.
- Collaboration between DHL and SOS Children’s Villages will be extended for five years until 2026
HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – Media reach – July 1, 2021 – In Vietnam, DHL celebrates the tenth anniversary of its partnership with SOS Children’s Villages (SOS), the largest non-governmental organization focused on supporting children who have lost custody of their parents or are at risk of losing it, such as orphans, abandoned children and those in particularly difficult circumstances. Launched in 2011, this collaboration is part of GoTeach, an Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) initiative of Deutsche Post DHL Group (“DPDHL Group” or the “Group”) which improves the employability of young people living in socially disadvantaged conditions due to poverty, loss of loved ones or escaping disaster, preparing them with the skills needed to make a successful transition to the world of work.
“This is an important step in our successful journey with SOS Children’s Villages and we are encouraged by the positive impact the program has had on young people and the wider community in Vietnam,” said Laurence. Cheung, Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. “Over the years, we have touched the lives of over 760 young people in Vietnam and around 85% of them have since gone to higher education institutions and got their first job. It is important that we stay the course so that more can benefit.
In addition to the annual “Fulfill my Dream” competition to be held in July 2021 to encourage young people to illustrate their aspirations, DHL will continue to engage with SOS to personalize programs that can benefit young people. Sreijan Dhasmana, Acting Country Director, DHL eCommerce Solutions, said: “This year we will continue to offer scholarships to 20 qualified students for university education and run Youthlink – our regular series of virtual training sessions led by DHL volunteers who will share their work experiences, provide career advice and discuss specific topics to help young people make the smooth transition from school to work. “
“These programs are specifically designed to help our young people meet the challenges of the world of work, and this is particularly critical given the impact of the pandemic,” said Drew Duncan, managing director of DHL Supply Chain, Vietnam. “Most of them may feel more anxious than before, so I am proud of my team who dedicate their time to mentor and support these young people in the development of their skills. “
This partnership with SOS Children’s Villages will be extended until 2026, and each year, SOS Children’s Villages and DHL will conceptualize key aspects of the programs, tailored to meet the changing needs of society and the community, taking into account of the main challenges of the real world.
Le Minh Giang, national director of SOS Children’s Villages of Vietnam added: “Young people between the ages of 15 and 39 represent almost 50 percent Vietnamese workforce and, therefore, it is relevant to increase their preparation for the world of work. This will be a group of people who will have a lot to contribute to fueling positive economic growth in the country. The strong partnership with DHL over the past decade provides a constant for these young people when it could often be fraught with uncertainties. Our children greatly appreciate their efforts and I speak for everyone when I say that we look forward to working with the DHL team for years to come. “
DHL Express Vietnam General Manager and Country Manager Bernardo Bautista said: “DHL volunteers are delighted to continue participating in the program over the next five years and beyond, so that more young people can succeed in the world. labor market. As a country with a large young population, Vietnamese youth will play a key role in the country’s economic transformation, and it is important that we support and facilitate this change. “
As part of its new sustainability roadmap Launched in March of this year, the DPDHL Group is committed to further expanding its social contribution to society in the years to come. This also extends to the expansion of the GoTeach program, which is now underway in nearly 60 countries since its launch in 2009. In Asia-Pacific, more than 600 DHL volunteers in 2020 have carried out several initiatives, including mentoring, job training, resume writing, internships and youth camps, benefiting nearly 2,500 young people across the region.
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About SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam
Officially present in Vietnam since 1987, SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam is a non-profit and non-religious organization, which works for the reception and education of orphans, abandoned children and children in difficult circumstances. SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam operates with 71 projects / programs, including 17 villages, 16 youth centers, 16 nursery schools, 12 Hermann Gmeiner schools, 01 vocational school, 01 vocational training workshop, 07 family strengthening programs, 01 national office and training center. 71 SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam projects / programs located in 17 cities / provinces, including Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Dien Bien, Phu Tho, Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Binh Dinh, Gia Lai, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong, Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Tre and Ca Mau.
As of 12/31/2020, the total number of children cared for is 6,566. Currently, there are 1,912 in 233 family homes, 606 in youth centers and 558 living outside (in university or residential homes). in shelters for studies and semi-independence). So far, 3,490 children are socially integrated. In 2020, 17 SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam welcomed 189 new children. In addition, the SOS family strengthening program is operational in 07 provinces (Thai Binh, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Lam Dong, Ben Tre, Ca Mau) for children who have lost or are at risk of losing custody. parental. SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam supports 1,672 families as part of the SOS family strengthening program.
For more information, please visit: https://sosvietnam.org/