Responsibility

In Vietnam, the Bridge of Kindness sees students to school safely

In the rural district of Chợ Lách, in Vietnam, even travelling to school can be a risky undertaking. In fact, most of its bridges are fragile, often time-worn structures of wood or bamboo which can put people’s safety at risk, particularly during monsoon season. As local authorities were unable to carry out restorations, Menarini Vietnam and its employees helped fund the reconstruction of the old Bé Sâu bridge, built in 1962. A gift which earned it the name Bridge of Kindness. Menarini Vietnam worked together with the Ho Chi Minh Association for Poor Patients in organising a range of initiatives to raise donations for the construction of the cement bridge, which is 28 metres long and 3 metres wide. The campaign was highly successful and the official inauguration, which took place on 9 December 2019, was a great celebration for the entire community, attended by residents and local authorities. Thanks to the new bridge, 1,000 children can now go to school safely every day, rain or shine. At last, everyone can travel with peace of mind.

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