Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam, 10 July 2015 – Laguna Lăng Cô officially launches the Seedlings Mentorship scholarship program for underprivileged youths in Thua Thien Hue Province. The launch event and scholarship presentation ceremony was attended by representatives from the Hue Department of Education, the 4 students’ family, teachers and classmates, as well as Laguna Lăng Cô’s management and associates.
The event marks the official 2015 launch of the Seedlings Mentorship scholarship program by Banyan Tree Group in Laguna Lang Co, Vietnam, with 4 young students aged 12 to 14 from Phu Loc and Kim Long, Thua Thien Hue. The children are all good students at risk of leaving the educational system due to difficult family situations. Laguna Lăng Cô will support all school fees and school supplies, together with Laguna Lăng Cô associates acting as mentors who will guide and inspire the young students in their formative years until age 18.
“Coming from Banyan Tree Group’s core value being sustainable development, this long-term program aims to bring a brighter future to underprivileged young talents, helping them become successful adults in society,” said Phan My Chi – Laguna Lăng Cô’s Director of Operation and the head of the Seedlings Mentorship program.
With the ambition to create a foundation for young local talents, in 2007 Banyan Tree Group established the Seedlings Mentorship Program for children at risk of leaving the educational system. Every year, each Banyan Tree Group hotel sponsors 2 local underprivileged youths, and each youth will be supported by a mentor from the hotel’s staff. The program is special in that it is a long term commitment, supporting individuals for a 6-year period, during their formative years (12 – 18). From 2007, Seedlings Mentorship has supported 71 children in over 6 countries such as Thailand, Mexico, and Indonesia.
As a socially responsible business, Banyan Tree, the developer of Laguna Lăng Cô integrated resort, was founded with the core value of driving sustainable development. Banyan Tree Global Foundation was established in 2009 with the call to arms of embracing the environment and empowering the people. Seedlings Mentorship along with upcoming programs not only sustains Banyan Tree’s position as a leading CSR practitioner in the hospitality industry, but also ratifies Banyan Tree’s long-held values of being a responsible world corporate citizen.