Henkel Enables Educational Opportunities for Underprivileged Children in China
As part of Henkel’s Make an Impact on Tomorrow (MIT) program, the company has recently donated funds to support students from the Xinchao Charity in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China. Henkel provided total 2011 tuition worth 36,000 Yuan and additional funds of 4,000 Yuan for supplies to help support the educational needs of underprivileged children being cared for in the Xinchao orphanage.
The MIT program is part of the company’s Henkel Smile orphan initiative, which was developed in association with the Xinchao Foundation of Jiangyin.
Bing Wu, global marketing VP of Henkel Electronics and Jing Tian, general manager of Henkel Huawei Electronics Co. Ltd., along with representatives from the Xinchao Foundation, the president of Xinchao Foundation, Weiding Shen, and Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Corporation chairman, Wang Xinchao, attended the June 30th ceremony and presented the generous contribution.
In total, 36 orphan students from the Xinchao Charity Class will benefit from the Henkel gift. All of these children, from second grade through to junior middle school, are from the Jiangsu Province and have lost their parents as a result of natural disaster or disease. With the funds contributed by Henkel, the charity will be able to provide some childhood normalcy and support the students’ educational needs. In addition to the care received at the orphanage, Henkel has also helped
facilitate some special activities for the children. Earlier this summer, for example, the students were invited to a summer camp in Lianyungang, China, where volunteers led by Jing Tian hosted several outings including tours of Lian Dao Island and Huaguo Mountain. Volunteer activities such as these will occur regularly, enabling the students to gain valuable life experiences.
“We are delighted to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause,” comments Tian. “Helping provide educational opportunities for these deserving children is absolutely our honor and we look forward with great anticipation to watching them develop into successful young adults.”
The vision of the Henkel Smile Project is to make an impact on tomorrow (MIT). Since 1998, when the MIT Foundation was established at Henkel’s headquarters in Germany, it has attracted 8,000 employers from 110 countries and helped facilitate over 4,000 programs. Henkel is firmly committed to bettering its communities through volunteerism and social charity activism, upholding its promise to leverage its global presence to support those in need.
Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: Laundry & Home Care, Cosmetics/Toiletries and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 48,000 people and reported sales of 15,092 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 1,862 million euros in fiscal 2010. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX and the company ranks among the Fortune Global 500.