Hyundai Oilbank’s One Percent Nanum(Sharing) Foundation celebrated the opening of its Santa Post Office set up with the one percent of salaries donated by its officers and employees close to the year-end this year.
Every one dressed in Santa garbs got busy answering the post cards from the children with the lists of Christmas gifts they want and what they want to do in the future. About 300 officers and employees dressed in Santa clothes spent around a month to answer those post cards sent by some 1,000 children from 31 regional children centers around the country.
Their answers included the hopes for those children and memories of their childhoods. They sent their gift packages to the children form the foundation and held Christmas parties.
In November, a cultural library for children opened at the National Central Library in Hanoi, Vietnam, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the diplomatic relations between Korea and Vietnam. Vietnam has seen its economy developing rapidly at high rates year after year, but the country still lacks the facilities where children can spend their leisure hours safely yet.
Hyundai Oilbank spent some 340 million won to build and open the cultural library for children which the oil refiner hopes to go a long way toward a big role in providing a safe leisure facility for children as the first cultural library for children in Vietnam.
The library is equipped with not only 2,000 books, but also a playroom, a room for musical instruments, and rooms for diverse themes including a movie projection room. In the playroom are all kinds of projectors and play equipment, the musical instrument room will have traditional Vietnamese musical instruments, Keomungo, Haegum and short flutes among the Korean traditional musical instruments to be made available there to give the children exotic experiences.
The 240 square meters-complex provides about 2,000 books in the Vietnamese, Korean and English languages. It was designed as a "tree of wishes" to attract children to a wide range of cultural activities, such as traditional instrument playing and film screens.
Hyundai Oilbank invested 340 million won ($310,871) in Vietnam’s first library for children to commemorate 25-year long diplomatic relations between South Korea and Vietnam. The library with 2,000 books is a multifunctional cultural space that has various facilities including play room, instrument experience room and mini theater. The play room is equipped with popular character goods and toys, and the instrument experience room is furnished with traditional instruments of the two countries.
Guests to the opening ceremony included board members of Hyundai Oilbank 1% Nanum Foundation and International Cultural Foundation. Hyundai Oilbank 1% Nanum Foundation has been engaged in educational aid projects since 2013 for children in developing countries. It has already rebuilt a kindergarten and an elementary school in Vietnam and is expected to finish building a middle school in Nepal in February next year.