Quality helmets presented to special needs students in Hanoi

The helmets were distributed to the Binh Minh Primary School in Hanoi while raising the awareness of road safety.

At the event to donate quality helmets to special needs students at Binh Minh Primary School in Hanoi on December 3. Photo courtesy of the US Embassy

A ceremony was held on Thursday to hand over quality helmets to students and teachers at special needs Binh Minh Primary School in Hanoi, along with helmet-wearing tutorials and road safety training, as part of Helmet for Kids programme by the AIP Foundation to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, reported VNS.

The helmets are from Protec, whose own workforce includes a large number of team members with special needs.

US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink participated in this event by delivering remarks, distributing helmets as well as taking part in the helmet-wearing tutorial with students. Against the backdrop of the 25th anniversary of Vietnam-US diplomatic relations, Ambassador Kritenbrink’s participation in this engagement demonstrated the steadfast US support for social inclusion initiatives in Vietnam while bolstering US-Vietnam people-to-people ties. 

Ambassador expressed his sincere appreciation to the AIP Foundation, Protec, UPS, and AA Vietnam for continuing to implement this meaningful and life-changing event year after year while highlighting the transformational impact that their efforts have had. 

“This is precisely why the US Mission in Vietnam is so delighted to partner with AIP Foundation, AA Vietnam, and Protec and UPS to distribute helmets to vulnerable communities across Vietnam while equipping them with the life-preserving knowledge they need to remain safe as they transit Vietnam’s roadways,” Ambassador Kritenbrink stated while highlighting the fact that Vietnamese commuters are much safer and more cognisant than they have ever been of the paramount importance of wearing helmets and practicing road traffic safety thanks to the efforts of these organisations.

US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink attends the event to donate quality helmets to special needs students at Binh Minh Primary School in Hanoi on December 3. Photo courtesy of the US Embassy

The event was also attended by Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States Ha Kim Ngoc, who joined virtually from Washington, D.C., and UPS, a key US supporter of road safety initiatives in Vietnam for the past 15 years.

Ambassador Ngoc said, “Over the past 25 years since the establishment of US-Việt Nam diplomatic relations, the Vietnamese people and children have received a lot of support from US NGOs, including AIP Foundation, together with the Administration, Congress and business community. We very much appreciate that Greig Craft and the AIP Foundation have made a lot of efforts in raising the awareness of road safety and providing helmets to many schools in Vietnam. Nowadays, the Vietnamese school-children have become the change agents for a society of safer road users.”

The Government of Vietnam has amade improving the well-being of people with disabilities a high priority of national interest. Between 2012 and 2020, the Government of Vietnam has spent over $13 million annually to support for persons with disabilities in accordance with Decision 1019.

In August 2020 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuen Phuc also signed a decision to continue support programmes for persons with disabilities for the next decade.

The Helmets for Kids programme has been a signature project of AIP Foundation since its launch during the historic US presidential visit to Vietnam in 2000.

Since its inception, one million helmets have been distributed through Helmets for Kids to primary students throughout the country.

Protec and AIP Foundation donated 2,500 medical masks for students, teachers, and parents in a special handover between Protec’s workers and Binh Minh Primary School’s students. 

The Helmets for Kids programme has benefited from the generous support of many US corporations including UPS as well as from grants provided by the US Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, the US Mission in Vietnam, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Government of Vietnam, as well as by other partners in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Tu Anh