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Asiana donates ‘bags of love’ to Cambodian children

A female
employee of Asiana Airlines helps a student with a school bag donated
by the airliner at Kdei Run Elementary School in Cambodia, Thursday.
The company donated 586 backpacks and other school supplies worth 13
million won. / Courtesy of Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines, one of Korea’s two
flagship carriers, has been involved in a wide range of corporate
social responsibility activities in developing countries over the years
to help the world become a better place for everyone to live.
This year is no exception. The
company has set up street lights in Cambodia, installed water tanks in
China and built houses for the underprivileged in Vietnam.

Ahead of the year-end holiday,
airline employees have prepared something special for students in
Cambodia. Rather than hold a typical year-end party that often involves
drinking alcohol, 366 ground crew members and service personnel at
Incheon International Airport decided to purchase and donate 586 school
bags to children from poor families in the southeastern Asian nation.

After raising 13 million won in
donations over the past month, a group of airline employees flew to
Cambodia Thursday to visit Kdei Run Elementary School located in the
farming area of the country and delivered backpacks and other school

“Instead of spending money to
throw a year-end celebration party in Korea, it is so much more
meaningful to buy school supplies and give them to students here. I
felt something special when I saw the innocent smiles on their faces,’’
said Lee Seung-hoon, one of Asiana employees who visited Cambodia.

Lee said he and other workers
would like to continue to get involved in diverse corporate social
responsibility activities in the future to help make a difference in
the lives of the underprivileged in Korea and in other countries.

“I cannot wait to show my
colleagues back home the footage that I filmed here, including the
donation ceremony. I would like to share this special feeling with
them,’’ he said.

Asiana Airlines plans to expand the scope of its corporate social responsibility in the future to reach across the globe.

“We would like to perform good
deeds in places where we maintain a business presence. We will
systematically organize corporate social responsibility activities to
more effectively help the unfortunate in the developing world,’’ an
Asiana spokesman said.

He said the company will actively support goodwill projects voluntarily organized by employees.

In August, the company
installed solar-powered street lights on the Cambodia-Korea Friendship
Road near Angkor Wat, Cambodia, in cooperation with the Korea
International Cooperation Agency. The airliner set up 16 street lights
and plans to add up to 10 each year through 2015.

In July, company employees
built and donated water tanks in the drought-stricken inland of China
by investing 60 million won. Asiana Airlines also constructed and
donated homes to poor families in Vietnam in June, in cooperation with
The Korean Times

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