Cargill Vietnam Ltd. Co. under the US-based Cargill Corporation raised 4.5 billion VND (211,500 USD) from a single charity event on August 2 for its Cargill Cares foundation’s project to build schools in far-flung areas nationwide.

Established in 1996, the Cargill Cares Foundation has so far collected 66 billion VND (3.1 million USD), supporting the building of 67 schools benefiting more than 13,000 children in rural and remote areas across the country.

The figure included 4 billion VND (188,000 USD) raised in 2013, which aided the construction of seven schools in the southern provinces of An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Kien Giang, Binh Thuan and Ba Ria – Vung Tau, and central Khanh Hoa province, at a total cost of 7.7 billion VND (361,900 USD).

Chanh Truong, Chief Representative of Cargill Vietnam, said half of the Cargill Cares Foundation’s funding is contributed by Cargill Vietnam while the rest comes from its customers, suppliers and employees.

The foundation is striving to accomplish its goal of building 75 schools nationwide by 2015.-VNA