The project is to support construction of schools in Asian countries with inadequate educational facilities. Started in 2000, the project has helped construct a total of 393 schools in Cambodia, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. In Laos, the project has assisted in building 122 primary schools from 2007 to 2009 in Louangphabang Province, Xiangkhouang Province, and Savannakhét Province, providing educational opportunities for more than 30,000 Laotian children.
Laotian students visiting a shrine with their host family
The Teenage Ambassadors program is an exchange activity designed to promote mutual understanding among high school students from Japan and those overseas. Through a week-long program in which students make courtesy visits to the host country’s government and embassies, attend classes at local school and experience homestay, the program offers opportunities for students to build friendship as well as cultivating international perspective. So far, 2,052 high school students from 17 countries have participated in the program. The program was held two times in 2012 and 2015 with an overall participation of 72 Laotian and Japanese students.
In regions of Laos where there is a shortage of safe water, the children have to sacrifice time they could otherwise spend attending school fetch water far away for daily use. The campaign was launched in 2010 to build water-supply facilities in villages for such children, and has helped some 130,000 children in Asia secure safe drinking water and educational opportunities.
Planting trees in Laos
Since its establishment in 1990, AEON Environmental Foundation has been engaged in forestation activities in various parts of Asia.
In Laos, the foundation planted 146,445 trees with local citizens over the period from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, the total number of the trees planted through our forestation effort in Japan and overseas, including those through AEON Hometown Forests project, a tree planting activity conducted at the opening of our retail stores, exceeded 10 million.