Since 2006, AEON 1% Club Foundation has helped university and graduate school students in Asia achieve their dreams through providing scholarship. Including 129 Burmese students, the program has supported a total of 4,393 Asian students, of which 562 are studying in Japan. Moreover, in 2014, the Foundation launched the program for students of Yangon University of Economics and Yangon University of Foreign Language. The scholarship students are expected to serve as a bridge between Myanmar and Japan.
Scholarship awarding ceremony in Myanmar
The project is to support construction of schools in Asian countries with inadequate educational facilities. Started in 2000, the project h as helped construct a total of 393 schools in Cambodia, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. In Myanmar, the project has assisted in building 35 primary schools from 2012 in Yangon Region, Mon State, and Karen State, providing educational opportunities for more than 5,000 Burmese children.
In regions of Myanmar where there is a shortage of safe water, the children have to sacrifice time they could otherwise spend attending school to 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 to secure safe drinking water and educational opportunities.
Welcome party at Myanmar Embassy in Japan
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 count ries have participated in the program. The program was held in 2013 with participation of 40 Burmese and Japanese students.
Since its establishment in 1990, AEON Environmental Foundation has been engaged in forestation activities in various parts of Asia. In Myanmar, the foundation planted 32,000 trees with local citizens around Pyugyi Reservoir in the outskirts of Yangon over the period from 2013 to 2015. 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 in 2013.
Opening ceremony held at the tree planting