Karma Cares for next generation in Vietnam
International travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group is continuing its philanthropic efforts by supporting a range of initiatives in Vietnam that are dedicated to empowering young people who’ve had difficult starts in life.
Philanthropy is a cornerstone of the group, driven by founder and chairman John Spence’s commitment to giving something back in the destinations he loves. In Vietnam, home to Karma Cay Tre in the famed UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, that means supporting a range of initiatives to help young people dealing with tough circumstances.
The Karma Vietnam team recently helped fund an event in support of scholarships for orphans and children from extremely poor families in Cam Pho, the ward in which the company operates. The event featured performances from the children themselves as well as traditional dances and songs.
Karma Vietnam provides ongoing support to Children’s Hope In Action (CHIA), which supports kids who face challenges such as poverty, disability and exclusion.
Each month, US$1,000 goes towards CHIA’s operations, making Karma Group their key monthly supporter. These funds support daily on-site therapy for children with disabilities, pimarily cerebral palsy.
But it’s not just cash donations – Karma is developing a close relationship with CHIA through Dung, who has been with the organisation since 2009.
The children themselves relish the opportunity to have swimming lessons at Karma Cay Tre as well as going on excursions with the company – but their favourite event is the annual Karma Christmas party! In addition, Karma is helping with IT support for the CHIA website.
Karma is also about to commit to additional charity initiatives working alongside the local government. These include supporting 24 orphans and underprivileged kids each month to help with food, housing and education. It is also helping build a children’s playground in central Hoi An.
Karma staff love to get involved with these activities. Its sales staff volunteer each month to teach school children English as well as provide swimming lessons and excursions.