ACCOR VIETNAM RAISES VND 210 MILLION (USD 8,606) IN A WALK AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
"We are proud to support Blue Dragon, a respected advocacy organization. The successful marathon walk, with over 25 participating Accor properties, is a testament to the dedication and unity within our organization. Raising VND 210 million (USD 8,606) reflects not only our financial contribution but, more importantly, the collective commitment of our team to make a positive impact on vulnerable communities in Vietnam. As we celebrate the success of this initiative, we look forward to deepening our relationship with Blue Dragon and exploring new avenues to contribute to the well-being of the communities we serve. Our commitment to making a difference in Vietnam is unwavering, and we are eager to continue this journey of positive impact with more activities in the future." said Xavier Cappelut - Vice President of Operations, Premium, Midscale Division for Accor in Vietnam, Philippines and Maldives.
"The partnership with Blue Dragon reflects Accor's unwavering commitment to social impact causes that champion significant social issues," said Mike Britt, General Manager of Premier Residences Phu Quoc. "When I initially put the message out to my colleagues about the walk, I was expecting perhaps 20 walkers. The response was overwhelming, and we ended up having six separate walks across the country. It is clear that my colleagues strongly believe in the power of collective action and the difference we can make when we come together as a community. Accor is dedicated to using its reach and resources to create a positive impact on the lives of those who need it most."
The funds raised will be used to reunite six girls and young women rescued from human trafficking with their loved ones and provide them with all they need to recover from their traumatic experiences. This includes travel expenses, emergency shelter, and the intensive care and therapy required for them to heal. With the funds raised by Accor, Blue Dragon will be able to ensure these six women can access medical treatment, trauma counselling, and legal representation.
The funds will furthermore enable 150 students from remote areas of Vietnam to attend life skills training and human trafficking workshops so they can learn to identify warning signs and keep safe from human trafficking.
Blue Dragon has so far rescued over 1,388 individuals from trafficking, represented 256 people in court cases, sent 6,305 children back to school and training, and provided shelter to 1,618 girls and boys. Additionally, the organisation has helped over 400 youths access job opportunities, served 665,725 meals, built 262 homes for families, reunited 764 runaways with their families, and helped 13,543 people obtain legal identity papers. These accomplishments highlight the organisation's tireless dedication to ending exploitation and disadvantage in Vietnam.
Accor remains committed to fostering partnerships that drive positive change and create a better world for all. This collaboration with Blue Dragon underscores the power of unified effort in addressing some of society's most pressing challenges.