17:35 | 14/05/2015 Society
(VEN) - The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and AIP Foundation will organize events and helmet donations supporting the pre-existing Helmets for Kids program.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam, the U.S. Department of State and AIP Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi 14 May, 2015. The MoU formally launches the Public-Private Partnership to raise funds from U.S. and Vietnamese corporations to provide helmets and road safety education to students in provinces across Vietnam.
Attendees at the signing included Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam; Greig Craft, President of AIP Foundation; Claire A. Pierangelo, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Hanoi; Joakim Parker, Mission Director of USAID in Vietnam; American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Board of Governors from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and Adam Sitkoff, Executive Director of AmCham.
Under the partnership, AIP Foundation and the U.S. Embassy Hanoi will organize events and helmet donations supporting the pre-existing Helmets for Kids program. The goal is to provide educational activities and helmets to 25,000 children from at-risk schools across the country. This partnership is a unique platform combining expertise from the U.S. and Vietnamese governments, NGOs, and the business sector to address a mutual public health concern.
U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius, said, “The United States Government and AIP Foundation share the common goal of promoting essential and life-saving education to children throughout Vietnam”.
The Public-Private Partnership builds on a 15-year history between the U.S. Government and AIP Foundation. In 2000, Former President Bill Clinton launched Helmets for Kids in Ho Chi Minh City and then-Senator John Kerry launched the program in Hanoi.
“Road traffic crashes are the number one killer of young people in Vietnam today, and yet these deaths are completely preventable,” said Greig Craft, President of AIP Foundation. “The 20th anniversary of U.S.—Vietnam diplomatic relations provides a special platform for raising awareness of this critical issue and promoting a safer generation in Vietnam.”
The Partnership further compliments the National Child Helmet Action Plan, launched by the Vietnam National Traffic Safety Committee in January 2015, which aims to significantly raise the child helmet wearing rate across Vietnam through a combination of public education and enforcement strategies.