CARACOL, Haiti, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sae-A Trading, a leading global apparel manufacturer, celebrated the opening of the S&H Secondary School in northern Haiti. As part of its commitment to the community where it employs more than 10,000 Haitians, the company funds the operations of a primary school, and now is in the first year of supporting a secondary school. The ceremony not only celebrates the secondary school's completion, but also the students who have graduated from the primary school and now make up its first class.
Together with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Sae-A built the new S&H Secondary School adjacent to its primary school. In addition to continuing their best-in-class free education, students at the secondary school will continue to study in Creole, French and English. They will also continue to receive a balanced hot meal each day.
With President Jovenel Moise in attendance, Chairman Woong-Ki Kim of Sae-A announced the company would build a high school ready to accept to graduates of the secondary school in 2019. When complete S&H schools will provide a superior educational experience for 700 students from Kindergarten through Grade 12.
"We are especially honored to welcome the President of Haiti to S&H Secondary School and are grateful to the partnership we have built with the country," said Chairman Woong-Ki Kim. "One of Sae-A's guiding values is to be the best possible partner to the communities in which we work. The S&H schools exemplify commitment to the people of northern Haiti, especially Caracol. Our company believes that education and health are the bedrock for future professional and personal growth and development. Today I affirm our continued commitment to the community and look forward to many more celebrations."
"We are continually impressed with how S&H advances the most cutting edge curriculum that challenge and inspire its students," said Mr. Franzdy Alexis, the Elementary Administrator for Haiti's elementary education. "Under Principal Jean Mirvil's leadership, the team of 40 educators employ an innovative curriculum to foster a culture of creativity. I am confident that S&H schools will continue to serve as models of excellence in education."
Sae-A has been active in northern Haiti since 2011 when, in the wake of the destruction from the 2010 earthquake it committed to building a state-of-the-art garment manufacturing facility in Caracol. The first operations commenced in 2012 and today Sae-A's facilities employ over 10,000 Haitians and expects to export more than 65 million garments this year.
"We are especially proud that our presence has drawn other investors to Northern Haiti," continued Chairman Kim. "Providing reliable work for thousands who had never been part of the formal economy and allowing them to approach the future with a steady means of support. We will continue to invest in northern Haiti and support our workers, their families and our neighbors, be it through transportation programs, medical clinics, recreation activities, environmental sustainability programs, or adult education."
For more information on Sae-A's work in Haiti please visit www.sae-a.com
For Sae-A, business means being a member of the community. S&H Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sae-A, established its new S&H School in Haiti to provide local children with opportunities to receive free education of the highest quality.
The company engages in community activities and corporate social responsibility both locally and across all of its operations. Education is as important as a job in Haiti, and a proper education system ensures the future of one's country. So, S&H Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sae-A, is focused on its efforts to support education and healthcare in the region.
From funding a Guatemalan orphanage to supporting the Tree Planting Campaign in Nicaragua to providing scholarships to children of employees in Vietnam, Sae-A is committed to making a positive impact all around the world.
For more information on Sae-A's social responsibility programs and initiatives in worldwide, please visit: www.sae-a.com
About Sae-A Trading Co., Ltd
Established in 1986, Sae-A Trading Co., Ltd is one of the world's largest apparel manufacturing companies employing over 60,000 associates throughout Southeast Asia, Central America and the Caribbean with exports of apparel and textiles exceeding $1.6 billion dollars.
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