Storyteller: Fiona Teo from Samsung Electronics Singapore
For the second year running, volunteers from across the Samsung Electronics offices in Southeast Asia and Oceania participated in the “Samsung Love and Care” program, an annual event that brings together Samsung employees in the region to create positive differences in our local communities.
This year, a total of 56 colleagues visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where we found ways to utilize technology to help bridge the gaps in education among children, and to create a more pleasant studying environment.
During the three-day program, which ended on Oct. 28, we worked with two local NGOs – Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), which means “for a child’s smile,” and the People Improvement Organization (PIO) – and reached out to more than 2,800 children.
After a day of training for the volunteers, the actual activities with the students took place on the second and third day. We used interactive technology to make learning a fun experience for the children including a range of apps to teach them important basics. We helped them learn basic English and math, utilizing tablet devices.
We also planted trees to help raise the students’ environmental awareness and helped with refurbishments for the schools, such as giving a fresh coat of paint to the school compound and the classroom tables.
“We are extremely proud of all our volunteers, who answered the call to action to volunteer their time to help serve the less fortunate children in Cambodia. We are humbled by our experience and appreciated the chance to give back to the community in Cambodia,” said Irene Ng, Vice President, Marketing, Samsung Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Other colleagues also echoed what a meaningful experience they had through the “Love and Care” program, helping toward a cause that could make a difference to the children in Cambodia.
“It was a fulfilling experience! I am certain that the little contributions that we have made add up to make a bigger difference in the lives of these children,” said Joan Ng from Samsung Electronics Singapore.
Arlita Tayko-Narag from Samsung Electronics Philippines said, “The Samsung Love & Care program brings us closer together as volunteers with the goal to help children in need.”
You can find more testimonies from our volunteers, and details of our activities in this video:
Overall, we all felt very fortunate for an opportunity to take part in this year’s Love and Care program and interact with these lovely children. It was as much a learning experience for us as it was for the children, and I hope more of us can share this extraordinary experience next year.
This story was originally written by Fiona Teo for the internal company blog, Media Samsung.