May 14, 2015
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 today. 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.
Read the full press release here.
View photos from the signing here and on Ambassador Ted Osius’s facebook here.