AIP Foundation was founded by Mr. Greig Craft in 1999. In 2000, former US President, Bill Clinton, launched the Helmet for Kids program, which was the first school based program of AIP Foundation. At that time, helmets deployed in the program were imported. Greig realized the huge demands for quality and financially viable helmets in Vietnam. As a result, he raised funds to establish the first social enterprise for manufacturing in helmets in the world.
In the 17 years since its inception, Protec, our social enterprise helmet factory, remains one of the few factories producing safe, affordable, and environmentally–compatible helmets for road users in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Protec employs more than 130 staff members, more than one-third of whom are physically disabled. Assembly lines are lowered to accommodate the needs of disabled employees with wheelchairs, which has allowed Protec to maintain its diverse workforce while producing quality helmets. The proceeds from the helmet sales are re-invested into AIP Foundation’s public awareness campaigns and road safety education initiatives.
Currently, Protec is working with the Vietnamese government and corporate partners to provide over 2,000,000 quality helmets to first graders throughout Vietnam during the 2018-2019 school year.
Visit the Protec website to learn more.