General Motors has partnered with a local charity in Thailand to help support educational scholarships for underprivileged children in the country.
The automaker has partnered with the Yuvabadhana Foundation’s Pankan Project , a non-profit that aims to help less fortunate Thai children complete their education, to support the initiative. Pankan donation boxes were placed within the automaker’s Bangkok office and Rayong assembly plant this year for employees to show their support. Over this period, GM and Chevrolet Thailand employees donated nearly 700 items to the Pankan Project, which were then delivered to the non-profit using a locally built Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.
“On behalf of General Motors, I would like to thank the Pankan Project and Yuvabadhana foundation for giving our employees an opportunity to help build a sharing society and an educational opportunity for children,” said the president of GM Southeast Asia, Hector Villareal. “At GM, it is very important for us to support the community and education is a core value of our Corporate Social Responsibility programs.”
The Pankan Project is one of several education initiatives led by the Yuvabadhana Foundation. In a statement, the non-profit said it works towards bettering education in Thailand as it “has a strong belief that education is a key for a better society.”
The Pankan Project takes items donated through its donation boxes and then sorts and sells the items at a Pankan Shop. All proceeds from the sale of these goods benefits children by way of the Yuvabadhana Foundation. The foundation has granted scholarships to more than 17,000 children over the last 27 years and had more than 9,000 students under its care in 2019. Rach child in the foundation will typically receive a scholarship for 7,000 baht per year from grade 7 through to grade 12.
While GM is able to support the Pankan Project for the time being, it may be limited in the locations it can set up donation boxes in the future after it shuts down its sales and manufacturing operations in the region later this year. While all GM plants will close in Thailand in the coming months, the automaker will maintain a small presence in the region for aftersales support. Rayong currently builds the global Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Trailblazer,