BNP Paribas announced today that the ‘Stepping Stones for Wide Horizons Project 2016’ was launched on 17 March 2016 at the Solsam Regional Child Welfare Centre in Seoul.
Under a close partnership with the Korea Association of the Community Child Centre (KACCC), a non-profit organisation helping approximately 2,000 community child centres nationwide, BNP Paribas has been supporting child welfare centres through the ‘Stepping Stones for Wide Horizons Project’ since 2014.
The Stepping Stones for Wide Horizons Project aims to support children by improving their surroundings and help children develop their talents through cultural education. Every year, selected centres are provided with facilities renovation and after school cultural education programmes including art, dance and sports classes organised by employee volunteers of BNP Paribas. This year’s project kicked-off at Solsam Regional Child Welfare Centre with children’s cooking class at its newly renovated kitchen.
Hugues Antier, COO of BNP Paribas Seoul Branch and Head of BNP Paribas CSR Committee for South Korea, said: “We are excited to launch the ‘Stepping Stones for Wide Horizons Project’ for the third year. BNP Paribas has made continuous efforts to help the next generation by creating a better environment. We hope to assist children to discover and develop their talents and capabilities through this project.”
Three additional child welfare centres in Gyeonggi-do are planned to receive benefits under the Stepping Stones for Wide Horizons Project 2016.
BNP Paribas is also a proud partner of KACCC’s “Little Drums for Big Smiles” programme launched in September 2015 to provide Nanta lessons to underprivileged children. The partnership is part of the Dream Up programme, a global education project managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation. This corporate philanthropy programme encourages the integration of socially excluded young people through arts practice. It is currently running in 26 countries on 5 continents and benefiting 30,000 children and young people each year.