Annual Flea Market
Since 2010, BNP Paribas in South Korea has been a close partner of “Beautiful Store”, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a sense of community as well as carrying out eco-friendly initiatives through sales of second-hand goods.
In the spring of 2015, BNP Paribas Seoul Branch, BNP Paribas Securities Korea, BNP Paribas Cardif Life Insurance and BNP Paribas Cardif General Insurance together organised a “Year of Blue Ship Bazaar” at Beautiful Store’s Anguk branch which were held for 5 consecutive years. BNP Paribas employees had donated over 1,500 items of second-hand goods, such as baby clothes, toys, books and shoes, for the charity sale. Additionally, employees acted as volunteers to help at the bazaar. All profit generated at the bazaar was used to provide emotional therapy for children who are socially neglected.
Dream Up: Little Drums for Big Smiles
BNP Paribas South Korea is a proud partner of the “Little Drums for Big Smiles” programme. This programme was launched in September 2015 and aims at providing Nanta lessons to underprivileged children. Nanta is a non-verbal performance that incorporates traditional samul nori rhythm presented through music and motions.
BNP Paribas partnered with KACCC (Korea Association of the Community Child Centres), an NGO specialised in assisting child welfare centres in South Korea. 5 child welfare centres were selected with about 100 children participating in the Nanta lessons on a weekly basis. Through this programme, we are hoping to improve children’s confidence, let them relieve stress and discover the fun of playing Nanta.
Little Drums for Big Smiles 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.
Wide horizons: Monthly after school program
BNP Paribas continues to help children in need through an after school programs carried out in child centers of the KACCC (Korea Association of the Community Child Centres) – a non-profit coalition of some 2,000 child welfare centres nationwide. Children who attend the program are those who have either single parent, or are raised by grand-parents. During the program, children are provided with after school activities and dinner.
BNP Paribas employee volunteers provide support for homework assistance, English support and basic economic lectures. Additionally, the program encourages children to dream through cultural classes including reading, story-telling, drawing & painting, and cooking. Recreational sports and dance programs are also provided.