The Asia Foundation and OOCL Renew Partnership to Assist Schools and Libraries in 2013

Collaboration expands to nine countries, including Burma

Storytime at a school in Laguna, Philippines, comes alive with books donated by The Asia Foundation and shipped by OOCL. Photo by Mario Ignacio IV.

San Francisco and Hong Kong, January 10, 2013 — The Asia Foundation and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), a leading international shipping and logistics company, today announced the continuation of their partnership to deliver books to thousands of needy educational institutions in nine countries: Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and peninsular and eastern Malaysia.

In 2012, shipping support provided by OOCL enabled the Foundation’s Books for Asia program to deliver more than 330,000 books worth $15 million. This included transportation costs for the program’s Storytime in Asia campaign, which supplied 120,000 crucially needed books to schools and libraries throughout the region, benefitting an estimated 2 million children.

“OOCL has a long tradition in supporting education and giving back to the community.  We believe it is essential to contribute to the skills development and capacity building of young people. The Books for Asia program is a rewarding example of our community achievements and how we can continue to turn our words into concrete action,” said Andy Tung, chief executive officer of OOCL.

OOCL has facilitated many educational and community outreach initiatives around the world. Other beneficiaries of charitable donations made by OOCL and its employees include medical-related funds in Hong Kong, Australia, Europe and the USA, children’s homes in Hong Kong and France, as well as food banks in the USA and countless others.

“We are thrilled for OOCL’s generous support again in 2013 and the expansion of the program to Burma. On behalf of thousands of book recipients across Asia, we are grateful for OOCL’s commitment to our mission of improving lives and expanding opportunities across Asia,” said David D. Arnold, president of The Asia Foundation.  Speaking on the common values shared by the shipping company and the international non-profit, Mr. Arnold continued: “This partnership highlights our mutual belief that education helps spark young minds to learn, grow, and positively contribute to their local communities and beyond.”

Books for Asia provides textbooks and educational materials to students, educators, and future leaders in need in 19 developing countries throughout Asia and impacts over 9 million people each year through donations of relevant, high-quality publications from publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Wiley, Pearson Education, W. W. Norton, Macmillan, Abrams, Island Press, and Scholastic.

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