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Vegetable garden for schools in Thailand

Employees gardening

In Thailand’s rural areas each school has its own vegetable garden. In fact, school chickens are not an unusual sight. Schoolchildren and teachers harvest the vegetables themselves and use the available produce to prepare the key school meal every day: lunch. This approach to self-sufficiency ensures that the children’s nutrition as well as the health situation of local people continually improves. At the same time, the children also benefit through developing their own agricultural skills: They can apply these at home too, and possibly also benefit from them later when choosing their vocation.

The team at our production facility in Thailand knows just how important these local microprojects are, and in the summer of 2015 they organized a suitable team event. As part of the “NIVEA cares for family” program, around 40 of our employees in Khaoyai, northwest of Bangkok, reconditioned the vegetable garden of the local Phasueksongkrao School. They planted vegetables, lettuce and herbs in numerous raised cultivation beds, for instance, thus not only securing the children’s long-term supply of healthy food but also supporting these young gardeners’ skills in cultivating their own plants and preparing them for their school lunch. Besides this, our team also sponsored a reading corner at the school. This action was doubly successful, as our Thai employees all pitched in enthusiastically and thanks to their combined efforts came even closer together as a team