26 July 2018

The Loreto Saigon Challenge

BDA Partners is committed to supporting the communities in which we do business. As a global investment banking advisor, BDA is keen to ensure that our stakeholders, clients and employees alike are identifying BDA as a socially responsible organization.

In April 2018, BDA Partners engaged in a team building activity in support of Loreto Vietnam, a NGO that focuses on capacity building with the goal of quality education for all. This took place during the Firm’s annual offsite, walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in a treasure hunt fashion, raising funds to support access to education for disadvantaged children we raised funds for Loreto Vietnam.

The Challenge
– In teams of five, we completed one of the six allocated routes within Ho Chi Minh City, in ninety minutes
– At each checkpoint, we could earn up to eight stickers valued at $150 each by completing a task instructed by two volunteer students from Australian International School of Saigon. These tasks were designed to give the BDA team members a good understanding of some of the impact Loreto has on disadvantaged children in Vietnam
– Bonus points were given to the fastest team and for teams uploading photo’s onto social media

The outcome
BDA Partners were able to raise US$25,000 through the team challenge. Additional individual contributions were made from BDA employees, totaling the amount to US$46,000 pledged.

About Loreto
Loreto Vietnam works to empower children in Vietnam’s most underprivileged communities by facilitating access to education through the building of classrooms, libraries, safe toilets, computer rooms and multipurpose educational rooms in rural communities in southern Vietnam that could not otherwise afford such facilities. Loreto Vietnam also distributes school packs (containing uniforms, shoes, stationary sets, exercise books etc.), bicycles and helmets, as well as scholarships to underprivileged children. Since 1997 Loreto Vietnam has changed the lives of tens of thousands of Vietnamese children.

The programs of Loreto Vietnam aim to provide equitable access to quality education for young people from underprivileged contexts within southern Vietnam. Through consultation and partnership with local education communities, Loreto’s programs seek to address identified needs and deliver sustainable benefits for both the individuals and their communities. Through fair distribution, community partnership commitments, and capacity building activities within these educational communities, Loreto aims to facilitate longer-term engagement in the education system for young people from underprivileged backgrounds, and sustainable change and lasting benefits for these individuals and their communities.

Most students helped through Loreto’s programs are from families identified by the Vietnamese Government as being registered poor. www.loretovietnam.org

About BDA
BDA Partners is the global investment banking advisor for Asia. BDA advises on M&A and capital raising. BDA has been consistently owned and managed by the same team since 1996. BDA has a track record of providing independent advice to blue-chip corporate and financial sponsor clients from North America, Europe, and Asia. BDA is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo. BDA formed partnerships with William Blair & Company in 2011 and Development Bank of Japan in 2017.

With an expanding global network of 9 offices worldwide, our global initiatives are focused on contributing to the societies in which we do business. www.bdapartners.com

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