Recently, IWC and Anthony Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation unveiled a teaching garden and media laboratory for the Hotel & Restaurant Training Center (HCTC) in the city of Mae Sot in northwestern Thailand. This school focuses on supporting the Karen youth of the Thai minority and provides professional training so that they can earn a living in the Thai hotel industry and break the vicious circle of poverty.
In November 2015, at the Sotheby’s Precious Watches Auction held in Geneva, a special edition of IWC pilot pilot chronograph ‘Little Prince’ red gold was sold for 47,500 Swiss francs. This is the IWC and Geneva The Sotheby’s auction was the third auction organized by the Anthony Saint Exupery Youth Foundation to raise funds. The success of the auction also made it possible to implement the project.
Representatives of IWC and Anthony Saint Exupery Youth Foundation attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official completion of the new facilities of the hotel’s catering training center. The teaching garden not only enriches the course content, but also supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to the on-site restaurant. The Media Lab provides computers, cameras, camcorders, and various book manuals to enrich vocational training and language teaching with modern means. The donation paid for 60 students and will also be used for overall repairs that the school desperately needs.
‘Thanks to the generous donations from IWC and the Anthony Saint Exupery Youth Foundation, we can improve our education programs, provide better training services for our students, and help them enter the world of work,’ said Simon Martin, director of the hotel’s catering training center.
Matthieu Dupont, Managing Director of IWC Southeast Asia, said: ‘We are proud to make a real contribution to the education and training of Mae Sot students. An important cornerstone of our corporate social responsibility. ‘(Xu Chaoyang, Home of Pictures / Text Watches)