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Global Newsletter November 2019

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

In November, we celebrated the expansion of our road safety education and helmet distribution programs to the Philippines and India in our effort to protect more students in vulnerable road traffic environments worldwide.

From 2019 to 2020, through our Safety Delivered program, we have committed to providing helmet safety education and improving access to safety equipment for new students, teachers, and communities in Manila and Mumbai. Through close engagement and partnership with governments, schools, and local stakeholders, we seek to promote safer behavior and road safety awareness in new communities, leverage communications for change, and advocate to more effectively protect young and vulnerable road users.

In our ongoing commitment to improving the safety of children and youth in our current program countries, we have worked to deliver helmet safety education to students with physical disabilities in Vietnam, discussed our programming to ensure safer school zones on a radio talk show, and launched street-based public awareness campaigns to educate drivers on the roads of Cambodia.

In Thailand, we brought together government representatives with students for a handover ceremony where we distributed 500 helmets to students in Bangkok and highlighted the need for stakeholder engagement to ensure helmet wearing is effectively promoted among students and communities. In China, we organized a community awareness event at local kindergarten school and conducted a public outreach campaign to commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

We continue to look forward to achieving positive safety outcomes across our program countries and we hope you join us in celebrating our efforts to deliver safety to new locations and communities in need.

For more information on our activities, achievements, and related road crash intervention news, please read on.

Kind regards,

Mirjam Sidik
CEO, AIP Foundation

Table of Contents

Global

Photo of the Month: A proper helmet fit can save a student’s life

Vietnam

Safety Delivered hosts orientation workshop in Thai Nguyen Province to combat low helmet rates at schools

200 teachers and parents inspired to encourage children helmet use in Ho Chi Minh city

Child car seat initiative holds review workshop in Ha Dong

Safety Delivered brings helmet safety education to students with physical disabilities in Ho Chi Minh City

"Love your Child, Provide a Helmet" Campaign kicks off the Safety Delivered program at Doi Can Primary School

School zone speed reduction PSA airs on Vietnamese radio station

Cambodia

Street-based awareness campaign educates community on helmet safety and distracted driving

Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety engage in training workshop to better educate peers

Empowering teachers within their communities through Helmets for Families

"Everything is for children's road safety" message painted on school walls in Cambodia

Thailand

UPS Volunteers and AIP Foundation kick off Safety Delivered 2019-2020 in Thailand

China

Walk Wise organizes community awareness event at local kindergarten school for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Philippines

Celebrating expansion of child helmet use program to the Philippines to protect students on Manila’s roads

India

Launching partnerships to bring road safety education and helmets to students in Mumbai

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Global

Photo of the Month: A proper helmet fit can save a student’s life
20 November, 2019 - Battambang Province, Cambodia

A Manulife Cambodia volunteer helps student with helmet fitting.

AIP Foundation staff and Manulife Cambodia volunteers conducted helmet fittings with 60 student representatives in Onlong Vil Primary School, Battambang Province, as part of the Helmets for Families program. The volunteers committed their time to engage with students and discuss road safety awareness topics during the head measurements. Following the helmet measurements, AIP Foundation will conduct a pre-intervention student knowledge test to gain a better understanding of the students' awareness of road crash risk before the program officially begins.

During the 2019-2020 school year, AIP Foundation aims to distribute over 1,200 helmets to students, teachers, and parents at Onlong Vil Primary School through the Helmets for Families program.

Since 2012, AIP Foundation and Manulife Cambodia have partnered together to protect the most vulnerable road users through the Helmets for Families and have donated over 5,000 high-quality helmets.

See photos here.

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Vietnam

Safety Delivered hosts orientation workshop in Thai Nguyen Province to combat low helmet rates at schools
1 November, 2019 - Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam

Attendees from the Safety Delivered Orientation Workshop in Thai Nguyen Province.

The Safety Delivered 2019-2020 program, in collaboration with the Thai Nguyen Department of Education and Bureau of Education and Training, hosted an orientation workshop for 160 attendees including teachers, parents, and government representatives on November 1, 2019. Through the program, a teacher training was also held for teachers and parents from 11 program schools in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam.

The workshop began with an introductory overview of the road safety environment in Vietnam, as well as the aim of the Safety Delivered program, followed by a discussion of pre-intervention observation results of helmet wearing at the project schools. Across all 11 schools, the average rate of helmet wearing among children was 27%. Co Lung Primary school saw the lowest helmet wearing rates among students at just 7%.

Teachers were then trained on proper helmet use, including methods to ensure correct size, fit, and use of a chin strap,and the process of completing a crash report in the event of a road crash. The workshop concluded with statements of commitment and support for AIP Foundation’s Safety Delivered program from delegates from the Thai Nguyen Traffic Safety Committee, Department of Education and Training, and school representatives.

See more photos here.

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200 teachers and parents inspired to encourage children helmet use in Ho Chi Minh city through Safety Delivered
2 November, 2019 - 10 November, 2019 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Teachers volunteered to demonstrate how to wear helmet correctly in Can Gio Ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

During the first week of November, the Safety Delivered 2019-2020 program in Vietnam held three teacher training workshops for a total of 200 parents and teachers across three project schools in Go Vap District, District 12, and Can Gio Ward,in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with the aim of encouraging child helmet use and empowering teachers to serve as positive role models for the students.

At the training sessions, parents and teachers were first informed of the road crash crisis in Vietnam to emphasize the importance of road safety education for young children. The participants were then trained on proper helmet wearing technique, including how to ensure a helmet fits properly and how to correctly wear and adjust the chin strap. Following the helmet training, teachers were encouraged to share their own experiences and challenges in discussing helmet safety with students. Through the workshops, both teachers and parents received the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers on effectively communicating the importance of helmet wearing to students, and were equipped with proper helmet safety methods and techniques.

The Safety Delivered program is supported by The UPS Foundation and aims to increase helmet wearing rates in high-risk areas through school-based education, public awareness campaigns, and advocacy.

Supported by The UPS Foundation, the Safety Delivered program aims to increase child helmet wearing rates and reduce youth distracted driving behavior through school-based education, public awareness campaigns, and advocacy in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and India.

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Child car seat initiative holds review workshop in Ha Dong
5 November, 2019 - Hanoi, Vietnam

Government and school representatives at the review workshop.

AIP Foundation's child car seat initiative, supported by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), held a review workshop at Nguyen Trai Primary School in Ha Dong, Hanoi. The workshop was attended by representatives from the Hanoi Traffic Safety Committee, Ha Dong Bureau of Education and Training, Nam Tu Liem Bureau of Education and Training, and teachers and parent representatives from 36 primary schools in Ha Dong. The workshop aimed to share the results of the program, which is currently being implemented between November 2018 to November 2019.

Representatives from Nam Tu Liem and Nguyen Trai Primary School also shared successes of their activities in support of educating parents on the importance of safety for children in cars. At Nguyen Trai Primary School, children were given the opportunity to practice the lessons they learned regarding the importance of wearing a seatbelt while sitting in real cars. "We did not only provide children with theories, but also opportunities to practice the lessons," said Le Trung Tuan, the principal of Nguyen Trai Primary School.

Based on post-intervention results of parent knowledge, the percentage of parents who knew the age at which children needed to use car restraints in Nguyen Trai and Nam Tu Liem increased from 12.2% to 48.21 and 9.3% to 47.9%, respectively.

Mr. Ta Duc Giang, Deputy Chief of Secretariat of Hanoi Traffic Safety Committee remarked, “This is a very humane and meaningful project. Parents believe that transporting their children by car is the safest mode of transportation for their children. But many of them are not yet aware of the importance of wearing seat belts and using child restraints. I hope there will be more such projects to raise people's awareness about child safety in cars.”

AIP Foundation's child car seat initiative draws from training content material created through the FIA Child Safety Toolkit.

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Safety Delivered brings helmet safety education to students with physical disabilities in Ho Chi Minh City
13 November, 2019 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Students at Hy Vong school make a commitment to wearing helmets after spending the morning playing exciting road safety games and activities.

AIP Foundation staff and volunteers joined nearly 200 students at Hy Vong school, a school for children with physical disabilities, in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a helmet handover ceremony to encourage students to learn more about road safety through engaging games and educational activities. The helmet handover ceremony was a part of the Safety Delivered program, which is supported by The UPS Foundation and aims to increase child helmet wearing rates and reduce youth distracted driving behavior through school-based education, public awareness campaigns, and advocacy in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and India.

Students at Hy Vong Primary school received new helmets and learned how to wear their new helmets properly, including how to adjust the chin strap and ensure proper size and fit. The volunteers also supported students in discussing why it is important to wear a helmet whenever traveling via motorcycle or bicycle.

Nine additional helmet handover ceremonies will take place throughout November in Go Vap, District 12, and Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City which will deliver more than 5,000 helmets to students across 7 schools through the Safety Delivered program.

To see more photos from the helmet handover ceremony at Hy Vong, please click here.

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"Love your Child, Provide a Helmet" Campaign kicks off the Safety Delivered program at Doi Can Primary School
15 November, 2019 - Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam

Following a helmet handover ceremony, parents of children at Doi Can Primary School safely ride their motorcycles on the streets of Thai Nguyen.

To commemorate the upcoming World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and to celebrate the launch of the Safety Delivered program at Doi Can Primary School, AIP Foundation hosted a special helmet handover ceremony for nearly 760 students, with the support of The UPS Foundation. The event was held in collaboration with the Thai Nguyen Province Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Education and Training, and was presided over by Mr. Tran Huu Minh, the Deputy Chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee's Office.

Colonel Nguyen Van Vui, Deputy Director of Thai Nguyen Province Police and Deputy Head of Thai Nguyen Traffic Safety Committee; Ms. Nguyen Duc Thinh, Deputy Director of the Department of Education and Training; and Mr. Hoang Duc Minh, Deputy Chief Inspectorate from the Department of Transport, were also present.

The event's theme, "Love your Child, Provide a Helmet," was drawn from prior public awareness campaigns created by AIP Foundation, which aimed to encourage parents to think about the positive messages they can send to their children by providing them helmets.

During the ceremony, Hoang Thi Na Huong, AIP Foundation, Deputy CEO, as well as representatives and volunteers from UPS, demonstrated to students the three steps required for correctly wearing a helmet, including how to check for correct helmet fit, proper use of a chin strap, and proper head coverage.

"We are happy to see the impact from UPS's 'Love your child, provide helmet' and the strong commitment from local partners. The project embraces such a meaningful message, through which we hope to raise awareness of helmet use and basic road safety knowledge in primary schools," said Mr. Tran Huu Minh.

The event concluded with a symbolic motorcycle parade, in which stakeholders, government representatives, and 50 parents drove the children on the main streets of Thai Nguyen.

Additional kick-off ceremonies have also been held in Kim Dong, Dong Down Khue, and Phu Thuong 1 Primary school in Thai Nguyen. The Safety Delivered program, supported by The UPS Foundation, donated a total of 5,120 helmets to 11 schools across Thai Nguyen. Earlier this month, the program also organized an orientation workshop and teacher training for teachers and parent representatives from all project schools.

See more photos here.

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School zone speed reduction PSA airs on Vietnamese radio station
16 November, 2019 - Pleiku City, Vietnam

The Voice of Vietnam is a Vietnamese national radio broadcaster.

AIP Foundation's Deputy CEO, Na Huong Huong, was invited to discuss the implementation of Slow Zones, Safe Zones, AIP Foundation's speed reduction in school zones program, on the VOV1 radio talkshow in Vietnam. Slow Zones, Safe Zones, was piloted in coordination with the National Traffic Safety Committee and Gia Lai Traffic Safety Committee, with the support of the Botnar Foundation, GRSP, Nissan Motor Company, and the Federation Internationale De L’Automobile.

During the talkshow, Ms. Huong shared results of the program, including an increase in parent knowledge of current speed limit from 15.9% pre-intervention to to 72.5% post intervention. Preliminary speed results show that the average speed of motorcycles around the pilot schools was reduced by an average of 5 km/h; the average speed of cars was reduced by 11km/h; and large vehicles, such as buses, showed reductions of almost 20 km/h around the schools. Furthermore, utilizing the Star Rating for Schools Assessment application which ranks the safety of a school zone from 1 (least safe) to 5 (most safe), the safety around the schools improved from “two stars” to “five stars” at Phan Dang Luu school; and from “three stars” to “five stars” at Nguyen Luong Bang school.

The talkshow concluded with an airing of AIP Foundation's newest radio public service announcement, titled, "Slow Down Your Vehicles When Passing School Zones," which tells the story of a young girl who was hit by a speeding truck when riding her bike home from school, and when she wakes up in the hospital, her legs have disappeared.

This radio PSA began airing on VOV 1 from November 11, 2019, and will be aired 600 times throughout the 2019-2020 school year, which will conclude on May 31, 2020.

Read more about Slow Zones, Safe Zones here.

Listen to the radio PSA "Slow Down Your Vehicles When Passing School Zones" in Vietnamese here.

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Cambodia

Street-based awareness campaign educates community on helmet safety and distracted driving
12 September, 2019 - 7 November, 2019 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A Youth Ambassador for Road Safety hands informational material to a passing driver as part of AIP Foundation's public awareness campaign on safe driving.

AIP Foundation collaborated with the Cambodia Traffic Police and the Department of Order to launch street-based public awareness campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of safe driving behaviors throughout the country.

Traffic police stopped motorcycles, trucks, lorries, and other vehicles at checkpoints along National Road No. 4 and 6A in Kandal Kampong Speu and Kampong Cham Province. Once stopped, the drivers received flyers from the officers and the Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) who are a part of the Safety Delivered program. The traffic police and volunteers also disseminated crucial information about the importance of wearing helmets, the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, and other information regarding Cambodian road traffic laws. The street-based awareness activity was conducted from the months of September through November along several major roads leading from Phnom Penh to outside provinces, and aligned with major events in the country, including Cambodia's Pchum Ben Festival, Water Festival, and International New Year, to remind road users along national roads to practice safe driving during holidays.

The awareness campaign was implemented as part of the Safety Delivered program, which is supported by The UPS Foundation and implemented by AIP Foundation in Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to reduce road crash injuries and fatalities among vulnerable motorcyclists by working with young drivers to improve their driving behaviors and by increasing child helmet use.

See more photos here.

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Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety engage in training workshop to better educate peers
12 November, 2019 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Youth ambassadors attending the workshop learned about the importance of safe driving behavior and were briefed on the road traffic context in Cambodia.

100 university students from across five universities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia were trained as road safety ambassadors through the Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) initiative as part of the Safety Delivered program, supported by The UPS Foundation. The training workshop took place at Asia Euro University, one of five universities chosen to be a partner for the Safety Delivered program. At the workshop, representatives from the five partner universities, including Asia Euro University, University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh International University, Human Resource University, and Preak Leap Nation College of Agriculture, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AIP Foundation for program implementation between 2019-2020.

During the workshop, students were educated on the road safety situation in Cambodia, and learned about distracted driving, speeding, the importance of proper helmet use, child protection policies, and AIP Foundation's public awareness-raising strategies through the Safety Delivered program. Additional speakers included representatives from The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and General Secretariat of the National Police, who informed the university students on Cambodian road traffic laws and fines for violations and offenses.

See more photos from the training here.

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Empowering teachers within their communities through Helmets for Families
21 November, 2019 - Battambang Province, Cambodia

Teachers at Onlong Vil Primary School in Battambang Province gathered for a training workshop to learn about being positive road safety role models for their students.

Supported by Manulife Cambodia, teachers at Onlong Vil Primary School in Battambang Province participated in a vital road safety training focusing on proper helmet use on motorcycles. A total 40 teachers joined the road safety training, as part of the Helmets for Families program, and learned about the benefits of correct helmet use for their families and community. The training also highlighted the active role that teachers must take to ensure that their students wear helmets every time they travel by bicycle or motorcycle.

At the training, the teachers shared their experiences and techniques on how to encourage students to always wear their helmets. Teachers and program coordinators also worked together to create a workplan, lesson plan, and teaching materials to educate students on these topics following the training. At the conclusion of the event, teachers committed to putting helmets on their students, no matter the distance or travel time, when riding on a motorcycle.

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"Everything is for children's road safety" message painted on school walls in Cambodia
21 November, 2019 – Battambang Province, Cambodia

Volunteers from Manulife Cambodia and AIP Foundation staff paint a mural which reads, "Everything is for children's road safety," on school walls.

In support of the Helmets for Families program, Manulife Cambodia volunteers joined AIP Foundation staff to paint murals with positive messages about road safety on the school walls at Onlong Vil Primary School, as part of a larger effort to promote helmet-wearing among students during their commutes to and from school. The students were excited to participate in the painting with the volunteers. This activity follows helmet measurements which were taken the day before at the school.

During the 2019-2020 school year, with the support of Manulife Cambodia, AIP Foundation aims to distribute over 1,200 helmets to students, teachers, and parents at Onlong Vil Primary School through the Helmets for Families program.

See more photos from the activity here.

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Thailand

UPS Volunteers and AIP Foundation kick off Safety Delivered 2019-2020 in Thailand
29 November, 2019 – Bangkok, Thailand

Students with their new quality helmets celebrate at the Safety Delivered 2019-2020 kick-off event in Bangkok, Thailand.

In celebration of AIP Foundation’s Safety Delivered program, more than 500 attendees, including volunteers from UPS (NYSE: UPS), students, parents, school officials, and local stakeholders from 12 program schools attended a program kick-off ceremony at Ban Bangkapi School in Bangkok, Thailand to promote awareness for road safety.

At the kick-off event, 500 helmets were distributed to students in attendance. UPS volunteers trained students on various aspects of helmet safety, including proper size and fit, while further reinforcing the students' understanding of the importance of helmet use and of safe road behavior through interactive road safety games.

Representatives from AIP Foundation; the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior (DDPM); Department of Education, Bangkok; Royal Thai Police; and Ban Bangkapi School were in attendance to demonstrate their support for promoting awareness of the safety of children on roads in Thailand.

Supported by UPS and The UPS Foundation, Safety Delivered is a program by the AIP Foundation that works with young, inexperienced motorcycle riders in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines and India, to educate and eliminate distracted riding behaviour, as well as increase helmet use among children.

See more photos of the event here.

Read the full press release on the kick-off ceremony here.

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China

Walk Wise organizes community awareness event at local kindergarten school for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
17 November, 2019 - Nanba Township, Xuanhan County, Sichuan, China

Students write messages on World Day of Remembrance flyers before conducting outreach on the streets with their teachers to promote community awareness around road safety.

To commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, and in honor of the memory of those who have lost their lives or been injured on the world's roads, AIP Foundation cooperated with a local media partner to promote road safety awareness at Kunchi Yuying Kindergarten through its Walk Wise pedestrian safety program.

AIP Foundation and volunteers from Window of Xuanhan, a local media outlet, conducted interactive games with the kindergarten students to promote their awareness and understanding of safe road behaviors. The children also learned about the message behind this year's theme for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, "Life is not a car part," which reminds us that life is far more valuable than any replaceable part. In Chinese, the message was interpreted to explain that while car parts and cars may have a price, life is priceless and must be valued.

To further promote public awareness through the event, the students also wrote messages on World Day of Remembrance-themed posters before going out onto the streets with their teachers to speak with community members about road safety.

The community-based event was designed to answer the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims' call to action to bring greater attention to the burden and cost of the daily occurrence of road traffic crashes. By inspiring collective reflection and remembrance, the day is designed to encourage communities and countries to determine ways to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on roads worldwide.

AIP Foundation and Window of Xuanhan have previously partnered to deliver road safety messages in Xuanhan County, where the Walk Wise program aims to improve the safety of road users through community education, school-based road safety education, road safety treatments, and capacity-building measures. Since 2017, Walk Wise has been implemented in 17 program schools in Nanba Town, Xuanhan County, where it has reached over 32,000 students, 422 teachers, and 41,143 parents.

See more photos of the community event here.

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Philippines

Celebrating expansion of child helmet use program to the Philippines to protect students on Manila’s roads
October - November, 2019 – Manila, Philippines

Quyen Bui, Program Assistant, AIP Foundation (center) and Cynthia Reyes, Advocacy and Marketing Manager, Automobile Association Philippines (left) work together to conduct classroom trainings for teachers in Manila on proper helmet sizing and fit for students.

In preparation for the launch and expansion of the Safety Delivered program to the Philippines, AIP Foundation traveled to Manila for the months of October and November to launch kick-off meetings with government officials and local schools and begin preparations for upcoming road safety education campaigns and helmet distribution activities for students.

For the 2019-2020 Safety Delivered program in the Philippines, AIP Foundation aims to distribute 2,000 helmets to primary students, with the support of The UPS Foundation, to improve the safety of students on the roads and reduce their risk of road traffic injuries or fatalities.

In formal partnership with the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), AIP Foundation coordinated discussions with local partners and stakeholders to present Safety Delivered program objectives, activity plans, and the school selection process. AIP Foundation staff also visited potential program schools to see if the schools met program criteria, including their location in a high-risk area and low observed rates of helmet use among children transported to school by motorcycle or bicycle.

For the school selection process, AIP Foundation staff assessed helmet wearing rates among students at potential program schools by conducting helmet observations using a video-based methodology developed in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). School selection survey forms, which assess the condition of road infrastructure around schools—such as the presence of road signs or usable sidewalks—were also completed in partnership with school representatives.

See more photos of engagement with local stakeholders in Manila, Philippines here.

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India

Launching partnerships to bring road safety education and helmets to students in Mumbai
26 – 30, November 2019 – Mumbai, India

Mr. Nitin Dossa, Executive Chairman, Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) (center left), Ms. Simran Virk, Director of Road Safety, WIAA (second from left), and Ms. Bohesa Won, Communications and Development Coordinator, AIP Foundation (center right) at the head office of WIAA in Mumbai for the signing of an MoU for the Safety Delivered program in India.

With the aim of promoting the safety of students on roads, AIP Foundation traveled to Mumbai to launch various stakeholder meetings and begin preparations for the expansion of its Safety Delivered program to India.

To prepare for program activities AIP Foundation launched a formal partnership with the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) and presented the Safety Delivered program and its objectives to government stakeholders and education representatives at potential program schools.

AIP Foundation also met with senior traffic and transport officials of the Maharashtra State to further explain the need for the Safety Delivered program and to emphasize the importance of introducing helmet wearing education to students, as well as to improve their access to safety equipment in the form of quality helmets.

School representatives at potential program schools were provided with survey forms to determine the level of risk that students face due to conditions in the road environment around the school, such as the absence of a pedestrian crossing or road signage, as well as low helmet-wearing rates for students who are transported to school by motorcycle.

For Safety Delivered 2019-2020 in India, AIP Foundation aims to distribute 2,000 helmets to students in Mumbai and will work in cooperation with schools and local stakeholders to promote the safety of students at schools with high road traffic risk.

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