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Smart Axiata announces next round of relief fund

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Cambodia’s leading telecommunications company Smart Axiata has announced the next round of recipients from Smart Axiata’s “$1 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund”.

The newly funded initiatives will include a guided virtual learning programme in remote communities by Save the Children, Personal hygiene awareness program by East Meets West Foundation and an online vocational training for vulnerable school leavers by Bayon Education and Development.

As well as, access to a finance programme for MSMEs by Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia and an online start-up resiliency awareness programme by Impact Hub Phnom Penh.

In March, Smart Axiata announced the Fund in a demonstration of support as the Kingdom deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The dedicated Fund, which is over and above Smart’s annual corporate social responsibility commitment of more than 1 percent of company revenue, is expected to provide monetary assistance for high impact solutions to address Cambodia’s most urgent needs during and after the crisis.

“This group of beneficiaries were primarily chosen after taking heed of various calls to support rural society who may not be able to fully leverage the online education initiatives by the Royal Government, and also the much-needed targeted support for the startup community as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are greatly affected by this crisis,” said Thomas Hundt, Chief Executive Officer of Smart Axiata.

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