Merck Korea Managing Director Kim Woo-kyu, center, and Ansan Multicultural Childcare Center Director Kim Young-ji, second from right, pose with other officials at the center in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province. Photo courtesy of Merck Korea

‘Loving Neighbors’ project underpins multicultural kids

Dr. Kim Woo-kyu recently took charge of Merck Korea, the Seoul-based subsidiary of global science & Technology giant Merck. And his first official event was to help those in need.

Merck Korea said on Sept. 24 that the new managing director delivered 25,000 euros to a multicultural childcare center near Seoul as a part of the “Loving Neighbors” project.

Under its “Bright Future” transformation initiative, Merck picked four charitable projects earlier this year among 30 candidates nominated by its employees across the world. And included in the winners is Korea’s “Loving Neighbors.”

Merck’s Performance Materials business sector provided 25,000 euros to each of the four projects, and Merck Korea handed over its proportion to the childcare center.

It is by no means a one-off event as more than 20 employees of Merck Korea’s Performance Materials segment volunteered to work for the childcare center over the past 10 years, according to Merck.

Merck cares about people and the communities in which we operate as corporate responsibility for our products, the environment and the people around us,” Managing Director Kim said.

We hope that this support will give multicultural children an opportunity to realize their dreams by preparing for their future through various digital-based education.”

The childcare center’s director Kim Young-ji appreciated Merck’s “kind interest.”

This donation from Merck employees will give our underprivileged and multicultural children in the region a new challenge and a great deal of courage,” she said.

With this fund, we are now able to continue providing Korean lessons to support a better integration into Korean society, set up a multimedia facility, and provide a stable and healthy environment for them.”