Hiroshi Tanikawa is 74 years old. He retired at the age of 60 after working for an international commercial company. 13 years ago, he established the Asia Education and Friendship Association (AEFA) – a non-governmental organization to support school construction.

In August 2004, he arrived in Vietnam for the first time, visiting a school in Lang Son province and meeting students and teachers who studied and worked at schools in a bad condition. He was impressed at their will for living and studying. He wanted to help them by building a new school.

Presenting insignia to Hiroshi Tanikawa (Source: CPV)
Over the past ten years, he directly mobilized support to help Vietnam build 140 schools in disadvantaged areas. On average, each school has from three to five class rooms and a new toilet, with an investment of USD40,000.

Addressing at the ceremony, Hiroshi Tanikawa expressed his thanks and said he was honoured to receive this noble award. He said he was happy to help Vietnamese students in remote areas./.

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