A spirit of altruism took over a Japanese investor who happens to visit a public school in Palau for the first time.

Noticing that some classrooms were already in bad conditions and knowing that a lot of kids will be needing them once the school resumes classes after the break, RAM Corporation President Shimizu Michinori thought about ways that he and his company could do to help.

This prompted them to donate $70,000 to the Emmaus Gospel Kindergarten to be able to help in the construction of two new classrooms at the school.

RAM Corporation President Michinori Shimizu (left) and Emmaus Gospel Kindergarten Principal Prima Kual signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the handover of $70,000 to the school for the construction of two classrooms during the ceremony at the Emmaus Gospel Kindergarten in Koror on September 25. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Michinori, together with some Japanese investors, personally visited the school on September 25, to give the amount for the construction of two classrooms. The school’s principal, Prima Kual, received the gift on behalf of the school.

Michinori, together with 17 other members of the RAM Corporation, came all the way from Japan to personally extend the fund. Aside from the amount they had offered, the Japanese investors also brought some new toys from Japan to give them to the children.

Pupils at the Emmaus Gospel Kindergarten performs a song presentation for the guests during the handover ceremony at the school campus on September 25. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Michinori said that as investors in Palau, they wanted to give back to the community. This is not the first time that their group had offered support to an institution in Palau as they had also previously extended support for another kindergarten.

The construction of the two new classrooms is expected to begin soon, Michinori said.

Koror State Governor Franco Gibbons, who was present during the handover ceremony, had also given out $5,000 as additional support for the school.

As a sign of gratitude, pupils of the Emmaus Gospel Kindergarten offered song presentations to the amusement of the guests.

According to Michinori, they had been doing investments in Palau for three years already and it is always part of their goals to always give back to the Palauan people. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)