2015 was a very difficult year for Argentina in general, and for the country’s automotive industry in particular. In this context, the goal of Volkswagen Argentina was to maintain its social initiatives, especially its volunteer activities. We were able to continue with all our ongoing educational projects, from elementary school through to university. One highlight can be seen at the Ferdinand Porsche Institute, where a private-public joint venture between VW Argentina and the National Technology University provides a launch pad for careers in automotive engineering.
As part of a project launched in 2008, Volkswagen donates equipment for measuring the visual acuity of children in elementary schools. For example, Volkswagen provides a vehicle for local medical personnel to travel to the schools. In 2015, more than 5,000 schoolchildren were given eye examinations. More than 1,000 pairs of glasses were paid for by Volkswagen and provided to those in need. Since the project was initiated in 2008, more than 9,000 children with impaired vision have been given assistance.
“Eye exams and glasses for thousands of elementary-school children in the municipality of Tigre.”
In Argentina, we maintain an intensive dialog with our suppliers, dealers and employees, as well as local NGOs.