Woong-Ki Kim, chairman of Sae-A, and Jovenel Moise, the President of Haiti, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of S&H Secondary School

Woong-Ki Kim, chairman of Sae-A, and Jovenel Moise, the President of Haiti, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of S&H Secondary School

South Korea's Sae-A Trading, one of the world's largest apparel manufacturers and exporters, has reiterated its commitment to Haiti, where it employs more than 10,000 people, by opening a second school in the country.

The company already funds the S&H Primary School, which opened in September 2015 in a neighbourhood near the Caracol Industrial Park in northern Haiti, to educate the children of many of its garment workers.

Together with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), S&H Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sae-A, built the new S&H Secondary School adjacent to the primary school, enabling local children to continue their education. Indeed, the students who have graduated from the primary school now make up its first class.

The free education means students at the secondary school will continue to study in Creole, French and English. They will also continue to receive a balanced hot meal each day, the company told just-style.

The next pledge from Sae-A chairman Woong-Ki Kim will see the company build a high school ready to accept graduates from the secondary school in 2019. When complete, the S&H schools will educate 700 students from kindergarten through Grade 12.

 "Our company believes that education and health are the bedrock for future professional and personal growth and development," Kim says, adding: "One of Sae-A's guiding values is to be the best possible partner to the communities in which we work. The S&H schools exemplify commitment to the people of northern Haiti, especially Caracol."

Sae-A has been active in northern Haiti since 2011 when, in the wake of the destruction from the 2010 earthquake, it committed US$85m to building a state-of-the-art garment manufacturing facility in Caracol.

The first operations began in 2012 and today Sae-A's facilities employ over 10,000 Haitians and are expected to export more than 65m garments this year.

"We are especially proud that our presence has drawn other investors to Northern Haiti," continues chairman Kim. "Providing reliable work for thousands who had never been part of the formal economy and allowing them to approach the future with a steady means of support.

"We will continue to invest in northern Haiti and support our workers, their families and our neighbors, be it through transportation programmes, medical clinics, recreation activities, environmental sustainability programmes, or adult education."

Sae-A employs over 60,000 people in 41 production facilities across Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Vietnam producing over 1m articles of clothing a day. The company's vertical operations range from yarn production through to fabric mills, as well as retail operations in Korea, with exports exceeding $1.6bn.