In 2013 Saltire Energy reached out to support a Far East community within which it operates, and sponsored the 5th Annual Phuket Oilfield Classic Run to help raise funds for the completion of Good Shepherd School for children of migrant workers on the island. Discovering there was still a shortfall in funds after the event, Saltire Energy stepped in to provide the further support required to complete the project.
The original school, which was set up in 2010, consisted of three concrete blocks with little more than fencing and a roof – just a blackboard and teacher. Twenty children initially enrolled for classes, varying in ages from two to 14, none of whom had ever received any schooling.
And so, with the backing of Saltire Energy, a brand new two storey school with six classrooms, a common room, library, nursery and outside terrace was opened the year after.
The school now provides safe, clean and practical schooling to over 150 underprivileged Burmese immigrant children, who are at significant risk of human trafficking and sexual abuse. Saltire Energy also rebuilt two schools in Tacloban in the Philippines that were severely damaged by the 2013 typhoon.