SPINS®, the leading provider of data-driven solutions for the Natural and Specialty industries announced the launch of Salt and Light Academy in Yangon, Myanmar. The school and orphanage are the culmination of a vision of SPINS’ Owner and CEO, Tony Olson, in partnership with his wife, Doctor Izabel Olson, founder and executive director of Salt and Light Coalition, and Empower International.
The institution will employ six full-time teachers and accommodate up to 150 orphaned and underprivileged children. Salt and Light Academy features a newly refurbished orphanage building alongside a new two-story construction with multiple bedrooms and classrooms. In much of the world, poor and uneducated children are the most vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation. The Academy will act as a safe haven for children to learn and grow.
“We are extremely grateful to Salt and Light Coalition for helping give these underprivileged girls and boys the possibility of a bright and fruitful future,” said Empower International’s founder Todd Powers.
“At SPINS, our mission is to make healthy products accessible to all consumers for them to live vibrant lives. The core of vibrancy includes access to basic human rights, including safety, education, and emotional and spiritual well-being. My hope is that business leaders in Chicago and beyond will step into this opportunity and partner with me and my wife to do our part,” said Tony Olson. “Izabel and I hope to expand the program to other cities around the world.”