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Building a house for the children

Cambridge presents certificates

Building a house for the children

The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children has begun construction of a dormitory at the Pang Hin Fon School near Mae Chaem. The funds for the building were raised at the Foundationís annual gala held at Twelve Gables on November 17, 2002. The dorm will accommodate approximately fifty students from several mountain villages in the Mae Chaem area and will be completed in February 2003.

Teachers and students at the FERC school in Sadosa. The school was dedicated in the spring of 2001 with a ceremony and lunch provided by the Foundation for all 300 villagers.

The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children, FERC, has also built a weekend school in Ban Mae Jong, Doi Saket, where local children in need of supplementary instruction attend Saturday and Sunday classes. An existing building at the Ban Mae Jong School has been renovated to serve as a resource center for the weekend school and will be supplied with educational materials. Anyone having materials and computers to donate should contact the Foundation at the address below.

A pre-school was completed and dedicated in the Spring of 2002 in Sadosa, a Karen village in the mountains beyond Mae Chaem. Village preschoolers are receiving instruction in the Thai language and skills building while their mothers work in the fields. This early education should make it possible for more Sadosa children to successfully go on to primary Thai school.

You can already see what it will be one day...

The children of Ban Mae Jong are all smiles during at the ground breaking for their weekend enrichment school built by the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children. The children are more than happy to help and share not only the finished work but also the sweat and labor which comes with building a house. And it looks like they enjoy it tremendously.

The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children became a registered Thai foundation and a registered public charity in the United States in 2002. In 2002 FERC instituted a scholarship program and awards totaling 228,285 baht were made. Applications are considered as they are received and awards are made on the basis of need and availability of funds.

Those wishing information on the activities of FERC can consult the website at

Donations can be made to either the scholarship program, the building fund or without specification. The address for the Foundation is: The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children, P.O. Box 218, Chiangmai University Post Office, Chiangmai 50202, Thailand.

Current Board members are: Luxami Dumur, Marc Dumur, Rebecca Lomax, Dr. Amnuay Tapingkae, Celeste Tolibas-Holland, Renee Vines and never forgotten will be the driving force of the foundation, the late Gary Dilley, who is missed by all.

Cambridge presents certificates

On Thursday, January 9, some 17 students from Montfort College were awarded Starters Level certificates for English as a Foreign Language from the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). Students at Montfort College have been taking University of Cambridge Examinations since 1999.

Presenting at the occasion were British Council director David Hopkinson (standing back, left), British Council training and development coordinator Ravee Phoewham (second from right), Montfort International director Mark Varney, (3rd from right), Montfort International advisor Norman Cunliffe (right), and Wiratchada Lertrommayanunt (front left) head of Foreign Languages at Montfort College.