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.
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
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
already see what it will be one day...
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 http://www.thai-rural-education-education.org
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.