Rotary Club of Fayetteville and the Thai Kids Project
The Rotary International theme "Sow the Seeds of
Love" took on new meaning with a project the Rotary Club of
Fayetteville launched in partnership with two Thai clubs. Thanks to former
Fayetteville residents Holly and Jerry Rose, the Rotary Club of Fayetteville
partnered with two Rotary Clubs in Chiang Mai to help rural kids have a
chance at education. The World Community Service committee spearheaded the
"Jump Start: Thai Kids Project."
Kids Project Members
The Roses have lived in Chiang Mai for the past two years
and have coordinated the project in Thailand. They are volunteers with the
Foundation for the Education of Rural Children in Chiang Mai. Several of the
foundation board members are also members of the Chiang Mai West and the
Rotary Club of Chiang Puak Rotary Clubs. Needing a local partner club in the
project country, the Fayetteville club is partnering with both Thai clubs on
Locally, members of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville
donated $5,588 for the project. Rotary District Governor Ed Clifford of
Bentonville donated matching funds from Rotary District Funds. The Rotary
International Foundation is also providing matching funds, so the grand
total funded for the project will be $20,997. The funds will help to equip
the rural mountain village schools with desks, chairs, books, and teaching
materials, as well as cots and blankets for the dormitories. The funds will
be used to purchase the needed equipment in Thailand. The schools are in the
mountainous region north of Chiang Mai.
Last year, the Roses presented a program on the Rural
Children’s Foundation to the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, which instilled
a desire in club members to want to help. Other needs were expressed and the
Rotary Club of Fayetteville launched the "Happy Feet" project.
Several years ago, the club donated shoes to the Guatemala Children’s Home
in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Club member Pat Molle contacted several
Wal-Mart shoe suppliers and invited them to partner with the club to meet
the footwear needs of the children. To date several suppliers have expressed
interest and the Brown Shoe Company has donated 100 pairs of sturdy leather
shoes. Each pair of shoes is being sent with two pairs of crew socks. Rural
Thai children seldom have new clothing or shoes, so this will be a real
treat for them.
Club member George "Bear" Graen cut dry erase
lapboards to send along. Teacher materials are difficult to obtain, so the
club is gathering items that cannot be purchased in Thai stores for the
"We are so fortunate to live in Wal-Mart’s
backyard," said Patsy Brewer, WCS chair. Through these contacts, the
Brown Shoe Company, a Wal-Mart supplier, has donated 100 pairs of children’s
leather shoes for these schoolchildren. Lisa Hanly in the St. Louis office
believed in the project and facilitated having the shoes donated. Not many
children in Thailand have shoes, so these lucky kids will be wearing the
"boot tread" shoes on their way to a new learning experience. The
Roses said, "The kids will just love their shoes. The Thai love color
and the girls’ lavender boots will be a big hit."
The Rotary Club of Fayetteville is 78 years old and meets weekly at the
Radisson Hotel. For more information, contact President Jim Huffman at
Chiang Mai host to Buddhist Youth Exchange
Thailand hosted the Inter-Cultural Buddhist Youth
Exchange Program III 2003, arranged by the World Fellowship of Buddhist
Youth (W.F.B.Y.) April 21-28. 60 Buddhist youths from 11 Asian countries,
including Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand and 20 youth observers attended
the exchange program, which was held in Bangkok April 21-22 and 27-28 and in
Chiang Mai April 23-26.
youths listen intently.
people participated in the opening ceremonies at Chiang Mai University.
Uraiwan Thianthong, Minister of Culture, presided over
the welcoming ceremony of the exchange program at Humanities Building 7,
Chiang Mai University.
The program was established by the World Fellowship of
Buddhist Youth and first began in 2001, co-hosted by Dhammakaya Foundation (DKF)
and the Young Buddhist Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage (YBAT).
In 2002, the program was hosted by Malaysia.
youths enjoy activities at the youth camp in Chiang Mai.
untangle this mess? Buddhist youths practice interpersonal skills at the
The youth exchange program is useful and valuable for young Buddhists.
The objectives of the program are to provide an environment of self-learning
on Buddhist education through multi-Buddhist culture, enable the sharing of
various Buddhist youth lifestyle activities, seeking cooperation among the
youth and to initiate WFBY’s Club 25 as an alumni society for the program
Chinese Studies Center opens at the Rajabhat Institute in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Governor Pisit Khetphasook and Jang Gua-Ching,
Chinese Consul-General in Chiang Mai, jointly presided over the opening
ceremony of the Chinese Studies Center at the Rajabhat Institute in Chiang
women perform the stunningly beautiful fan dance during the opening
perform a fan dance to celebrate the occasion.
Mai Governor Pisit Khetphasook (left), Assoc Wannawadee Mahlampong (center),
the rector of Rajabhat Institute of Chiang Mai, and Jang Gua-Ching, the
Chinese consul-general, cut the ceremonial ribbon at the opening ceremony.
The institute established the center in response to the
academic exchange program it has run with Beijing Foreign Studies University
from 1991 and from 2001 with Guangxi University and Guangxi Normal
The center is at room 121, on the 2nd floor of the
Rajabhat building 1. The center will provide information about Chinese
language, culture, economy and politics, for both institute’s students and
lecturers and also to strengthen international relationships between
Thailand and China.
Tips for happy families
A meeting aimed at providing the secret for a happier
family life was held at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel on April 26. A joint
cooperation by Advance Info Service (AIS), Chiang Mai Municipality, Radio
Thailand’s Chiang Mai Provincial Office, Chiang Mai Ram I Hospital and
Waree Chiang Mai School, the event was held with support from the Thai
activities area at the seminar, a young mother colors with her child.
Amporn (left) was interviewed by Khun Add, famous MC on TV.
area of the seminar, it was all about children enjoying play.
Many participants brought their family members to
participate in the family seminar. While parents were listening to a lecture
from Dr Amporn Benjapholphitak, the deputy director of Children and Youth
Mental Health Institute, Department of Mental Health, the children enjoyed
games and an exhibition in another part of the seminar.
Dr Amporn’s lecture was on strategies for family happiness and good
relations. She focused on the important role that the family institution was
playing in our society. She also advised on how to cope with the dangers of
age gap, miscommunications and misunderstandings.