Marvin was very excited as he looked
through his special “Guinness Book of Records” this week because he
discovered that the biggest restaurant in the world is actually in Thailand.
It is called the Mang Gorn Luang or Royal Dragon Restaurant and it is in
Bangkok. The restaurant can seat up to 5000 people and it has 1200 staff to
help look after customers. It opened in 1991 and it serves about 3000 meals
every hour. Wow, that’s a lot of meals every day! Another special thing
about this restaurant is that the waiters wear roller skates so that they
can move around faster.
Have you ever been to this restaurant?
Marvin would like to go there, so write to him and tell him about it. You
can send your letters to:
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145
1) Why did the hen go to the doctor?
2) What did the shepherd say to his sheep?
3) Where does a sheep take a bath?
4) What did one scarecrow say to the other scarecrow?
1) To get a chick up
2) Hey you (ewe)
3) In a baa-tub
4) Hey man!
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Fifth Annual Gala for the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children
Text by Renee Vines
Photos by Annelie Hendriks and Renee Vines
The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC)
will hold its fifth gala dinner on February 28, 2004, at Le Grand Lanna.
A special project for the funds raised from the event is
the construction of a Library Study Center at the Huay Singh School in the
Mae Sariang District. This facility will serve children from three villages
and provide a place where all can have access to books and a comfortable
place to study. The current library leaks in the rainy season, is too small
and has almost no books.
Previous galas have been spectacularly successful. The
first gala was held in 1999 when a group of volunteers at Viengping
Children’s Home became aware that the Orphanage needed a vehicle and a new
Toyota truck was purchased and presented to the Director of Social Services
Encouraged by this success, the group decided to hold a
second Gala to build a two-room weekend school at Ban Mae Jong in the Doi
Saket district used by over 100 children.
The third annual gala raised money to build a two-room
pre-school at Sadosa, a Karen mountain village in Mae Chaem. The very young
village children now stay in a modern concrete building where two teachers
work with them on developing skills, including the acquisition of the Thai
language, since their first language is Karen.
FERC became aware of the vital need of a dormitory at the
Thai elementary school, Pang Hin Fon, on the mountain. The funds for this
project were raised at the fourth (2002) Gala. At this event, additional
money was raised for the renovation of an existing building to serve as a
Resource Center at the Ban Mae Jong week-end-school.
The Gala is now a firmly established Chiang Mai
institution, with over 200 people attending each year. The evening includes
dinner, an auction of items donated by local business, and entertainment.
The first four Galas were held at Twelve Gables, the home of Gary Dilley.
When the organization became a legal Thai Foundation in 2002, Gary served as
its first Chairman until his death on February 1, 2003.
This year’s event will be held in the grounds of the
new Mandarin Oriental in Chiang Mai, which will open in November 2004. Le
Grand Lanna Restaurant will cater the evening. The exquisite grounds will
provide expanded possibilities for the evening. Among these will be the
opportunity for guests to enjoy dancing following dinner.
FERC hopes that additional funds will come from the
evening to contribute to its ongoing scholarship program. FERC has provided
money for uniforms and other necessary school expenses to many children and
is sponsoring its first CMU student, who is now in his second year with
plans to become a teacher. The Foundation is eager to expand this program
and will be accepting applications in the near future.
The mission of The Foundation for the Education for Rural
Children is “To provide access to basic education in rural Thailand.”
Through the various building projects and the scholarship program, this
mission is becoming a reality. Committee members are Marc Dumur, Luxami
Dumur, Annelie Hendriks, Celeste Holland, Rebecca Lomax, Jo Steele and Renee
The ticket price remains 1,500 baht and tickets will also
be on sale at the Amari Rincome Guest Relations, at Chiangmai Mail office
(Marion) and from committee members. There is also a 5,000 baht patron
ticket for those who wish to support the work of FERC more substantially.
See you at the February 28th Gala.
The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children was
the lucky recipient of two donations, each for 150,000 baht, when the
Foreign Anti Narcotic Community (FANC) and DHL Worldwide Express, Thailand,
teamed up and raised money for them.
Reanphong (right), DHL Service Center manager, Chiang Mai office, matched
the donation with 150,000 on behalf of DHL.
Brian Lamb from New Zealand, president, and Melissa
Northam from Australia, secretary, traveled to Chiang Mai to present the
check from FANC to Foundation board members Marc Dumur, Jo Steele, Becky
Lomax, and Annelie Hendricks.
Pitat Reanphong, DHL Service Center manager, Chiang Mai
office, matched the donation with 150,000 on behalf of DHL. The donation
will be used for scholarships for needy children identified by the Samsara
Foundation, which Annelie Hendricks also represents, and by Fr. Miguel
Garaizabal of Seven Fountains Center.
left: Marc Dumur, Jo Steele, Becky Lomax, Melissa Northam from Australia,
Annelie Hendricks and Brian Lamb, president DHL from New Zealand presented a
150,000 baht check to the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children
FANC held its annual charity ball in Bangkok during the
holiday season, and featured a DVD with photos and video footage filmed by
Henry Caspiel with text written by John Irvin, both of the United Nations.
The video was filmed at Ban Mae Jong School in Doi Saket
District, about 30 minutes from Chiang Mai City, one of the schools that the
foundation built with money raised at its annual gala.
Partygoers at the FANC ball bought 150,000 baht worth of
raffle tickets, a 50% increase over past years. DHL, Thailand, noted the
needs of the children and the programs of the foundation, and the company
matched the 150,000 baht with an additional 150,000 baht.
The foundation will hold its next gala on February 28 at Le Grand Lanna.
Payap University hosts international learning seminar
The Service-Learning program is a well-known and globally
recognized program that is used worldwide allowing students to apply what
they have studied in their lecture room to the real professional world.
Betty C. Abregana, associate director Asian Christian Higher Education
Institute, gave the keynote address at the 22nd International Conference for
Service Learning. (Photo by Chin Ratitamkul)
The 22nd International Conference of the International
Partnership for Service-Learning was held at Payap University from January
3-10 gathering educators and service providers from around the world to
discuss how service-learning lays the foundation for leadership that in turn
builds stronger, healthier and more peaceful societies.
This year, Payap University had attracted some famous and
distinguished speakers including Dr. Saisuree Chutikul, chairman of the
Payap University board of trustees and member of the UN Committee on the
Rights of the Child.
Another speaker was Dr. Adel Safty, dean of the
International Institute of Leadership and Public Affairs at the University
of Bahcesehir, Turkey and permanent UNESCO chair in International
Leadership, author of Leadership and Democracy.
Yuthachai Damrongmanee, Payap University’s Service
Learning program director, said that institutions of higher education around
the world are discovering that uniting academic study and volunteer service
is producing a new kind of leader, aware of the problems facing communities,
nations and the world, and committed to addressing them in a cooperative and
This program is opened twice a year so students above
junior level can register for it. Yuthachai added that this program aims to
help improve students’ capacity to receive hands-on experience and work
closely with a local community. “We have received good responses from all
local service providers. We will assign a job for all students and then they
will narrow their topic down and find the right solution for each provider
to strengthen their business,” he concluded.
Since 1982 more than 4,000 students from over 400
colleges and universities in the U.S. and 25 other nations have participated
in IPS-L (International Partnership for Service Learning) for academic
credit recognized by the students’ home institutions.
IPS-L was founded in 1982, as an incorporated, not-for-profit
organization of colleges, universities, service agencies and related
organizations, united to foster and develop programs linking volunteer
service and academic study.