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What is FERC? Feast! Entertainment! Raffle! Charity!

Something for ‘Nothing’ for IB Visual Arts students at Prem

Grade Two’s trip to the zoo

Dazzling fashion show at Central Airport Plaza

What is FERC? Feast! Entertainment! Raffle! Charity!

FERC’s first Give and Live Benefit!

Scott Jones

A registered American public charity and a government-registered Thai foundation since 2002, the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC) has a straightforward mission: “To offer access to basic education for rural children.” Since its first inspired project in 1999, presenting a gala benefit to raise funds for new truck for Viengping Children’s Home in Mae Rim, FERC has built schools and dormitories in rural northern Thailand with the help of the Samsara Foundation, provided furnishings, educational materials and scholarships, and diligently worked with other non-profit corporations to fulfill their mission.

Children from the ‘Children’s Garden’. (Photo by Marc Dumur)

Join them for an excellent evening of entertainment, food, prizes and goodwill: FERC’s first in a series of Give and Live Benefits to support their charity work for children in Thailand. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Children’s Garden (Lahu Helping Hand Project). And you’ll have the opportunity to contribute towards scholarships, bedding, furniture or other needs and purchase baskets, bags and handicrafts made by the children.

Who: Anyone and everyone but seating is limited!

What: Give and Live Benefit: a sumptuous sit-down banquet, secret raffle prizes, pop/jazz/blues concert and a sweet performance by the Children’s Garden kids!

Where: Fondue House, 18/1 Airport Road, Chiangmai (053-201-551)

When: Saturday, 30 October 2004 at 7 p.m.

How: Your donation of 1000 baht includes raffle ticket, and covers banquet, and entertainment. Reserve your space or get your tickets at Amari Rincome Hotel (053-221-044 ext. 14), Chiangmai Mail (053-234-102), and Good Morning Chiangmai News (053-278 516).

The garden is growing. “After visiting the Children’s Garden and experiencing what they’ve already done for 26 Lahu, Akha and Karen orphans who have lost their families to AIDS and other misfortunes,” says Marc Dumur, Chairman of FERC, “we are committed to help them meet their present needs and expand so they may take in more children. Not only do the kids learn languages and the basics, they work together preparing meals, doing laundry, growing mushrooms, fruits and vegetables, and raising fish, pigs, snails and frogs for food. I’d like to enroll in the mushroom course myself!”

Give and Live is an non-profit corporation devoted to helping less fortunate folks in SE Asia and giving displaced peoples the tools and knowledge necessary to obtain and sustain healthy, quality lives as vital, contributing world citizens. “These benefits will be a festive way to bring a musical message to the city and take some money to the country,” says Scott Jones, chairman of Give and Live. “Soon we plan to take an entertaining, educational, HIV/AIDS focused concert into FERC assisted schools, into villages and hill tribes…to give them a show they’ll never forget, packed with health facts, so they’ll live a long time to remember it. Hopefully we can even save a few lives.”

Something for ‘Nothing’ for IB Visual Arts students at Prem

David Michaels

Twenty-two grade eleven and twelve students from the Prem Tinsulanonda International School visited the Chiang Mai University Art Museum to attend an exciting new exhibition. This International Baccalaureate Visual Arts class field trip was led by teacher Joanna Moon.

Listening at the CMU art museum opening…

The exhibition, entitled “Nothing,” features works by two Thai artists, Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Students were able to see a variety of art forms, including photography, printmaking, painting, and even a presentation of the cooking of Pad Thai.

Prem student Yui immerses herself in “Nothing” - an exciting new exhibition at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum.

The Prem students who attended were able to enjoy the artwork and also interact and discuss the exhibition with the artists themselves. According to Joanna, one important theme of the Visual Arts class is identity and the exploration of each student’s own culture and environment. Quite fittingly, the artwork of Rirkrit and Kamin is based largely on their own life experiences and self-identity.

By sharing their ideas and influences, the artists helped to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world experience. Joanna stated, “I think that field trips in art are essential to our students. The direct interaction with artists develops the students’ own awareness of art and art in the Chiang Mai community and helps to develop their critical thinking skills.”

One is probably tempted to ask what comes next for these twenty-two Prem students who got something from “Nothing.” Fortunately, a physics class field trip is just around the corner.

Grade Two’s trip to the zoo

Miss Sally and Miss Jane

The Lanna International School second graders went to the zoo to discover the world of birds. They had been studying birds and this gave them a chance to see them up close and how they live in their natural habitat.

You cannot see in a photo just how noisy they are!

The day began visiting the noisy parrots. After that they entered into the world of how small birds build nests from coconuts. Then, they traveled up to discover the world of the birds of prey and the nocturnal owls sleeping in the daytime. Then it was time for them to see the bird show. They saw parrots race each other and stage acts. Later, the class ventured to the cold climate to visit the playful penguins.

Everybody wanted to be the first to see the penguins and the noisy parrots.

Towards the end of the day they took a trek into the bird aviary giving them the opportunity to be near to many different species of birds. They stopped and listened for a long time to all the bird’s different sounds.

They ended the day very tired but the day’s experiences has helped them understand the complexities of life among our feathered friends.

Dazzling fashion show at Central Airport Plaza

Staff reporters

The Institute of Rajamangkala Technology, Payap campus, and San Kamphaeng School, a non-formal education service center, organized a “Lertlar Napalai” (glorious sky) fashion show on September 19 at Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai.

Director of the Institute Chaiyong Uawiriyanukul (center) cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of the fashion show.

The event was to promote local textiles, designs, fashion trends, and Thai traditional costumes for the domestic and overseas markets, created by those attending San Kamphaeng. The fashion show also took the form of a contest rating the 64 outfits.

It was presided over by the director of the institute, Chaiyong Uawiriyanukul, on behalf of the rector, Assoc Prof Namyuth Songthanapitak.

A variety of fashion trends for the local and international markets on show.