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American students learn from those in need

The Siang Nanachart Flute Ensemble to perform at AUA

Lahu hilltribe children receive food and school supplies

English language camp at the American Corner

Major changes may take place at Gymkhana Club

American students learn from those in need

Kendall, Aaron and Leif recording an interview with teacher Khun Phi and student Thongchai at the Children’s Garden at Doi Saket.

As part of a community service project, four high school students from Seattle, Washington in the US visited Chiang Mai to produce a promotional video about the charity work and efforts of FERC, the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children.
Students Dan Ring, Kendall, Leif and Aaron (all 17 years old) recently traveled here to visit projects in which FERC has been sponsoring.
Using their video recorder the students visited new schools, dormitories, water treatment installations and spent time interviewing the school principals, teachers as well as the local students.
Their recorded material will be edited into a narrated video that depicts the challenges of educating poor Thai children and FERC’s involvement in this endeavor. Copies of their product will be available for promotional purposes here, and abroad.


The Siang Nanachart Flute Ensemble to perform at AUA

On July 7 at 7.30 pm at the AUA Auditorium, the Siang Nanachart Flute Ensemble is going to present an eclectic array of music including Javea” from “Divertimento-Jazz” (Raymond Guiot), Toccata and Fugue-Jazz Version (J.S. Bach), Nocture No.2-Jazz Version (Chopin), Never Mind the Hungry Men’s Blues (H.M. King Bhumibol), Long Mae Ping (Jaran Manopetch), The Londonderry Air (Irish Traditional), Riverdance (Bill Whelan) among many other pieces.
Tickets for adults are 200 baht and students 100 baht. For reservations please call Xavier Flute Studio: 053 820 464 (Mon-Fri 1-8 pm, Sat 9am-4pm)
Siang Nanacharty founded by Hiroshi Matsushima in 2005, Flute Ensemble Siang-Nanachart is comprised of 4 elite flutists of Thailand. “Siang-Nanachart” translates to “International Sound”.


Lahu hilltribe children receive food and school supplies

Representatives and volunteers from Feed The Children seen hear with children from the Lahu tribe at Ban Huay Tard.

A delegation of senior management and executives from NUSKIN Thailand recently visited the Lahu village of Ban Huay Tard with representatives of Feed The Children Thailand and Christian Outreach Center.
NUSKIN is donating in excess of 30,000 kilos of vita meal, a rice and lentil based meal high in nutrition designed by professors in the United States. Vita meal is specifically targeted at children and adults who suffer from poor nutrition either as a result of flood, famine, and drought or from man made phenomenon (wars/conflicts). Vita meal was invented after a retired US professor visited famine hit areas of Africa in the 1980’s.

Delivering boxes of vita meal, a rice and lentil based meal high in nutrition designed by professors in the United States.
In addition 7 million baht was raised by the NUSKIN distributors so they could help pay for the school materials and provide students with writing books, colored pencils, pens and sharpeners.
Feed The Children and NUSKIN have been working together in 25 different countries around the world, ranging from Thailand and Philippines in Asia, to Malawi, Ethiopia and South Africa in the African continent and many Central American countries including Guatemala and Honduras.
FTC-Thailand is shipping the vita meal in conjunction with its local partner, Christian Outreach Center to benefit hundreds of malnourished and homeless children throughout Thailand and particularly Ban Huay Tard village in Chiangmai province (approx 30km from Mae Tang).
Other beneficiaries include homeless people in Ranong province and people living in refugee camps in northern Thailand. Although the partner is a Christian organization, any beneficiary is welcome regardless of religion. The benefits of this vita meal distribution are apparent to those who have seen the dramatic improvement in health conditions of the children receiving the product, FTC-T have noted significant weight gain in hilltribe children who have been receiving the product.
Feed The Children Thailand is a locally registered charity that has been operating in Chiangmai since 1990 and supports a number of children’s homes in Chiangmai and assist groups that work with displaced people in the border regions.

The Lahu tribe children all smiles as the receive school supplies and food.


English language camp at the American Corner

US Consul General Bea Camp (third from right back row) with teachers and students who attended the English Language Camp at the American Corner located at Chiang Mai University.

Students and teachers from four Chiang Mai high schools learned how to use new English teaching materials at Chiang Mai University’s American Corner.
The “English Language Camp for Teachers and Teens” was sponsored the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the American Corner, with support from the U.S. Consulate General.
The recent Saturday session focused on training teachers from Prince’s Royal College, Yupparaj Wittayalai, Chiang Mai University Demonstration School, and Wathanothai Payap.
Approximately 50 students from these schools joined their teachers and trainers last Sunday for an English scavenger hunt and other language learning activities, including searching on the Internet in English and using “authentic materials” such as maps and magazines from real life rather than designed for the classroom.


Major changes may take place at Gymkhana Club

Committee members of the Gymkhana Club attend the annual general meeting, l/r Eric Little. David Walker, Warasai Unachak, Chris Simmonds and Michael Berbae.

Chiengmai Ghymkhana Club held its annual general meeting last Sunday, June 24th on the club grounds. Over 75 members were present to hear Chairman Wasarai present an overview of the Club’s situation.
It was made clear to the members that the Club needs additional income if it is to survive. In this light, a joint venture proposal was on the agenda, with an overwhelming majority voting to proceed with negotiations with a current investment group seeking to build a boutique hotel on the Club’s grounds.
The Gymkhana Club Committee will proceed detailing out a contract that will be presented at an EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) for membership approval.
The meeting also saw the reelection of Wasarai Unachak, David Walker, Eric Little, and Chris Simmonds. Michael Berbae opted not to stand for reelection. Richard Colburn was elected to serve in his place.