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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.