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School children in Mae Sariang receive generous help

Hillside Charity Rooftop Party 2008 nominees selected

Bubbling art from Myanmar at CMU Art Gallery

D2 Hotel makes donation to Lahu children in Chiang Dao

School children in Mae Sariang receive generous help

Needy mattresses and bed linen donated to the Long Phe School in Mae Sariang.

The Samsara Foundation together with the Wilde Ganzen Foundation of Holland has donated funds to build a canteen in Huay Pung Mai School located on the top of the mountain in Mae Sariang. The primary and middle school 300 students and they can now cook and eat under a comfortable sheltered area. The opening ceremony was held last month.
The Jan & Oscar foundation in Switzerland and the Samsara Foundation also donated 110 mattresses and bed linen to Long Phe School in Mae Sariang mountain area along with 17 tables and benches for the canteen and kitchen equipment.

 

Hillside Charity Rooftop Party 2008 nominees selected

On Saturday the 4th of August a dinner at the Amari Rincome Hotel will begin at 7pm to decide which charity or charities to support.
The cost of attending the dinner is 450baht per person excluding drinks. The charities or their nominee involved have been invited to do a short presentation about their charity and proposal for funding.
For reservations or further details please contact [email protected]
The following charities have submitted proposals for funding from the 4th Annual Hillside Charity Rooftop Party to be held on the January 12th, 2008.
1. Sri Sang Waan Chiangmai School and the Rajanagarindra Child Development
This school takes care of the handicap students both boarding and day students, from kindergarten to high school. There are now 181 students.
To help the handicap students recover their abilities and provide physical therapy and activities therapy and use part of the funds to build a hydro-therapy pool and other needed equipment.
2. Chiang Mai Cricket Foundation
Our first priority is to build additional practice net facilities at selected central and regional schools. Four schools have already been identified.
In parallel the CMCF will engage professional cricket coaches to visit Chiang Mai.
Arrange to send our skilled young cricketers to academies in Sri Lanka, to gain experience at a much higher level than is available here in Thailand.
We aim to foster and develop women’s cricket. Our long term aim is to employ a full time cricket coach.
3. The Foundation to Encourage the Potential of Disabled Persons
To provide a pickup truck for the following purposes:
To support the Foundation’s six Province-wide disabled home visit programs which include: Initial home visit needs evaluation and assessment. Home delivery of free mobility aids (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, ramps and other mobility related equipment). Pickup and return delivery of mobility aids in need of workshop repairs or replacements. Free, at home physical and occupational therapy to home-bound disabled persons and at-home visits to elderly disabled persons living in rural and remote areas. Currently we have provided free at-home services to more than 650 poor and needy disabled persons.
4. Care for Dogs - A Volunteer Organization
Fund the sterilization of dogs per month using facilities of the Care for Dogs shelter. Fund a series of Community Projects, managed by Care for Dogs, to enable two Thai coordinators to take responsibility for organizing transportation and after care.
Fund two temple Aid Programs established with 2 local schools and fund the development of a Quarantine & Medical Centre at the shelter, to facilitate handling of contagious diseases, preventing outbreaks of distemper, parvovirus etc, quarantine new arrivals and provide clean & organized facilities for inspection & treatments.
5. Chiang Mai Home for Boys
It is an orphanage for 200 boys aged between 6 and 18 years old. It is government run with additional funds donated from the local population and most of the children are either orphaned or abandoned from a very early age. The government provides the basic needs of the children or 35 baht per day for food. We would use the funds to sponsor a boy through college/university. It costs approx 60,000 baht to sponsor a child for a two year course at Mae Jo University. This includes college fees, uniforms, dormitory, books etc. Therefore, 300,000 baht would sponsor 5 children through college.
The Orphanage desperately requires various sports kits and equipment and in addition to the sponsorship of the children through college to spend the remainder on sports kits and equipment such as football kits, volleyball kits, for various ages.
6. Samsara
Samsara works closely with the school communities and parent committees to identify which schools and students are in greatest need of funding. Samsara only pays for skilled labor that is not available in the community. The villagers, who are part of the decision making process and are expected to donate labor for the projects.
Except when skilled labor is required, Samsara’s work is carried out entirely by volunteers. Spending on administration and management is therefore almost negligible. At least 95 percent of foundation funds help goes directly to the projects. So far Samsara has built 31 dormitories, 17 canteens, 4 libraries, 8 concrete water collecting tanks, 14 toilet buildings, 62 clean water installations.
Samsara would fund several projects include the construction of school facilities in isolated regions, the construction of a dormitory for 25 children and a small canteen with kitchen, a new toilet building and repair of the canteen in Huay Muang and provide school books for the 15 poorest schools in the mountains of Mae Sariang, Mae Lanoi and Sop Moei districts.


Bubbling art from Myanmar at CMU Art Gallery

Weird, wonderful and colorful.

Jim Messenger
A really quite wonderful experience is waiting the hurrying visitor who stumbles into CMU’s Art Gallery on the corner of Nimmanhaemin and Suthep Roads. There, he/she will find a plethora of paintings from Myanmar on display until the end of the month.
120 works, 10 or so of them sculptures line the wall of the vast first floor digs, front to back. It’s quite an experience and I suppose the real story is the getting of the works out of the country itself. However they came to Chiang Mai, these works represent the vigorous and still vibrant life of the Burmese people.
What a show and where to begin. Room 1holds some veritable surprises. I’m struck by the whimsy of the three works to one’s right as one sinks. They are by Nay Myo Say and carry the whimsy of Dufy, (if you know your post-war French painters…), or even Matisse in his North African years. Kind of like circus, kind of like carnival, kind of pastiche, but not and more…….these 48 x68 acrylic works cry out to be hugged. See em! Next to, in the ‘monk(s)-walking-in-the-sun-with-umbrellas’ (you’ll see all over Vientiane in smallish formats), check out Min Wae Aung’s: 94 x40 offerings.
Along the same wall Harn Lays’ oil beauties Sinery3, Intay Village drew me in like a lamp. Further down in the corner Hollywood is waiting. Wei Chit Ko’s Reclining Buddha, wow… Sunset Strip! What can I say? Then, kitty corner in the front left area of same room (back one) find flying people. Off the wall!!! City scenes, reminiscent of NYC, people walking others flying…What are they smoking over there?
If you like flat, in the big c room in the front left corner, two works by Muang Muang Hia Myin titled White and Blue Damayangyi, attract with Don Juan (Carlos Casteneda’s) shimmering stillness of the desert, the land of Mexican shamans of perhaps Shambala on a hot day. Serndiyo Myint’s Bagan and Shwe Kyin Creek, equally attract in that genre in smaller format.
There’s something for everyone and a visit before the end of this month will surely demonstrate that there’s life and lots of it still bubbling in the land west of here.


D2 Hotel makes donation to Lahu children in Chiang Dao

Angèle Liu, Executive Assistant Manager (sitting, second from left), Juthamas Waritt, Director of Human Resources (sitting, third from left) together with D2’s agents welcomed by the children and their teacher, Sunee Wongrattanamajcha (sitting, first from left) and Mr Montri Wongwatcharayothin (standing, first from left) Social Development Coordinator of Amphur Chiang Dao.

The management and employee’s welfare committee representatives of D2hotel Chiang Mai presented toys, educational material and some of the hotel’s unused chinaware for the needy hill tribe children in Baan Khun Khon, Tambol Muang-Ngai, in Chiang Dao.
There are 40 Lahu children between 1-12 years old in the community’s child care center whose families are underprivileged and working in the fields.