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Women’s group provides building to hill tribe school

Samsara Foundation commended for dedicated work for underprivileged children

An exciting array of prizes for a great cause!

Women’s group provides building to hill tribe school

Khajohn Boonpath
Foyer De La Femme, a private organization run by the Luxemburg Women’s Group, supported the Karen students at Ban Nong Khao Klang, Huay Puling, Muang, Mae Hong Son by providing a budget to construct a school building, a student hostel, a solar energy generator, and school equipment to make it the education center for all surrounding villages since they have all been cut off from the outside world due to the rainy season.

Mrs. Lily Gansen represented the Foyer De La Femme at the presentation.
On November 12, 2007, Foyer De La Femme, led by Mrs. Lily Gansen chaired the presentation of the student hostel, the solar energy generator and cafeteria for Ban Nong Khao Klang School. Mr. Tawwsak Wattanathammarak, Deputy Governor of Mae Hong Son, was on hand to receive the donation.
This organization is a charity organization run by the Luxemburg Women’s group, that supports the school in Mae Hong Son through Mr. Wolfgang Magofsky.

School Children wave Thai and Luxembourg flags at the entrance to the school.

In 2005, a budget was approved to construct the 5 room school building as well as provide school equipment for Ban Nong Khao Klang School. The construction was completed and handed over to the school on November 25, 2006. Later on, the school requested that the organization consider providing additional support to construct the school’s hostel, cafeteria and solar energy generator. The school planned on expanding the secondary level when several new students from nearby villages enrolled. In 2006, Foyer De La Femme approved the budget as requested, and finished construction in October, and presented the buildings to the school on November 12, 2007.
Ban Nong Khao Klang Village in Huay Puling has lots of Karen inhabitants. The means of communication from the village to Mae Hong Son is often cut off during the rainy season, which causes the villagers to have difficulty in contacting the outside world. The school’s hostel will provide accommodation for students, who are currently forced to walk to school a distance of over 10 kilometers everyday.

Samsara Foundation commended for dedicated work for underprivileged children

We recently visited Sang Wan Wittaya School, which is situated 30 km before Mae Sariang where we were able to meet a student whom we are sponsoring for three years.

Barbara and Burt Tyrell with Udom a scholarship student.
The journey was made possible by the director of the Samsara Foundation Annelie Hendriks, entirely at our own costs, and not at the expense of the Samsara Foundation, which is totally a non profit making organization being run by a very small but efficient group of both Thai and Farang.
The trip was a very enlightening experience for us both, we were very inspired by the dedication of the school directors, as known in Thailand, but would be known as Headmasters in the U.K.  These directors and the teaching staff, using some of their meagre salaries on items of benefit to the school.
This is where Samsara offers practical and major items for the Hill Tribe Schools, We saw during our visit to these mountain schools Dormitories, Canteens, Kitchens, Water distribution, including purification for drinking water, rainwater collection tanks, Shower and toilet blocks, Mattresses, Lockers, and bedding, these are just a few of the items funded by the Samsara Foundation, to make for a happier and secure  future  life for these very poor Hill Tribe children.

New Medical centre at Tong Sawat School built by Samsara.
At one school we visited, student numbers have increased in two years from 125 students to now over three hundred, mainly as a result of the efforts of Samsara in building extra accommodation etc.
 Another school which we visited built by the Government, two years ago, takes care of the children from 12 villages in the surrounding mountain s believe it or not, and is urgently in need of bedding and, cupboards for the second dormitory.
We were astounded by the work which has been carried out by Samsara in the most inaccessible mountainous places, and sometimes elephants have to be used, especially so during the rainy season, to deliver necessary items of equipment.
During our visit to 7 schools and nearly all these were high in the mountains, we traveled over rutted mud roads in four wheel drive vehicles, these vehicles were the property of School Directors who were very appreciative of the work done by Samsara, and willingly offered help in any way they could. As also did the teaching staff.
What to us seems to be impossible situations, are made possible by the determination of the people directing operations of Samsara Foundation This foundation would of course be very appreciative of any donations, and especially sponsorship, with a commitment of three years, for these Hill Tribe Children to further their education.
For further information please contact the Director and Founder Annelie Hendriks on email [email protected] To sum up in spite of a few bumps and bruises, the overwhelming enthusiasm of these Hill Tribe Children wanting to learn, also the teachers who teach and perform other duties, and not forgetting the children’s parents who are expected to build the dormitories etc which makes them feel that they have also contributed to a part of the project.
This made the whole experience worthwhile.  We wish sincerely all concerned with Samsara Foundation continuing success, and also, with many Donations, however small they may be.
Burt & Barbara Tyrell
Friends of Samsara

Students of Huay Puung Mai School with the new kitchen equipment donated
by Samsara Foundation.

An exciting array of prizes for a great cause!

Every year, the CMIS Parent Teacher Group (PTG) sponsors one major fundraiser to finance something special that is outside the scope of the school’s annual budget. This year, the PTG has organized a raffle to raise money for improvements to the school library. The more money raised, the more the students and the school community will benefit through new books, furnishings, and improved technology.
Tickets for the raffle are 50 baht each. The winning tickets will be drawn on December 14, 2007 at an after-school party at CMIS, but winners will be contacted individually and do not need to be present at the party. There are more than 50 great prizes to be won, with a grand prize of a Sony 32” flat screen TV!
If you are interested in buying raffle tickets, please contact – for queries in English – Kristen Gray (kbcgray @yahoo.com); and – for queries in Thai — Sompron Somporn Poulsen (sompornpoulsen @yahoo.com).
The PTG wishes to thank the very generous 2007 CMIS fundraiser prize donors, including: Track of the Tiger, International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI), Acts Co., Partners Relief and Development, The Legend Chiang Rai, Chiang Dao Nest, Le Coq d’Or, Four Seasons Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi, Holiday Inn, The House Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Ginger & Kafe, Krua Silpacheep Restaurant at the Support Foundation of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, Pasta Café, The Duke’s, Daranee, Ginger Shops, Rimping Market, The Chedi, Powerhouse Gym, AKA Spa, Artist Spa, Baan Canaan, Lanna Come Spa, Oasis Spa and Tao Garden Wellness Retreat.

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