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“Baht for a Better Life”

“Baht for a Better Life”

Amari Rincome’s foundation for education of underprivileged children

Opening day at the Ubon Ratchathani school funded
by the “Baht for a Better Life” Foundation.

CMM Reporters
Earlier this month, the Amari Rincome Hotel’s general manager, Wim Fagel together with the hotel’s “employee of the year 2007” Soomboon Manopee, travelled to Ubon Ratchathani to open a new school for underprivileged children funded by the ‘Baht for a Better Life’ Foundation.
The “Baht for a Better Life” appeal was started by the Amari group of hotels and restaurants in 1995, with the aim of encouraging guests to donate their small change to the project. Boosted by donations from the group’s staff, and with no administrative costs, every baht, dollar, euro and pound given to the fund is used to further the education of children in Thailand. At present, two different initiatives are supported. The first, the Duang Pratheep Foundation, supports children from an underprivileged area of Bangkok, and their families. In this area, poverty prevents the majority of children from completing even basic education. Through the project, the Baht for a Better Life Foundation can support children who are especially hardworking and determined to continue their studies, despite the odds being against them. Funds from the Baht for a Better Life Foundation have also been used to rebuild a dilapidated school in Na Chompoo, Udon Thani and build ten new schools in Doi Angkhang near Chiang Mai, Chumpon in the south of Thailand, Benjama in Chiang Mai, Baan Changlang in Trang, Baan Na Nok Peed in Loei, Baan Klong Waai in Surat Thani, Chum Chon Paa Yaa Kaa in Ubon Ratchathani, Baan Pong Com in Suphanburi and Wat Sri Muang Am Toddler Care Centre in Khon Khen. As well as building the classrooms, donations have been used to buy essentials such as desks, chairs, blackboards, books and pencils.
In addition, over the years since the establishment of the foundation, many generous guests have been moved to give larger donations. US$ 250 pays for a child’s school fees and necessities such as books, uniform and lunch for one year. Many of the children have ambitions to become teachers or nurses, so that they can put the skills which they have been lucky enough to learn, back into the benefit of their community. To continue raising money, the Amari Rincome will host a Charity Concert on August 30, featuring ‘Khun Daeng Fantastic’ and ‘The Pink Panther’. For further details please contact 053 221 130



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