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5000 baht smiles from 10 lucky Thai students at Chiang Dao Welfare School


Long Live Her Majesty Queen Sirikit

Loving Mother of the Thai Nation


5000 baht smiles from 10 lucky Thai students at Chiang Dao Welfare School

Elena Edwards
Ten Thai students at the New Life Foundation’s Chiang Dao village were recently overjoyed to receive scholarships of 5,000 baht each from the foundation. The youngsters are all students at the Chiang Dao Welfare School in the village and are all from either single parent or ‘caretaker’ families. 9 girls and 1 boy are being supported through the entire education process by the foundation, with girls being the priority as it is believed that when you educate a girl, you can change an entire family, and through this an entire community. Here in Thailand, there are many more opportunities for boys than for girls; a good education for female students is, therefore, essential.

A 5000 baht smile for 10 students and their guardians at the Chiang Dao Welfare School, thanks to New Life Foundation

The scholarships, given for a period of 6 years, are not based as a reward for academic achievement , but are awarded as a means of support for the student’s family or caretakers, enabling the youngsters to continue with their education without being put under pressure to leave school and earn money. Most of the recipients are in their 5th year of scholarship support.
The Chiang Dao Welfare School is now educating the third generation of New Life Foundation villagers, and also provides education with weekday boarding for over 760 hill tribe children. The scholarship fund itself was set up in 2001, with the proceeds from the 1st Western classical music concert given with the support of Payap University and the Chiang Mai community. 5 concerts in the ‘Chiang Mai Classics’ series have followed, all at Kad Suan Kaew’s theatre.
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