Thailandfreunde Board members, from left to
right row behind:
Janet Henry , Jui Langenhorst , Mister Pramuan (Director Northern School
for the Blind), Anniruth Hanschumseth, Rudolf Langehorst , Vanita Sethi,
Heiko Schmidt. Front row: Wuttipong Arayatumsopon, Dirk
Weeber-Arayatumsopon, John Valentine, Frank Sethi.
Members of Thailandfreunde celebrated Christmas Eve with a surprise
visit to children at the School for the Blind near Suan Dok gate. The
approximately 230 students that live and study there enjoyed presents,
Christmas treats and singing Christmas carols with the members of
Thailandfreunde. Students used the paper bags used to carry the treats
to create musical instruments, and the whole group sang and played
The soccer team for the School for the Blind recently won a silver medal
at the Blind World Championship Soccer in Tokyo, Japan, an event
especially poignant for Thailandfreunde members as the organization had
helped raise funds for the construction of the sporting complex.
Additionally, funds were raised for new kitchen equipment, dining room
supplies and play equipment for the kindergarteners.
children at the School for the Blind receive their treats from
Anniruth Hanschumseth, Section leader of the Chiang Mai chapter,
presented the school with a check for 10,000 baht to go towards the
construction of the new Princess Sirindhorn building at the school.
Section Chair Wuttipong Arayatumsopon told the gathering at lunch that
he had dreamed of an angel telling him that Thailandfreunde would be
able to raise the million baht needed in the next 6 months to finish
construction of the Princess Sirindhon Building, this would provide
housing and schooling for an additional 300 students at the school.
Thailandfreunde International president Dr.Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon
told the crowd that if it came true, they would throw a huge party to
show the community that to be disabled is not a burden but an