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Grandma Cares gets a visit from IFED’s Pat Sullivan

Pat Sullivan heads up IFED in America. She and her board were seeking new organizations in need of financial support. After exploring NGOs listed on the internet, she contacted Grandma Cares Partnership Program (GCPP) with the request to come to Thailand to visit rural schools to assess their needs.

What a whirlwind! The Director of GCPP, Hope Watcharaprecha met Pat midmorning and off they went to visit the schools and principals. Pat decided on a secondary school, Sanamaeng High School, because the school had many books in their library, but no shelves. A trip to a local furniture store solved that problem. Then Hope, Pat and the school librarian left in search of English educational books. The librarian, several teachers and the students organized a workable library with an English Corner as well as other educational corners. This celebration was made possible by Pat’s time and IFED’s donation of $400!

This past Thai school year saw GCPP volunteers present Literacy Programs and a successful first time Summer English Camp to three rural schools. Now, GCPP begins another new Thai school term at Baan Mae Yoi School, where volunteers are teaching Pre kindergarten/Kindergarten, Primary, and Secondary students. These children are learning the ABCs, numbers, colors, and basic words through songs, games, and story reading.

Bianca, who has visited Thailand several times from the island of Tasmania, Australia, decided she wanted to experience the ‘real’ Thailand. Using Google to seek out volunteer opportunities, she came across GCPP, and with her bags stuffed full of notebooks pencils, markers, and more, she arrived in CM. Wanting to share her love of knitting while teaching English, she stayed at Chalermprakiat Boarding School for Girls for a month. Laughter was a daily part of the girls learning with Bianca. Her going away party was bittersweet as she wished the girls the best and promised to return. Ck her blog at

Hand, foot and mouth disease prevention

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn reminds children of the importance of washing hands regularly.

The Chiang Mai Municipality continues it’s education program for children to help prevent hand, foot and mouth disease as other parts of the country see outbreaks of the disease. Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn visited the Child Development Center in Nong Hoi to talk to the children about the importance of being clean of washing your hands after every visit to the lavatory. He said that to date there have been no cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in Child Care Centers under the Municipality.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects babies and very young children,, generally under the age of 5. It is commonly confused with foot and mouth disease (also called hoof and mouth) which affects cows, sheep and pigs, but the two are entirely separate viruses. Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth and a skin rash. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus group that includes the coxsackieviruses, which is one of the biggest causes of the illness.

The disease is spread by direct contact with the infectious viruses which are found in the secretions of the nose and mouth, fluid in blisters and faeces from the infected person. The virus can be spread when the infected person touches surfaces or objects and then these are touched by others which is why hand washing is so vital to prevent the spread of the illness.

Chiang Mai Chamber signs MoU with CMU

Chiang Mai University and the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2012 to launch a program to work with second year students. The organization aims to improve the skills and education of college graduates and to help them develop the potential of students in the Upper North. The program will promote the benefits of cooperative education and offer the students opportunities with a structured program of in class education and practical work experience.

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Grandma Cares gets a visit from IFED’s Pat Sullivan

Hand, foot and mouth disease prevention

Chiang Mai Chamber signs MoU with CMU