Lisa Nesser of Free Bird Café is joined by local
artist and childen’s charity supporter LiLi Tan at the NAMO fundraising
event held on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
By Shana Kongmun
As Thai Freedom House and Free Bird Café prepare to move from their
Santitham location to a more auspicious one back inside the moat they have
held a series of fundraisers and events to raise the money necessary to make
another big move.
NAMO hosted an all-day event featuring yoga lessons, qi gong and meditation
classes while Free Bird Café hosted the lunch. The fundraising day raised
around 14,000 Baht while an online fundraiser raised a further 103,000 Baht,
all of which will go towards funding the move, and furnishing the new
Thai Freedom House provides more services and education than many
well-funded projects and they do it all with barely any operating costs. For
seven years now, seven nights a week they provide free classes in three
languages, arts and music education and provide a healthy snack for 30+
students in addition to outreach programs, vocational workshops, field trips
and more. They have a community center open every day for children and
adults to come and learn how to use computers, read books in several
languages, practice their language skills or just relax in a clean, safe
environment. They provide a community, a safe place and a chance to make
your life better for people who have been disregarded by society.
They have proven in the past, for 7 years with the learning center; Thai
Freedom House and 3 years with a charity cafe; Free Bird Cafe, that they
have a successful model for recruiting and training volunteers, meeting the
needs of students and the larger community. More about Thai Freedom House
can be found here: http://www.thaifreedom house.org/.
Lunch by Free Bird Café was provided for the
hungry yoga classes.