Schools of Hope receives mosquito nets, computer education
Schools of Hope kids received a mountain of
donated mosquito blankets from people Thailand, Singapore and other
By LiLi Tan
Schools of Hope provides housing and education for migrant
orphans and poor children. It is a non-profit organization established
in 2008 by the abbot of Wat Arunotai Temple and is run by the young and
inspirational School Director, Noom Hkurh who has the task of housing,
educating and caring for the children.
The project aims to set up schools along the Thai-Burmese border to
provide education for orphans and impoverished children, and enable them
to have a better, brighter and safer future. There is now a boarding
school in Nong Ook, Ban Arunotai in Chiang Dao supporting 60 orphans and
other children from poor migrant families.
Peter Kong of Magical Light Foundation
teaches the kids computer graphics animation in a 5 day workshop held at
Magical Light Foundation.
Some of the children enjoy animated films and are now attending a free
5-day computer animation workshop run by Magical Light Foundation
located behind Wat Suandok. The children will soon be working with an
art volunteer to design and paint outdoor wall murals to brighten up
their school and home environment.
Contact Noom Hkurh at [email protected] mobile +66 85 716 5070 Tel:
+66 53 045 624 if you wish to contribute art materials (like exterior
wall paint, acrylic paint and brushes), financial support, clothes,
basic food necessities or toys, volunteer to teach English, art and
other classes or just to co-ordinate fun activities for the children.
CMIS promotes service
Sarah-Kate and Hope were on hand to talk to
students about the Grandma Cares program.
By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) held a community service
fair for the students in grades 9 – 12 on October 17, 2013. As the
organizer of CMIS’ very first community service fair, Cathy Gravitis
said that the fair was providing many different NGOs and community
service groups the opportunity to attract student volunteers but also
provided the students with an important part of their education; that of
She said that students were required to do a minimum of 60 hours of
community service in order to graduate but noted that most students end
up becoming very involved in their organizations and end up doing much
more than that. Students filled the school auditorium to check out the
many different organizations that were on hand, including Hand to Paw
which is hoping to encourage students to start their own program caring
for temple dogs, as Hand to Paw coordinator Joy Huss pointed out, “They
have one right next door! It would be great for the dogs and for the
kids to build relationships with their neighbors.”
Students checked out the Hand to Paw table
and talked to coordinator Joy Huss about starting something similar at
Other organizations on hand to meet with the students included Grandma
Cares that works with children being raised by their grandparents, Hope
House, Hippotherapy for Handicapped Kids, Early Childhood Care and
Education, Piglets for Progress (buying piglets for families living on
the Mae Sot dump), Urban Light, Itsara Dance, Free Burma Rangers, Echo
Asia, and Language Institute for Empowerment.
Students gravitated towards groups depending on their interest, the
visiting dog from Care for Dogs was happy to receive many pets and quite
a bit of interest from kids as well as may of the parents who came to
the fair as well.
CMIS plans on holding the fair annually as they encourage students to
develop a sense of community service and responsibility.
Urban Light was on hand to chat with
students about their work.
Students receive Zonta funds
Students who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS
receive funds from Zonta Chiang Mai club members on October 26, 2013 at Red
Cross Station 3. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)
By Margaret Bhadungzong
Zonta Chiang Mai has been providing education funds since its
charter in 1997. This ZAO program was restructured in 2010.Children studying
in primary school receive 3,600 baht per year while students in junior high,
vocational and senior high receive 5,000 baht per school year. Children
whose parents died because of HIV/Aids are eligible to benefit from this
fund. The children are interviewed by the ZAO Committee to meet all criteria
of the funding. At this time, the children are from Hang Dong and Mae Wang
Zonta Chiang Mai club distributed scholarship funds to 11 orphans ranging
from 11 to 17 years old who are continuing their education. All the children
live with elder grandparents because the children’s parents succumbed to
HIV/Aids. Zontian Tiraka Intaraprasart is the ZAO project coordinator. At
this activity were Charter President Somboon Suprasert. Past President
Margaret Bhadungzong, Past President Jiamjit Boonsom, current President Raya
Luelai and Zontian Thada Chaiapirada. The next ZAO fundraising will take
place at the City Life Garden Fair on Nov 9th with the sale of postcards
drawn by these 11 young students. One set is Baht 200.