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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 countries.

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. http://www.

CMIS promotes service among students

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 community service.
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 CMIS.

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 districts.
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.

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Schools of Hope receives mosquito nets, computer education

CMIS promotes service among students

Students receive Zonta funds