Zonta Chiang Mai President Suvimol Limlenglert
and members of Zonta Chiang Mai delivered goods to the Blessing Hill
Children’s Home in Omkoi recently.
By Zonta Past President Margaret Bhadungzong
“When these Karen children have a chance of a good education they will
become reliable citizens of tomorrow. ... They will also have the ability to
lead their peer group into the right direction for the benefit of our
country,” expressed President Suvimol Limlenglert. This belief in the value
of education is the feeling among the members of Zonta Chiang Mai (ZCM)
established in 1997.
Children at the home eagerly helped to unload
the items from the van during the visit from Zonta Chiang Mai.
The ZCM committee comprised President Suvimol, Charter President Somboon
Suprasert and Past President Margaret Bhadungzong on a cloudy Sunday, took a
three hour drive southwest of Chiang Mai city through the rugged mountains
and passing the sleepy Mae Chaem river for a very pleasant get away from the
city. Our journey took us to Omkoi sitting at an altitude of 1,000 meters.
Zonta Chiang Mai President Suvimol Limlenglert
(4th right) is joined by Blessing Hill Children’s Home administrators and
Zonta Chiang Mai members at the home on May 22, 2016.
When arriving at Omkoi village center, we met to have lunch together and
also to discuss more about our mission. Dr. “Chris” Kitti
Charoenpornpanichkul, PhD introduced us to Miss Pilairuk Intipunya, PhD from
Chiang Mai University who also supports the Karen students.
Relating his previous experience observing the “Blessing Hill Children’s
Home”, ZCM member Dr. Chris invited us to join and President Suvimol gladly
cooperated on behalf of the ZCM donate useful personal care items and
mattresses to the Karen children in the Home. The supply items were bath
soap, toothpaste, toiletry necessities, sanitary napkins, cartons of milk
and stationery items for school work.
Staff at the Blessing Hill Children’s Home
welcome Zonta Chiang Mai members on their visit to the home on Sunday, May
The students enthusiastically carried all the items to the Home’s supply
room, then, we met in the Assembly Hall for greetings, blessings and thanks.
ZCM Charter President Somboon Suprasert gave an inspirational talk to the
young students reminding them as citizens of the pine tree forests, they
“are responsible for keeping the natural environment. No matter how small or
insignificant their actions may seem, they matter. The variety of plants,
animals, and other living things in our world can be positively influenced
by our personal values of truth, righteousness, peace, love and
The Blessing Hill Children’s Home Omkoi was established in 2013 by the
“Karen’s for Christ Foundation” to care for Karen children who are mostly
orphans and all the children are in need of formal education.
For generations, the Karen people lived independently as agriculturists in
the jungles and mountainous regions. They struggle in a modern world caring
for their families. About 85% of the district’s population are Karen tribal
people. Due to steep hilly terrain, agricultural fields with dependable
irrigation are scarce plus following primitive farming practices, they face
In 2016, the home presently has 130 students though in 2014 student numbered
80. Noticeably 70% of students are female. Helping these young students to
develop pride in themselves as citizens of the world is just as important as
learning to read and write.
The students from 4th grade and older have bunk beds while the younger
students sleep two together in a bed for feeling of closeness with their
It is a problem to find enough mosquito netting but with the help of the
Malaria Center at the Public Health Office, the Home could get the required
Blessing Hill Children’s Home is located at Karen’s for Christ Foundation,
997 Moo 18 Omkoi-Yang Pao Road., Omkoi Chiang Mai 50310. Mobile
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart (in
yellow), Region 5 Police Deputy Commander, Pol. Maj. Gen. Pracha
Rattanaphan, and President of the Provincial Administrative Organization
Boonlert Buranupakorn join WETV executives Sarisa Sutabuth and Bawornrat
Sutabuth at the launch of their new offices.
Sarisa Sutabuth and Bawornrat Sutabuth of WETV
are joined by Thai celebrities from GMM 25 for the open house party at their
Chiang Mai’s cable network WETV hosted a party on May 18, 2016 to launch
their new offices and celebrate their status as Number One in communication
in Chiang Mai.
The new office for World Entertainment Television Co. Ltd or WETV welcomed
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chaminprasart, Deputy Commander of Region 5 Police
Pol. Maj. Gen. Pracha Rattanaphan, and President of the Provincial
Administrative Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn along with other honored
guests and media to the event. Sarisa Sutabuth and Bawornrat Sutabuth
welcomed the guests including artists and stars from GMM 25 channel Toy
Pathompong, Ve Ve, Saranrat, Ratsameekae and Mike Sitthidej who were on hand
to entertain the partygoers.
Sarisa Sutabuth, MD of World Entertainment Television Co., Ltd. said that
this year WE TV has changed their service to respond to changes in
technology and lifestyle by adding high speed internet and CCTV. The company
has launched a new promotion offering 180 channels with high speed internet
and four CCTVs for 999 baht a month.
The campaign has seen a very positive feedback from the customers, Sarisa
said, with the first quarter operations results meeting targets and the rest
of the year is expected to outperform expectations.
WETV has also started a project in cooperation with Provincial Police Region
5 with the new “Police Eyes” project which encourages local businesses and
private residents to purchase low cost CCTV cameras and install them in
public places to help the police combat crime and increase safety for local