Dutch Ambassador visits Chiang Mai
Ambassador Karel Hartogh addressed the local
Dutch community at a meet and greet at Promenada Resort Mall on February 18,
Tjeert Kwant (far right) chats with members of
the local Dutch community at the event at Promenada to meet the Ambassador.
Dutch businesspeople including Marike van
Breugel chatted about obstacles facing businesses in Thailand.
Ambassador talks with members of the local community about services at the
Dutch Embassy and issues people living here face.
By Shana Kongmun
The Ambassador to Thailand from the Kingdom of the Netherlands Karel Hartogh
visited Northern Thailand last week, visiting Dutch businesses and
charitable organizations like Philanthropy Connections.
Promenada Resort Mall hosted a meet and greet with the Ambassador attended
by many members of the Dutch community including business people and
retirees. Tjeert Kwant, CEO of ECC International welcomed the Ambassador to
Promenada and greeted guests to the party. Then Ambassador Hartogh welcomed
the group and talked about the work that the Dutch Embassy is doing in
Thailand and the 400 year history of relations between the two countries. He
did mention some measures had been implemented to cut costs as well as his
role as representative for the country in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia in
addition to Thailand.
Skål Chiang Mai visits Mae Mha Orphanage
Students at Mae Mha School are joined by Skål
Chiang Mai visitors at the delivery of appliances, food and school supplies
funded by the Skål Christmas dinner and CityLife.
By Shana Kongmun
The trip to Mae Mha School in Chiang Dao saw the school receive
several new appliances along with food and other supplies purchased with
funds raised at the Skål Chiang Mai Christmas Fundraiser Dinner in December
and from funds raised by CityLife at the Garden Fair at JJ Market. The money
raised totaled 440,000 baht, with 120,000 coming from CityLife. Of that
amount 201,107 baht was spent on goods this trip and the other half will be
used in a second trip later on this year.
Skål Chiang Mai members and friends with the
truck loaded up and ready to go first thing Saturday, February 13, 2016.
In addition to a new refrigerator, school tables and musical instruments,
food and other supplies the kids were also treated to some fun and games
like extra-long skipping ropes so that kids can jump in groups, volleyballs,
hula hoops and some great wooden games and toys.
The kids were excited to see the Skål visitors and the Principal welcomed
the group to the school. A quick tour of the school saw many great
improvements in living conditions for the kids in addition to some wonderful
art on the walls created by well-known Chiang Mai street artists. New
restrooms and dormitories have made life much more comfortable for the kids
at the school.
Skal Chiang Mai has been supporting efforts at Mae Mha to offer the kids
vocational skills after they finish and to that end provided industrial
sewing machines and barber supplies last year. The tourism and hospitality
organization believes that supporting the local community is an important
role and maintains close ties with the community.
Naka Foundation gets new start with the help of Dutch company Plymovent
Executive Vice President Jan Pieter Brinkman of
Plymovent presents the ceremonial check for 1605 euro raised from the
company’s grand opening the Naka Foundation representative Thidarat Jitsook.
By Shana Kongmun
Dutch based Plymovent held a thank you party at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai on
Friday, February 19, 2016 after the grand opening of their factory in
Lamphun attended by the Dutch Ambassador, Karel Hartogh.
With offices in the Netherlands, the United States and other countries the
company saw Northern Thailand as an important place to open a factory and
ready for the ASEAN community. CEO Friso Horstmeier was on hand for the
grand opening along with Jan Pieter Brinkman, Executive Vice President of
the company that manufactures equipment to clean out fumes and other
dangerous gases in buildings. Unfortunately, he laughed, they don’t make a
machine big enough to clean all of Chiang Mai.
The Plymovent team are joined by Thidarat
Jitsook and Carmen Rademaker before the party at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai.
The company donated 1605 euro to the new Thai Foundation called Naka
Foundation, established to take the place of Dutch based Asian Elephant
Foundation. The company called in visitors for the grand opening of their
new building in the Netherlands to donate to the Foundation instead of
bringing flowers and other gifts, the money raised from that kind gesture
was presented to Thidarat Jitsook, representing the Naka Foundation, at the
dinner on Friday night.
The Naka Foundation has been set up to take over Thailand operations from
the Asian Elephant Foundation. Due to restrictive donation policies, founder
Carmen Rademaker felt it better to create a new foundation here in Chiang
Mai, where the work is based, rather than use one in the Netherlands. New
sponsors for the organization include Elephant Parade, which supported the
old Asian Elephant Foundation, and also local partners Monsoon Tea and House
& Ginger Kafe.
The Naka Foundation will take over helping to support the Elephant Hospital
in Lampang along with wild elephant projects in Thailand and India as well
as working with a new group of experts who set up the ASEAN Captive Elephant
Working Group to tackle the issues faced by domesticated working elephants
in South East Asia. The group plans on working to raise awareness on the
real issues find ways to solve them that benefits both elephants and people
since it is not possible to send these captive bred elephants back to the
Jan Pieter Brinkman said, “We at Plymovent want to work with the local
community, focus and work together and our goal is to work with Naka and the
important work they do in protecting Thailand’s national animal.”