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Update February 29, 2016

Local business donates to Baan Dek Dee orphanage

Kids from the Ban Dek Dee Orphanage enjoyed an outing with Siam Mandalay staff.

Siam Mandalay, a business based in Chiang Mai, has donated a portion of their online retail sales to Baan Dek Dee, a local orphanage. The company’s promotion, ‘Puzzles for Promise’ ran for 3 months before Christmas 2015.

Children from the Ban Dek Dee Orphanage give their thanks for the school improvements.

The owner, Sean Allan, said, “We try to pick a good cause every year and this time Baan Dek Dee was chosen.” Siam Mandalay raised money to build a bathroom for the orphanage in Sansai. In addition to its initial donation, Siam Mandalay has contributed some essential electrical goods as well as food from their pre-Christmas promotion sales. Employees also brought the children on an outing to the Tiger Kingdom. Siam Mandalay has dedicated a page on their blog to highlight the needs of the orphanage.

Ban Dek Dee kids were thrilled to get up close and personal with elephants and feed them bananas.

Founder/Manager, Manop Jaocharoen and his wife, Dta, run the home for ethnic Hmong orphans and disadvantaged children from impoverished families with parents unable to care for them. The orphanage receives small donations from a limited pool of well-wishers to help with the housing, meals and education of the children. Manop plans to raise funds to build a more suitable home on a new plot of land for the 30 children under their care.

Puzzles for Promises raised funds to purchase shoes, clothes and supplies for kids at the Ban Dek Dee Orphanage over Christmas.

The orphanage is now operating at full capacity (3 - 4 children share one bunk bed) but it has many on their waiting list. In order to expand and receive government support and official recognition, the orphanage needs to build on 6400 m2 of land according to Thai regulations. It requires more employees and at least four new buildings: a house for boys, another for girls, a staff house and a volunteers’ house equipped with a dining room, kitchen, vocational educational building and recreational areas.

Manop’s long-term goal is to buy the unused land next door and build a new home for the children to live in and continue to go to the local primary school. The local army has offered to provide free labor for the construction if Manop can provide the building materials.
Baan Dek Dee is located at 169 M.3, T. Sansai Luang, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai, 50210 Thailand. Telephone: 087-0217127 (Manop), website:

Update February 19, 2016

Rural students receives bicycles from the Crown Prince

Both Primary and Secondary students in Chiang Mai received bicycles generously donated by HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn on February 17, 2016 with Governor Pawin Chamniprasart acting as the handover agent.

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Over three hundred rural students received bicycles generously donated by HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn on February 17, 2016 with Governor Pawin Chamniprasart acting as chairperson at the hand over.

Students from areas around Chiang Mai show off their new bicycles on February 17, 2016.

His Royal Highness donated the bicycles for rural and less fortunate students who need the bicycles to get to school, reduce family expense and for safety reasons. Additional benefits for the students will include a healthier lifestyle and reducing disparities in education.

Students from six Chiang Mai Primary Educational Service areas recieved 44 bicycles for each area and in the Chiang Mai Secondary Education Service Areas 42 bicycles for each of 34 areas, totaling 306 students in all received bicycles from HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.

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Local business donates to Baan Dek Dee orphanage

Rural students receives bicycles from the Crown Prince



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