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
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
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
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:
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.
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.