We are currently looking for volunteers to assist us in our Foundation’s work in Thailand. We have a need for some volunteer English teachers for some remote schools in the Chiang Mai Province.
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School Dormitory Replacement
Northwest Chiang Mai School Dormitory Replacement Project – beginning September 2017.
The immediate need is replacement of the old school dormitory located on school property, which is dilapidated and in need of rebuild as repairs will need be sufficient and provide enough accommodation for boarding students from areas around the district. There are approximately 600 students in the school with 31 teachers. The school was built 54 years ago and the dormitory around 20 years ago. This school is the only one in the region which caters for students up to Grade 12. There are 3 other locals schools that are only until lower levels.
The School Dormitory
Many schools in rural Thailand have a school dormitory for various reasons, including boarding and housing for students to attend school at higher grades than their village schools. Many village schools will have limited resources and may only go to 4th or 6th grades. So parents these days see the need their children to have a much level of education and that can not be found locally. Another reason is some children can not continue to live with their parents due to financial constraints and limited family and community support structures, so they are sent to board at the school where they can be looked after and get better opportunities in their education. The last reason is the children may have lost their parents and the extended family may not be able to assist and the school dormitory is a much better option than others.
School dormitories are actually supervised by school teachers who may also live outside of the local area and who live on campus during the school week or term.
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Current School Dormitory Circumstances
The 20 year old wooden building houses 40 students and during the rainy season leaks and makes it difficult for the kids and causes more health problems. The wood paneling has deteriorated and water gets in easily. Many students currently boarding are from over 100 kilometres away, and many have no living immediate family and are living with relatives. The school has good moral teaching and is wanting to create leaders with character to build up Thailand. The socio-economic standards in the surrounding districts are very low, with most families farming small land holdings and other basic agricultural activities.
Expected budget approximately 500,000 baht. You can make donations to this project directly here or at our Donations page
Omkoi School Roof Project
Hope Connections Foundation is about taking education seriously, one of the ways we can do this by providing support and infrastructure for local schools that may not have access to resources and funds to complete these projects. Our Omkoi School Roof Project will help the school to pay for roof repairs that have been carried out by a local supplier. The supplier has graciously completed the work and has allowed the school credit until they can repay the debt. Currently, we have several schools and communities, that we are completing projects with in 2017.
The foundation team visited a school approximately 120 km away from Chiang Mai, on the way to MaeSarieng. The school has 250 students, from kindergarten through grade 9, with a boarding house for students and teachers from up to 50 kms away to stay onsite during the week. They have 20 teachers and some other ancillary staff.
The school has several well maintained buildings bordering a fairly dry and sparsely grassed football field. Recently, storms passed through the area and caused significant damage to one of the two story building’s roofs. The school has worked with a local supplier to repair the damaged areas, but this extraordinary expense will need to be repaid. Our project proposal is to work with the school to raise funds to clear the debts to the local supplier, who completed repairs, so the school could function as normal. Thankfully, the supplier could help in this way.
Hope Connections Foundation project will involve fundraising to repay the school’s debt to the local supplier. Sometimes deals like this occur and the local supplier gives a discount for the school. This project proposal costing is approximately USD$1000 or 112,000 KRW.
Omkoi School Water Project
Hope Connections Foundation is about taking education seriously, one of the ways we can do this by providing support and infrastructure for local schools that may not have access to resources and funds to complete these projects. Our Omkoi School Water Project will provide year round access to clean drinking water. Currently, we have several schools and communities, that we are completing projects with in 2017.
The foundation team visited a school approximately 120 km away from Chiang Mai, on the way to MaeSarieng. The school has 250 students, from kindergarten through grade 9, with a boarding house for students and teachers from up to 50 kms away to stay onsite during the week. They have 20 teachers and some other ancillary staff. The school has 250 students and about 30 teachers, and the school has a lack of water because it is located at the top of the mountain.
Current cement tanks have recently been refurbished, but are not for human consumption, these tanks provide water for other services around the school including toilets and hand washing.
The school tried various ways such as digging wells to solve the drinking water problem, but eventually wanted to store the water during the rainy season for the whole year. Regularly, the reserve water tank was empty and the students had to come to school with their own water bottle to solve the drinking water, which was leading to basic health problems with the students.
One of the projects that we will be focusing on, will be continuing to enhance the drinking water supply for students. The school has quite good solution for collecting rainwater during the rainy season. Unfortunately, the storage tank capacity they have is not enough to provide water for students the whole year round. Water collected through the rainy season usually runs out around February, so the school can not provide any drinking water for up to three months.
It was in a difficult environment to use. To this end, the group decided to purchased extra water tanks and systems to solve this problem.
Hope Connections Foundation project will involve providing additional water storage tanks and a filtration system to make sure the water collected is suitable for human consumption. This project proposal costing is approximately USD$2000 or 225,000 KRW.
The filtration system will be installed in August and commissioned in August when a team from Korea will be visiting Thailand.