Nam Som Kindergarten

Nam Som Kindergarten

What a great success! First we want to thank Zyagnum and Gesinas for their contribution and help towards the Raintree Foundation and Thai Care e.V..

At the Nam Som school in the Wat Chan area there was the need of a new kindergarten. The parents and teachers started building it by themselves with recycled framework and roof tiles and put in all their time to work for the community. But still there was a need for funding floor tiles, wood for the walls, color and equipment. Through the great help of Zyagnum and Gesinas the kindergarten was finished in short time with all villagers, parents, teachers and even children involved in the building process. What a great example of working with and for your own community, which is exactly what ThaiCare e.V. and the Raintree Foundation focuses on. Help people to help themselves!

For more information about what we are doing, click on the links highlighted.

Thank You J

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Thank you Helmut and Uli

Thank you Helmut and Uli and all donors involved to celebrate a belated Christmas and New Year with the children. Beside warm blankest, pyjamas, shoes, toys, hygiene articles, kitchen supplies and much, much more, plenty of vegetables, fruits and meat were ready for the evening BBQ.

Together preparing the food and sitting in the cold evening around the BBQ was an unforgettable moment while eating and laughing and having fun.

We want to thank you for your help, ongoing support and all people involved made this day so special. If you want to know more about our projects please have a look on www.thaicare.de for German or www.raintree-foundation.org for English 🙂

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Merry Christmas and a Good Year 2018

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Reasons enough why we do what we do… :-)

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Raintree Team staff retreat and child protection policy implementation

Once a year our whole team meet up to reflect the past months and spend time together to relax but also share our visions for the future of our projects.

This year we went to UHDP (www.uhdp.org) which focuses on community mobilization especially for minorities and several ethnic tribes. We are really glad we had the chance to be at the center to learn plenty of practical ways to improve our environment, community, but also our spiritual lives.

Beside sharing, chatting, and spending time together our foundation has implemented our official “child policy” which ensures the safety and best practices towards the children we take care of. The detailed policy will soon be on our new website for you to read.

Time is running so fast and we are already preparing for the cold season, Christmas and the coming 2018. Stay tuned and please don’t hesitate to contact us for more info and updates via info@raintree-foundation.org and share us on social media and please check our new webpage!

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30 more families supplied with Bio Sand filters for clean and safe drinking water !

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Raintree in the ME Magazine

In 1992, the social welfare Raintree Foundation (formerly known as Thai Care) was founded in North Thailand. Our first projects were building and funding day care centers in remote villages for underprivileged children. Today,  we still are very much grass root oriented and operate as a team, now being a fully registered NGO, empowering rural communities in northern Thailand by helping them to improve their lives.

Taking care of underprivileged children and educating children has become our main goal. Over the years, the foundation has grown and grown. Today, it provides education and support to over 320 children, counting five children homes, two schools, and two foster children projects. We support children which haven’t access to a schools at all, coming from faraway places without transportation to schools or simply lack of basic funding for school materials, food, clothes etc..

In recent years, the Raintree Foundation has identified water as the biggest need. In rural areas, drinking water is often contaminated with parasites, bacteria, and viruses. These invisible pathogens can lead to myriad water-borne maladies that frequently result in the death of infected young children. Compounding the lack of available fresh water and the inaccessibility of electricity and the high cost of installing gasoline-powered generators that can support common clean-water solutions. With the technical background of our talented team members with mechanical knowledge, the Raintree Foundation has found a unique solution in setting up hydraulic ram water pumps and bio sand filters, two modern inventions based on centuries-old technology. The Canadian NGO CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology), provided the know-how transfer to build the Bio Sand Filters and we have been able to install over 1,900 filters in northern Thailand to date. The water ram pumps serve over 30 villages and children homes, powered by water only, without needing gasoline or electricity.

While clean water solutions make up a major part of the Raintree Foundation’s mission, it’s not the sole purpose for being. Recognizing the importance of preserving each community’s culture, as well as the value of self-empowerment, the group has kick-started various development initiatives as well as eco-friendly and sustainable forms of agriculture through progressive and economic farming systems. One of the most profound projects is the reforestation of overused farmland. Working in tandem with local farmers, they have repopulated old soil depleted fields with fruit, herb, coffee, and macadamia trees, all of which provide new ways to generate food and sustainable income for local farmers.

‘To help people to helping themselves’ is our goal. “The foundation doesn’t own property. All the projects belong to the communities. We work closely in partnership with the villages. Only start a project that interests them. We don’t give away things for free, though. The villagers need to participate and contribute their part by providing labor (once construction is planned) or by supporting us with rice or vegetables if they don’t have any money. We aim to help disadvantaged people lift themselves out of poverty.”

Adding to the cause is the work of former volunteer Anne, who registered a partner club in Germany (www.thaicare.de) to make new international contacts and raise funds from abroad. While continuing to supply clean water, healthy food, and school supplies, the team has recently begun construction on a student home which will provide school graduates with an opportunity to attend vocational training, colleges and universities.

The Raintree Foundation is always looking for contributions, whether volunteers or donations. To learn more about its mission and how to contribute to the foundation, visit

http://www.raintree-foundation.org or contact us info@raintree-foundation.org

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