It is great to see the ongoing support towards our foundation to help the underprivileged to receive clean drinking water. We have been able to deliver and install 50 more bio sand filter units in the village Ban Mae Pa Kee. Thanks to the generous support of the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok (which was an add on from their last 200 filter project in 12.2014), Immuno Tools, the Gesinas Stiftung and a lot of friends and private donors. Water borne diseases are still common all over the world and are not only responsible for the dead of many children but also has a big influence for families concerning income, sick days at home, medicine and hospital costs, just to name a few. We know we can’t change the whole world but at least we can improve and change the lives of the people living around us. If you want to know more about our work and projects, don’t hesitate to contact us through our webpage www.raintree-foundation.org
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Last weekend was excursion day from the school close by to Wat Chan which is supported by our foundation. Also, almost all our foster children from this area attending this school too. They had great days exploring the forestry department and the flower plantations of the Royal Project. A visit at the hot springs to cook some eggs was great fun as well as the lake with big fishes and staying on am house boat. Having the possibilities and the joy of seeing other places, learn and find things out by themselves are a priceless experience for the children. This provides the kids hopefully with more insight and a better vision for their future life. For more information we are looking forward to answer all your questions.
We plan to open a new student home to provide further education to the young adults from our children homes as well as from surrounding villages. The committee members are all of our house fathers and headmaster we work together with. Construction will begin in March and we are more than happy to welcome the students by begin of the new school term in mid may. If you are interested in our projects or want to contribute to the student home please contact us on www.raintree-foundation.org
After a lot of nice Christmas Celebrations in the villages and a relaxed and quiet New Year we finished one more Bio Sand Filter project funded by the Embassy of Switzerland. It contained 200 water filters for people in need in the rural area of northern Thailand. We working closely together with the villages and through our field staff and our previous mapping we were able to sort out the most urgent needed villagers which are in need of this BioSand Filters. The filters are produced locally as well as the filter media and we arranged the delivery with a big truck to a distribution spot from where the single units were transported to the villages and single homes. After all the filters have been delivered, our field staff did the installations directly in the villagers homes and held in the evenings workshops to introduce the filter technology, daily usage, maintenance and basically the most important facts why such filters are essential for every human being. Most people are not aware that optically clean water is not equivalent to safe drinking water. There are several improvements by using filtered drinking water such as: no more medical costs for treatment and medicine, no downtimes for the working people as well as the children going to school, no need of boiling the water to kill bacteria and pests which means no time wasting to collect fire wood as well as afflicting the environment. There might be an even bigger impact after a few years but most important is to teach and educate all these people on how important safe drinking water is for their lives. A big thank you to the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok for their great support and also offering us the chance to help to get one step closer to create awareness and promote the importance of safe and clean drinking water. We are still looking forward to reach our goal of distributing more water filters in 2015 and we are still aiming to reach 2000 BioSand Filters in the North of Thailand. If you also want to know more about our work and what we are doing please visit our webpage or check us out on Facebook.
It’s official now. The Hot Coffee Bed & Breakfast received the “Clean Food Good Taste” certificate from the Ministry of Public Health, the Tourist Authority as well as the Ministry of Interior. The inspection is designed to achieve three main goals:
1. To reduce the risk of food borne diseases in restaurants, cafeterias and vendors;
2. To promote clean and good sanitary food service in tourist areas and also around the country;
3. To support and encourage local authorities in managing for safe food for consumers and tourists in their areas of jurisdiction.
Our staff is really proud to get rewarded for their efforts with the certificate. The Hot Coffee B&B is located in Mae Na Chorn and just above of the children’s home which supports more than 30 children and young students. All the income generated from the Hot Coffee is going directly into the children’s home to provide funds for food, cloths, school materials, sanitation and hygiene equipment to ensure the kids stay healthy, attend school and give them a good basement for the future lives. Thanks to all guests, visitors, volunteers and friends support our work. If you want to know more about the Hot Coffee or the Rain Tree Foundations work, please contact us.
Foster Children Visit
Just last week the team of the Rain Tree Foundation visited all of the foster children within their projects. Thanks a lot to all foster parents who make us able to provide education, food, clothing and health care to over 100 children in Northern Thailand. The goal of our foster program is to support the families and children to attend school, providing a better nutrition and clothing as well as access to health care and medicine instead of taking the children out of their existing environment and family to a hostel or dorm. Hopefully we are able to help many more children in need in 2015. If you want to know more about our foster program, please contact us here.
We are glad that we have the opportunity to offer volunteer placements within our foundation at schools and children homes. Christine and Dominik came in mid August to stay with us for 1 year to be with the children helping doing their homework, teach English, organize activities and for sure have fun and play games. But we also want them to see a bit more of Thailand during their stay and therefore we having excursions once a month visiting different spots and enjoy the weekend together. The last trip has been to one of our children homes we support and then we went further to the Doi Inthanon, which is the highest mountain in Thailand with a beautiful view over the surrounding valleys. We really appreciate that mostly young people are willing and are dedicated to offer their time and skills towards the people in need. If you want to know more about our volunteer program please don’t hesitate to contact us http://www.raintree-foundation.org/index.php?id=239