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

2017-11-01-TS BLOG Reasons

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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 !

2017-09-05-TS BLOG More BSF

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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

2017-08-16-TS RTF - ME Magazine BKK

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Happy Suda !

While the children are visited and accompanied by our local care staff all year round, the Chiang Mai office staff also visit the children 2-3 times a year and attend visits to both the family and the schools.

In September 2013 Karin, the secretary of Thai Care, the staff of the Raintree Foundation and I went on exactly this kind of foster trip.
When we visited some children in Mae La Noi, we were asked to look at a family that is not doing well and where especially the little girl of the family is suffering from severe deficits.
So we visited little Suda at home and after an interview with her mother we immediately took her into our sponsorship program as an emergency child. The mother is a single parent and can hardly care for her family (3 children) so that many important vitamins were missing due to lack of fruits and vegetables.
The little Suda hit it hardest, because of the lack of nutrition all her hair had fallen out.
I thought it was admirable how cheerful and bright the little girl was despite her baldness. During the one-hour visit the girl smiled around the clock.
From now on, we provided the family with a lot of fruit and especially with medical preparations. But even after one year there was no improvement. It was not until April 2015 that Sudan’s hair began to grow very slowly. When the foster letters fluttered into my house in the summer of 2015 (in these foster letters the children draw pictures for their foster parents, write letters to them, and a current photo is always attached) one could already see a clear improvement. The hair came back, there were hairy sports all over her head.
When my mother helped me to put the foster letters into the individual envelopes during this year’s summer holidays, she said to me: “Anne, you must have made a mistake with Suda’s photo. I guess you mixed it up with another child’s photo.”
I checked it again, smiled and told her to look at the photo closely.
“I cannot believe it!” was my mum’s reaction. “Her hair is back!”

In the case of Suda, the valuable support of her foster mother took years to become “visible”. But by the additional provision of food, the life of her family had improved immediately.

In this example you can see the importance of support for our project children. Each child has individual needs and the foster fee is used individually for each child. One child needs urgent drugs, the other child needs clothes and school supplies and Suda needed a new hairstyle 😉She got one! Thanks to her godmother!

I would like to thank all the sponsors who make the lives of our children so much better by their continuous support!

Anne Rieken
Thai Care e.V. Germany

2017-08-10-TS BLOG Suda Hair

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Foster parent wanted!

We are looking for a foster parent for the 5-year-old Nathaporn. His mother probably died from a blood poisoning. The little boy never met his father and no one knows where he is.
Nathaporn now lives with his grandparents, who are both very old and not very healthy. They try to secure their income by collecting garbage. After collecting the garbage they go through it and hope that something useful can be sold.
In order to ensure the supply of the boy with regular meals and health care, the nursery child is dependent on the support of a sponsor.

If you would like to support the little boy, please contact us directly at paten@thaicare.de

2017-07-27-TS BLOG Nathaporn

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“Photographerswithoutborders” presents the work of the Raintree Foundation!

The Canadian non-profit organization works with volunteers from the field of photography and film, as they are invaluable in communicating news, sharing perspectives, promoting intercultural understanding, and inspiring others. This is why PWB (photographerswithoutborders) is increasingly committed to organizations that have a significant impact in areas such as health, education, conservation, human rights, sustainability and innovation.
We are, of course, very excited that PWB has also found the way to us and has created a really great report our biosand filters.
If you would like to read their report you’ll find it here (click on the picture to follow the link):

2017-07-13-TS BLOG Photographerwithoutborders

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