Friends of Thailand PROJECT RESTORE
- Subj: Friends of Thailand PROJECT RESTORE
Date: 1/13/2005 9:29:20 AM Central Standard Time
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Dear NPCA Affiliates,
Thanks to the tireless work of Friends of Thailand member, Chris
White, who lives and teaches in Phuket, FOT has launched PROJECT
RESTORE. Working with the Thai education officials, Chris has
identified and visited two rural elementary schools in Phang Nga
Province north of Phuket that are in need of assistance as one school
begins the task of rebuilding its facility and the other works to
restore the lives of 148 children orphaned by the tsunami.
The elementary school in Ban Bang Sak was completely destroyed when
the tsunami struck. Though the Thai government will replace many of
the buildings of Ban Bang Sak School, the cost of resupplying the
school will demand that much more be spent. Additionally, the school
lunch program, which is funded by the school, will require extensive
148 students at Ban Bang Muang Elementary School were orphaned by the
tsunami. Many are now living with friends and other family members, as
well as in the tent city that has been erected in the town. These
students will need $250 a year each to attend school. That amount will
cover the cost of tuition, uniforms, books, supplies and food. We are
hoping to provide scholarships for as many of these children as possible.
Based upon the information Chris has provided, we will also try to
raise $16,850 to help restore the language lab, the science lab, the
infirmary and the lunch program at Ban Bang Sak Elementary School.
John Williams, PC Country Director in Thailand, supports this project.
In a recent email to Friends of Thailand, he wrote, "I was excited to
hear about the FOT plans for the school. We visited the site where the
school once stood, and it is totally destroyed. You couldn't have
picked a better place to put your money."
If you would like to donate money to PROJECT RESTORE and view several
photos of Ban Bang Sak School, access the Friends of Thailand web site
at www.friendsofthailand.org . Then, click on the PROJECT RESTORE
button to access Information about the project along with the Donation
Form and the Photos.
100% of what Friends of Thailand receives will go to the school and
specific purpose donors indicate. Absolutely NO money will be retained
by Friends of Thailand or by any agency in Thailand. This money will
be held distinct from other Friends of Thailand activities, such as
its PCV Project Sponsorship program. Additionally, because Friends of
Thailand now has 501(c)(3) status, any contribution of $250 or more
will be acknowledged with a letter for tax-filing purposes.
Thank you and peace,
Group Leader, Friends of Thailand