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School excursion in Wat Chan district

2015-02-12 14:03 by Thomas

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.

Founders meeting for a new student home in Mae Hong Son district

2015-02-03 10:28 by Thomas

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

Welcome 2015 with clean and safe drinking water

2015-01-22 17:07 by Thomas

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.

Clean Food – Good Taste

2015-01-19 14:54 by Thomas

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

2014-11-17 12:39 by Thomas

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.

Volunteering Weekend

2014-11-06 15:23 by Thomas

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

Soccer shoes for children

2014-10-03 14:56 by Thomas

Thanks to that wonderful donation of almost brand new soccer shoes in various sizes for the teenagers in the children home. We received 12 pairs of almost unused and brand new soccer shoes and forwarded them to the young boys in one of our children homes. Like most of the boy in that age the kids really like to play soccer but mostly with normal shoes or even with bare feet. Their eyes went huge when they saw the shoes and it was a matter of minutes until they figured out which size fits to each and off they went to the nearby soccer field. Thanks to all those, who are always dedicated to support and help those with fewer privileges.

60 more families with clean drinking water

2014-08-13 15:39 by Thomas

A couple of days ago we finished the installation of another 60 units of BioSand Filters which deliver clean and safe drinking water to each family. As water borne diseases are still a big issue in several parts of the world we focus on educating people and communities as well as to supply drinking water filters. But we wouldn’t be able to supply all that without the help and dedication of so many people, friends, companies, clubs and organization which generously help us through their donations. If you want to know more about our organization or on how you can help please follow the link below on our webpage. http://www.raintree-foundation.org/index.php?id=224

A hard time in the rainy season

2014-07-31 09:46 by Thomas

During this time of the year most of the roads in the mountains are in a pretty bad condition and are almost impassable. But out team is taking any efforts to make sure that all children are cared for and everything necessary is supply to the projects. Their encouragement is highly appreciated and without such a team our work would be useless.

Tough Canadian Team did a great job

2014-07-17 14:11 by Thomas

A big, big thank you to Taylor, Leah, Eric, Jonathan, Lindsey, Amy and Jamie for your help in the Mae Hae children’s home. We know the conditions were quite hard since a lot of rain and muddy pathways made it difficult to even walk upright. Spending hours on the field to digging holes to plant coffee tree’s and carry stones for the farm’s nursery foundation. Thanks as well to your home community who supported us to build this nursery. The children will miss you all especially playing and sliding in the mud down the hill.