Baan Than Namchai Foundation plans
Following on from the registration of the Baan Than Namchai Foundation in May, planningis proceeding for the Baan Than Namchai orphanage to operate fully independently of the Duang Prateep Foundation from the start of 2012.Early in June Dr. Supphawut Manochantr left his work at the Duang Prateep Foundation headquarters in Bangkok to become manager at Baan Than Namchai, where he is busy making plans for the new foundation. Later in the month there was a meeting of trustees for the newfoundation and a meeting with Mr. Peter Baines and Ms. Kay Spencer of Hands Across The Water from Australia. A few days earlier a Duang Prateep Foundation trustees meeting took place in
In the photo above from the left Dr. Supphawut Manochantr, Ms. Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Mr.Peter Baines, Ms. Kay Spencer, Ms. Rotjana Phraesrithong and Ms. Ladapan Phraesrithong discuss plans for the Baan Than Namchai Foundation.The photo below shows the meeting in Bangkok which approved the plan for Baan Than Namchai to leave the Duang Prateep Foundation. The Duang Prateep Foundation chairperson Dr. Sant Hathirat is in the centre facing the camera with Ms. Prateep Ungsongtham Hata to his right.
Busy life at orphanage
As plans are made for the future of Baan Than Namchai, for the over seventy children at the orphanage life goes on normally under the care of Ms. Rotjana Phraesrithong and her colleagues. One weekend the children and staff were busy returfing the football field at the orphanage (photo below left). Another weekend they were at the rubber tree plantation where they were clearing some land for planting bamboo (photo below right). Some extra money was earned through baking doughnuts which were sold in the local community.
Early in June twenty staff from the nearby Sarojin Hotel visited Baan Than Namchai to donate school uniform and lunches (photo right). A special event early in the month was a one-day training session for 35 local teachers from Takua Pha district. Foundation staff taught the teachers in the use of puppets in informal education.
Early in June children and staff welcomed Ms. Namthip Nilawongback to Baan Tharn Namchai after a year studying at high school in the USA. The 16-year-old enjoyed a vacation during July before returning to Wisconsin. In the photo Namthip is on the left with a friend at the orphanage.