The Anglo-Thai Society supports the work of charities that benefit people in Thailand. Please find below information about some of the charities we support and details on both recent and forthcoming charity related events.
On 12th October, ATS member Charlie Drury will be taking on the 3 Peak Challenge: 3 mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, climbed in 24 hours. Charlie is fundraising for her charity, For Life Thailand - which works with abandoned disabled children.
Charlie has been living and studying in Thailand over the last few years, and much of her time has been spent learning about and working to improve the lives of disabled people in the country. She has been working at For Life for a year now, a charity which works with disabled children who are abandoned and sent to institutions near Bangkok.
If you would like to sponsor Charlie and donate to this very worthy cause please visit her fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/CharlieDrury
Mercy Centre UK is a new charity set up to support the work of the Mercy Centre in Thailand. Mercy Centre UK is inspired by the dedicated and highly professional team of carers at the Mercy Centre in Bangkok who do invaluable work for abandoned and vulnerable children; who respond to every emergency within the slum communities; offer shelter, protection and loving care to street children and orphans and especially to children and adults dying from AIDS.
Mercy Centre UK wishes to be the 'helping hand' in the UK for this remarkable organisation, which supports the rights of the communities living in the poorest areas of Bangkok. We aim to raise funds for specifically chosen projects, which can run alongside the work of the Mercy Centre in Thailand. We would like to target initiatives that empower those who are working in the field, and that would support the physical and spiritual well-being of the children, thereby enabling them to achieve a meaningful place in life. We also wish to raise awareness in this country on the subject of human trafficking and the sex trade.
For more information: www.mercy-centre.org.uk
The Gift of Happiness Foundation
In the year 2000, Edward Haworth (aka Clown Eckie, a British professional clown based in Bangkok) was asked to perform for some children suffering from AIDS at one of the cities large orphanages. The experience made such an impression on him that he decided to devote much more of his time to bringing a little laughter to those children whose lives may sometimes lack these important pleasures. So, he gathered a small group of friends and together they managed to raise enough money to establish the Gift of Happiness Foundation which finally achieved full charitable status on the 15th December 2009.
The Gift of happiness Foundation has been helping poor families in Bangkok, Mae Sot, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Sankhalaburi, Kanchanaburi and other Thai provinces since the year 2000. They also give their services to poor Thai families, refugees, displaced and migrant Burmese, people on the Thai-Burma border. They help people who have nowhere else to live but in Slums, Orphanages, Crisis Centres for abused women and children, HIV/AIDS centres, homes and schools for physically & mentally challenged children.
They also serve the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, other medical centres, communities of migrant workers and their families as well as people displaced by civil war. All the people working for the Gift of Happiness Foundation are un-paid volunteers and often cover their own costs when helping with show tours or donation.
Clown Eckie continues to perform at slum schools, orphanages, hospitals and other places where children ordinarily would never get a chance to see his inane antics - or enjoy an afternoon of laughter and fun.
Edward Haworth (aka Clown Eckie) founder of the Gift of Happiness Foundation
Director and 'mother', Khun Rotjana Phraesritong, with the children of the Ban Tharn Namchai Orphanage
Charity Dinner in aid of Ban Tharn Namchai Orphanage
(Tsunami Orphanage Centre, Kao Lak, Phang-nga)
Primarily under the management of Duang Prateep Foundation, The Thai Children's Trust has taken over the funding of education and welfare for over 40 tsunami orphans. The dinner, which took place on Thursday, 20th May, 2010 at Thai Square Restaurant in Covent Garden, was organised by the Thai Children's Trust (formerly Pattaya Orphanage Trust) with the support of the Anglo-Thai Society. The Director of the Centre, Khun Rotjana Phraesritong and a small group of children from the centre visited the UK to meet & thank their sponsors & friends, and the children performed a traditional Thai dance at the dinner.
Penelope Worsley talks to ATS members about the Karen Hilltribes
A presentation by Penelope Worsley, Director of the Karen Hilltribes Trust
Thursday, 25 February 2010
On 25th February, the ATS was delighted to welcome Penelope Worsley, Founder and Director of The Karen Hilltribes Trust, a small UK charity which works in conjunction with The Foundation for Hilltribes in Thailand.
This was the first in a series of joint events between the Anglo-Thai Society and Samaggi Samagom (the Thai Students Association in the UK.) In her presentation, Penelope shared some fascinating insights into the Karen people and outlined the economic and social infrastructure of what is one of the largest ethnic minorities in the Kingdom of Thailand. She also explained how the work of the Karen Hilltribes Trust aims to help the Karen people by assisting with education and providing clean drinking water, while at the same time working with them to help them take more control of their own lives.
After the presentation, a thought-provoking discussion took place on the kinds of projects that might lead the Karen people to self-help and sustainability while still retaining their identity and culture. More information and how you can support this very worthy charity can be found at her website.
Calendar of Events
February 17th to March 2nd
ATS organised trip to Thailand
Friday, March 14th
Monday, March 31st
Details of events taking place in and around London (including at the Buddhapadipa Temple, Wimbledon) to be announced soon.