Many of our elephants and their handlers originally come from the Northern Province of Mae Hong Son, and especially from a small rural town called Mae Sariang, not far from the Thai-Myanmar border. As we have a close connection to this area through our employees, we also try to help the rural schools situated in the nearby villages in this mountainous area.
As our latest Children’s Project activity, we loaded a couple of vehicles with gardening equipment, stationery, footballs and volleyballs, and headed towards the Mae Sariang Town in Mae Hong Son Province. Departing from Chiang Mai, the journey took about four hours, during which we saw some breath-taking mountain views, with the endless rice fields passing by.
In this series we will introduce three rural schools in this beautiful but remote area, and show how the generous donations received by Elephant Hills Children’s Project can benefit the less privileged Thai children. Get to know the previously introduced schools Baan Mae Tob Nuea and Baan Mae Tob Tai!
Introducing Baan Phae Phitthaya School
This rather big school is located about 10 minutes’ drive north from Mae Sariang town and provides kindergarten, primary and secondary education. There are altogether 147 students in this school, taken care of by 18 teachers. As many as 49 students stay overnight at the school as their home villages are in very remote areas up in the mountains. Some of the students are not able to return home even during the weekends, but will go back for longer school holidays between the terms.
Many students dressed in green, hand-woven traditional Karen shirts approached us excitedly as we arrived. The students were preparing for a temple visit to commemorate the Buddhist festival Asarna Bucha Day, hence the special outfits and flower arrangements. We were also greeted by the friendly teachers and head master, and had a good chance to get to know them and get an understanding of the situation at the school.
Children’s Project Donation
We donated a good set of various kinds of stationery equipment and as well as footballs and volley balls, all of which were gladly received and much needed. Elephant Hills also sponsored some meals for the students, as the school was struggling with the food supplies due to large number of students staying at the school long-term. Baan Phae Phitthaya School was doing great job with their gardening project, but was still lacking especially dried or canned food that doesn’t spoil easily. They also need warm clothes as in the winter the temperatures can be surprisingly low.
The funds for the stationery and sports equipment have been donated by our wonderful guests visiting us at Elephant Hills. We are currently looking for partners to help us to support this and other schools in need. If you or your company would be interested, please contact us at [email protected].
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