Volunteer opportunities from Bangkok Post
Trip Start Jan 08, 2004
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If you are looking for causes to support, here are summaries of the charities reported on by 'Outlook' throughout 2007 to provide you with some ideas. Pick one and help make a difference to someone's life.
Child patients: A large number of children suffer chronic illnesses are required to stay in hospital for extended periods. Consequently, their education is disrupted and they suffer from a lack of play. Volunteers are needed to join the Happy Hospital Project, to help lift the spirits of these children through art and other recreational activities. To help, contact Chirapa Mimala, the Mirror Foundation's Happy Hospital Project, 41 Lert Panya Building, 9th Floor, Room 907, Soi Lert Panya (Si Ayutthaya Road 12), Si Ayutthaya Road, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi district, Bangkok, 10400. Call 08-1386-3597 or 02-642-7991/2 ext 16, fax 02-642-7991/2 ext 18, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.happyhospital.org/. The programme welcomes donations of cash, toys, stationery, books and other necessities.
Music for orphans: Piano teacher Pitima Roonrakwit devotes her time, money and energy to teach music at the Thanyaporn Reception Home for Girls in Pathum Thani, and other orphanages, as well as organising music camps for them. The homes are in dire need of musical instruments.
To help, contact Pitima Roonrakwit, 121/7 Ramkhamhaeng Road, Min Buri, Bangkok 10510. Bank info: Bangkok Bank, Min Buri branch, savings a/c name: Pitima Roonrakwit, a/c no. 145-4-125988.
For more information, call Pitima on 08-1614-5328 or 08-6565-3227 or the Rayong Children Welfare Protection Institution on 03-868-4639.
Easing child hunger: The teachers at Ban Nong Kor Gai, a small cash-strapped school in rural Phetchaburi, rallied support from the parents and pupils to help collect food and raise funds so that every pupil can get a free, nutritious lunch. For many pupils, it is their only meal of the day.
To help, contact Boonlone Paocharoen and Aree Hongvises, Ban Nong Kor Gai School, Moo 5, Tambon Khao Krapuk, Tha Yang district, Phetchaburi 76130. Call (after office hours only) 08-7069-0483 (Acharn Boonlone) or 08-7159-3883 (Acharn Aree).
Education opportunities: Amid intense prejudice against migrant workers, Wat Don Jaeng School in Ratchaburi provides an oasis for migrant children thirsty for an education. To help, contact Sompong Sakaew, Labour Rights Promotion Network, 25/17-18 Mooban Mahachai Muangthong, Sahakorn Road, Tambon Bang Ya Praek, Muang District, Samut Sakhon, 74000. Call 03-4434-7267 or 08-6163-1390, email lpn.network@ gmail.com or see http://www.lpnrights.org/
Bank info: Krung Thai Bank, Samut Sakhon Branch; a/c name: Krong Karn Kruea Kai Song Serm Kunaparb Cheewit Raeng Ngarn or Labour Rights Promotion Network, a/c no. 712-0-13236-9. The programme also welcomes donations of school uniforms, shoes, stationery, books, toys and other necessities.
First aid volunteers: Despite being hit by a car and constantly short of money, 23-year-old Panupong Lapsathien is still devoted to his mission to provide on-the-spot first aid to the injured and the homeless. To help, you can donate medicines and medical equipment - Panupong Lapsathien refuses to receive money. For more information, call 08-9496-6669.
Free clinic: The Mae Tao Clinic, founded by Dr Cynthia Muang, in Tak, not only helps displaced people and migrant workers from Burma, it also provides health care services to people across the border. To help, contact Lisa Houston at the Mae Tao Clinic, PO Box 67, Mae Sot, Tak 63110, Thailand. Call 05-554-4655 or 08-6188-5962, fax 05-554-4655 or email email@example.com.
Organ donation: Countless patients are waiting to have a second chance at life through organ transplant. But there are still too few donors to meet needs. To help, contact Benjamaporn Deeburim at the Organ Donation Centre of the Thai Red Cross Society. Call 02-256-4045/6 ext 2508 or visit http://www.organdonate.in.th/.
Bank info: Siam Commercial Bank, Thai Red Cross Society branch; a/c name: Krong Karn Borijak Awayawa Tawai Nai Luang or Organ Donation Project for His Majesty the King; savings a/c no. 045-4-92152-3; or Krung Thai Bank, Surawong branch; a/c name as above; savings a/c no. 023-0-09999-8.
For more information on organ donation, contact the Organ Donation Centre on 1666.
Lepers: Most people are still either unaware of the plight of lepers, or misinformed about it, leading to a lack of support and discrimination. To help, contact Siriporn Dejkajorn, Rajpracha Samasai Foundation, Soi Bamratnaradun Hospital, Tiwanon Road, Muang district, Nonthaburi 11000. Call 02-591-3720 or fax 02-591-7210. Bank info: TMB Bank Public Company Limited, Pongpetch Branch, a/c name: Rajpracha Samasai Foundation, savings a/c no. 179-2-01387-0.
Please fax the deposit slip from the bank along with your name, postal address and telephone number to the Rajpracha Samasai Foundation to receive a receipt. Please mark any donations "to support people suffering from leprosy".
Self-care centre: A counselling centre for Burmese women in Tak advises them on how to manage and prevent health problems brought on by their work and living conditions. It also provides basic health check-ups, pregnancy tests, herbal treatments, traditional massage and health education for migrant workers, and transfers patients to hospitals when necessary. To help, contact Paerada Ngao-cholatharnchai at Sa Na Yar Thi Pan Group, 13/5, Bua Khoon Road, Mae Sot District, Tak 63110. Call 08-9855-7801. Bank account details: Kasikornbank, Mae Sot Branch, savings a/c no. 212-2-467-21-2.
Handicrafts: A group of disabled people in Ubon Ratchathani province have set up a weaving group to become financially independent and to regain their self-esteem.
To help, contact Mr Sompong Rakkot at Independent Working Group for People with Disabilities, 154 Moo 3, Tambon Phon-ngam, Det Udom district, Ubon Ratchathani. Call 08-9494-9134. Bank info: Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Det Udom Branch, a/c name: Gloom Pragob Archeeb Isara Khon Pikan or the Independent Working Group for People with Disabilities, savings a/c no. 150-2-05005-4.
Training for independent living: Though paralysed from the neck down, Teerawat
Sripathomsawad is determined to help provide other disabled people with training so they can acquire independent living skills and regain their self-confidence.
To help, contact Teerawat Sripathomsawad, the Nakhon Pathom Independent Living Centre for People with Disabilities, 259 Pipithprasat Road, Tambon Phra Pathom Chedi, Muang district, Nakhon Pathom 73000. Call 03-424-4358. Bank info: Kasikorn Bank, Sam Phran branch; a/c name: Samakom Kon Pigan Took Prapet Changwat Nakhon Pathom or the Nakhon Pathom Disabled People Association; savings a/c no. 343-2-34202-5.
Physical therapy: The Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Nonthaburi helps people who have become disabled through therapy and other rehabilitation programmes. To help, contact Songsaeng Thammasak, the Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Centre Foundation, 88/26 Moo 4 Soi Bamradnaradoon, Tivanon Road, Nonthaburi, 11000. Call 02-965-9186 - 9 ext 6704 or 6733, 02-951-0866, fax 02-951-1472 or visit http://www.snmrc.org/.
Bank info: Thai Military Bank, Khae Lai Branch, account name: Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Centre Foundation, a/c no. 098-2-06254-9; or Siam Commercial Bank, Chidlom Branch, a/c name: Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Centre Foundation, a/c no. 001-568948-3.
Safeguarding the seas: The Pattani Small-scale Fishermen's Association plays an important role in keeping their seas safe from big trawlers. But their patrol boats were recently destroyed by militants, allowing the trawlers to roam free and to continue sweeping the seas clean.
To help the fishermen with new patrol boats, contact the Pattani Small-scale Fishermen's Association. Bank info: Krung Thai Bank, Charoenpradit Branch, Pattani, a/c name: The Pattani Small-scale Fishermen's Association; savings a/c number: 929-0-07675-5.
Lead poisoning: The ethnic Karen forest dwellers at Klity, Kanchanaburi, still suffer from lead poisoning and their stream is still dangerously polluted.
To help, contact Surapong Kongchantuk, Karen Studies and Development Centre. Call 08-1642-4006, email karencenter@ yahoo.com or http://www.karencenter.com/
Bank info: Krungthai Bank's Mahanak Branch; savings bank a/c name: Fund for Lead Poisoning Victims at Klity (in Thai: Kong Toon Chuay Leur Pu Prasop Pai Jak Pit Sarn Takua Chao Baan Klity); savings a/c no: 156-1-07576-0.
Sanctuary: The Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand runs a sanctuary in Phetchaburi province to give a second chance to wild animals recovering from traumatic experiences.
To help, contact the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand, Moo 6, Tambon Thamairuak, Amphoe Tha Yang, 76130 Phetchaburi. Call 03-245-8135, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.wfft.org/.
Bank info: Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Tha Yang Branch, Phetchaburi province; a/c name: Wildlife Friends of Thailand; a/c no. 204-2-29122-9.
Blood donations: Dogs can donate blood to help save other dogs' lives. To help this worthy project, contact the Small Animal Hospital at Chulalongkorn University on 02-218-9752. Donor dog should be aged between one and eight, weigh over 20kg, be generally healthy and receiving regular preventative veterinary care, have a steady temperament and should never have received a transfusion.
Stray dogs: Save Our Strays helps stray dogs and cats in Bangkok with neutering and vaccination, and also finds them homes. To help, contact Miss Needa Nikornpun at Save Our Strays, 600/721, Mooban Sivalee, Phahon Yothin Road, Tambon Kookot, Lam Luk Ka district, Pathum Thani, 12130. Call 02-992-1220 or 08-7088-3810.
Hill-tribes museums: In the face ethnic discrimination, a group of ethnic villagers in Chiang Rai have established two museums to catalogue the cultural and historical riches of the highland peoples.
To help, contact the Mirror Foundation, 106 Moo 1 Ban Huay Khom, Mae Yao Sub-district, Muang district, Chiang Rai 57100. Call 05-373-7412 ext 11, fax 05-373-7616, email email@example.com or visit http://www.hilltribe.org/.
Bank info: Krung Thai bank, Mengrai Junction branch, savings a/c name: The Integrated Hill Community Development Project, savings a/c no. 539-1-36563-5.
Railway museum: The Railway Hall of Fame helps preserve some of Thailand's oldest forms of transport, but is in dire need of support.
To help, contact Chulsiri Viryasiri, Railway Hall of Fame, beside the car park at Gate 2, Chatuchak Park, Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road, Chatuchak district, Bangkok 10900. Call 08-1615-5776 or fax 02-517-2330.
The Railway Hall of Fame is open at weekends, from 8am to 3pm. Group visits on weekdays can be arranged on request in advance.
Music for patients: The Ramathibodi Hospital's "Larn Dontri" project entertains and calms out-patients while waiting for treatment. Musicians who wish to volunteer for the Larn Dontri programme should call 02-201-1064. The hospital will provide a parking space and a snack or lunch box. Performances are from 11am to 2pm, every weekday.
Transsexuals: A first-of-its-kind counselling centre in Pattaya offers respite for members of the city's transgendered population who face different forms of discrimination. To help, contact Sittiphan Boonyapisomparn at Sisters Counselling Centre for the Transgendered, 29/44 Moo 10 Soi Yen Sabai, Phratumnak Road, Banglamung District, Pattaya, Chon Buri, 20260. Call 03-842-3382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bank info: Bangkok Bank, Phloen Chit branch, a/c name: Population Services International (PSI)-Asia (Thailand), savings a/c no. 205-0-47385-5.
Missing persons: The Missing Persons Information Centre gives hope and helps distressed families locate their missing loved ones. Apart from victims of human trafficking, many of the missing people are elderly, and suffering from senility and dementia. To help, contact Eaklak Loomchomkhae at the Mirror Foundation's Missing Persons Information Centre, 41 Lert Panya Building, 9th Floor, Room 907, Soi Lert Panya (Si Ayutthaya 12), Si Ayutthaya Road, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, 10400. Call 02-642-7991 ext 11, fax 02-642-7991 ext 18, email email@example.com or visit http://www.backtohome.org/.
Bank info: Siam Commercial Bank, Century Plaza Branch; a/c name: Kong Tun Tam Nong Glab Ban or "The Back to Home Fund"; a/c no. 208-202378-3.
Chulalongkorn scholarships: Chulalongkorn University's scholarship programme is 25 years old and still expanding to help needy students pursue higher education. To help, contact Assoc Prof Dr Manop Muangyai, Rural Students Admission and Scholarship Project, Chulalongkorn University, Room 219, Jamruree 2 Building, Phaya Thai Road, Wang Mai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. Call 02-218-3245, fax 02-215-3244 or visit http://www.rural.chula.ac.th/.
Bangkok Post scholarships: The Bangkok Post Foundation has been helping poor students, many of whom are the handicapped or victims of natural disasters, to pursue higher education. The programme runs with the help of readers' donations, the company's contributions and free, voluntary work from the staff. To help, contact Mrs Prapaiparn Rathamarit or Mrs Kusuma Mintakhin, Bangkok Post Foundation, Bangkok Post Building, 136 Na Ranong Road, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110. Call 02-240-3700 ext 3405 or 3224, fax 02-240-3666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bank info: Bangkok Bank Sunthorn Kosa branch, savings a/c name: Bangkok Post Foundation, a/c no. 218-0-267441. Alternatively, send a cheque or money order, payable to Post Publishing Plc and marked "Attention: Kusuma Mintakhin" to the above address, or call 02-240-3700 ext 3224/5. Please specify that the Bangkok Post Foundation is the intended recipient and remember to include your name and address so that we can send you a receipt. Donors are eligible for tax deductions.
Free boarding school: Three years after the 2004 tsunami, many donors have gradually pulled out, leaving the remaining few to struggle to provide long-term help to the tsunami victims. One of them is Yaowawit School, which provides free education and boarding to needy children on the Andaman coast. Plans are underway for the school's staff and students to start running a resort in order to help the school become self-reliant.
To help, contact Kellie Nuntapanich Yaowawit School, Kapong, 29/55 Moo 1, Maw Sub-district, Kapong district, Phang Nga 82170. Call 08-4101-5353 or visit http://www.yaowawit.com/.