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Tsunami aftermath: Yaowawit School Kapong

Yaowawit School Kapong   Khun Man Suksawee
Llicense receiver Project "Children's World Academy Foundation"


“….We pledge to provide a first class education which helps our children to become open-minded, confident, caring and happy people. This will enable them to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty….”

An Kapong is a small mountain village in Phang Nga Province which is on west coast of Thailand. The fertile and largely cultivated area surrounding Ban Kapong supplies the whole of Thailand with mangosteen, durian, rambutan and other kinds of fruit. Yaowawit School itself is situated on a fruit orchard 5 km from the village.

Yaowawit School Kapong is a registered public welfare school located in the South of Thailand which provides long term assistance to children who have suffered terrible disadvantages due to the Tsunami. Children suffering from the effects of disease and or awful social conditions are assisted in order to best prepare them for the future. The aim of the school is to provide the children with the best possible chance of beating a vicious circle of poverty whilst also giving them a road map for leading successful lives.

Yaowawit School Kapong is a registered public welfare school located in the South of Thailand which provides long term assistance to children who have suffered terrible disadvantages due to the Tsunami. Children suffering from the effects of disease and or awful social conditions are assisted in order to best prepare them for the future. The aim of the school is to provide the children with the best possible chance of beating a vicious circle of poverty whilst also giving them a road map for leading successful lives.

The school is funded by generous donations from committed partners, supporters and friends. Two foundations have been specifically initiated to advance the project: the German based Stiftung Children's World Academy and in Thailand the officially registered Children's World Academy Foundation. Both organisations are committed to ensuring that each child gains a good education and there-in acquires the skills necessary to allow them to escape from the restraints nature has imposed upon them.

Yaowawit School Kapong

The history of the school itself is somewhat interesting: In mid January 2005, a couple of weeks after the devastating Tsunami, Yaowawit School was constructed on an area of land measuring 22 hectares. Located near the southern Thai village of Kapong the school was built to cater to 180 ‘boarding’students and 50 external students. The first section of the boarding school was opened on April 24th 2006 in the presence of HRH Princess Maha Jakri Sirindhorn whilst regular school operations began on May 17th 2006.

Currently Yaowawit School has both ‘kindergarten’ and ‘primary school’ levels of education. However, future plans are afoot for providing a higher level of education covering ‘intermediary school’ levels and more. The school's curriculum is based on Thai standards, and the inter-related needs of the local and regional politic. Enrolled students are reared under Thai values and traditions whilst also benefitting from aspects of the program incorporated from modern global life. Students for example will grow up bilingually – learning both Thai and English. Moreover, students will also learn how to use computers and the internet as well being schooled in traditional Thai music and dance. Sports and fitness are further regular activities children will engage in as they will daily traditional Buddhist meditation, in order to support inner balance. Ensuring all in all a ‘broad church’ of development.

Yaowawit School also encourages its children to learn how to aim for goals individually so that one day the children will be able to improve their living conditions. They arrange classes and training in craftsmanship and other practical areas that will prepare them for Southern Thailand's most important business sectors such as, farming, tourism and nursing.

In response to these ideas, a large part of the school area is occupied by a plantation, dedicated to the agricultural education of the students. It is also used to supply the project with vegetables, herbs and fruit, and for commercial purposes in order to help the school cover its running costs.

Additionally a small hotel or lodge has been built in order to allow the students to learn and experience first hand how to conduct the management and operation of a hotel and restaurant business. This is part of the schools dedicated tourism faculty which seeks to best prepare its students for coping with all aspects of arguably Thailand’s most important industry.
Yaowawit School Kapong

A specialised nursing facility is also under development in conjunction with Kapong District Hospital. The facility will see the management of the schools foundation and the officials of the hospital start an education program for nurses which will ensure cooperation from both facilities and provide great benefits to Yaowawit's students.

Both the school and boarding school are exclusively run by Thais nationals ensuring the needs of the children are genuinely understood. At Yaowawit School however, these people are regarded more as tutors than teachers: companions and coaches who help and assist in all areas of the child’s development. To augment and improve the process specialists from various disciplines for example Sport or English are often invited to offer their expertise.

Yaowawit School now hosts over 80 children but is striving to survive itself; so outside support of any kind is particularly welcome. Should you be interested in sponsoring a child, or just providing a one-time donation of any amount we urgently ask you to contact them at chardenberg@childrensworldacademy.com




For further information please also visit http://www.childrensworldacademy.com

Children’s World Academy Foundation, Thailand & Stiftung Children’s World Academy, Germany

c/o Irmler & von Hardenberg GmbH
Philipp Graf von Hardenberg
Büschstrasse 7, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
Tel: +49-40-8533350 Fax: +49-40-85333529
Email: phardenberg@ircon.de

Yaowawit School, Kapong

Kellie Chatkaew Nuntapanich, Family Manager
29/55 Moo 1, Maw, Kapong, Phang Nga 82170 Thailand
Tel: +66-84 1015353
Email: kellie.nuntapanich@gmail.com


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