Karma Yoga and Charity Work
Wat Pardeom School Project, Namuang, November 2012
- Location: M.1 Bandontang, Namuang, Koh Samui, Surat Tahni 84140 Thailand
- In 1917 they turned the sermon hall of a monastery into a school.
- In 1930 they built their first schoolhouse (two-story).
- The school provides kindergarten and primary education.
- 208 students comprise the student body.
As part of our ongoing community service work on Koh Samui, Centered Foundation encourages our students and the local community to work together in this karma yoga initiative.
The school facility is as important as early education is to make the children feel motivated and happy to grow and learn.
Since it receives very little funds from the government to be able to do the much needed improvements and repairs, the school is in very poor condition. However, it has a lot of potential to be a welcoming, loving place for children. And we are grateful to be in a position to help.
Growing mangrove Project,Leam Sor, November 2011
Wat Kiriwong Ka Ram, Talingam, September 2011
Wat Klang School Project, Laem Sor
- School Opened in 1952
- 140 children ages 4 - 12 and 9 Teachers
- Tuition cost per year approximately 2000 baht
- Cost of lunch 10 baht per child.
- Project timeline: August - November 2008
As part of our on going community service work on Koh Samui, Centered Foundation encourages the help of our students and local people to work together in this selfless service common goal.
The importance of early education is as important as the facility to make the children feel motivated and happy as the place to grow and learn.
The school is in poor condition as it receives very little funds from the government to be able to do the much need improvements to the school. The school has a lot of potential to be a welcoming loving place for the children.
There are only 3 toilets in the entire school! It needs complete renovation and upgrade. Our plan is to add 4 more toilets for the kids in the coming months.
There is no sink for the kids to wash their hands. We want to add 3 sinks to this toilet area.
This building is used for the children to brush their teeth and wash hands, but it currently does not have running water. The pipes and faucets will need to be upgraded.
The dining hall needs some renovation. The tables and chairs needs some repaired and painted. The fans are broken and more new fans is needed.
The sports area (basket ball court and foot ball field) needs some painting and proper netting. The children play area needs to be repaired and painted.
The library is in need of books and learning tools. There is only one working computer.
We kindly appreciate your kind support and generosity. We will kick off our project on Sunday August 31 @ 2:30 pm. You are invited to come by the school.
Thank you for your kindness - Jutima and Paul (Samahita Retreat)
Bang Por Kindergarten, April 2008
In April 2008, the residential students of the Foundation Training Course spent their Sundays renovating a local kindergarten in Bang Por. The school is owned by a lovely Thai lady named "Pa Dang" She has had this school for 40 years and in her 60s. The school has over 200 students between age 3 - 6 years. The government do not provide any funds necessary to renovate this run down school. Pa Dang lacks the funds to improve the school conditions without private support. She charges very little for the school (less than 40 Euros per year per child). She does this out of her love for children and to provide a safe place where young children can be while their parents are at work.??
The following details some "before" and after photos of the school.
Dining area lack fans or proper floor to keep the place cool and clean.
The playground was old, rusted and in dangerous conditions.
The school grounds were filled with dirt and sand. The children would be covered with dirt after a day at school.
After one month of all of us and the community coming to help, we have transformed the kindergarten into a happy clean and safe place.
Our karma yogi team painted and sanded all playground toys and tables and rooms.
We laid down fresh grass during a heavy rainfall and painted cartoon images along the walls.
The playground got happy colors face lift for children to safely play on.
The children start their new term at the school on May 20, 2008. We plan to have a celebration party for their new school. Thank you for everyone who came to work on and support this rewarding project.