As part of Tractus’ continuing CSR activities and in support of our mission to support unprivileged students and underfinanced schools in the countries we operate – John, Kwan and their daughter Aem returned to and visited the Dhammajarik Foundation Temple School in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand on March 14, 2105. This small school – pre-school to middle school – is home to 50 boarding students and another 50 day students. Many of the students are the children of Karen and other hill tribe minorities living in Thailand near the Myanmar border. Tractus first visited the school in December 2013 as part of our annual CSR program. Since that time Kwan has stayed in close contact with one of the nuns at the school and the Abbot. She first met the Abbot when he was in Minnesota teaching at the one Thai temple in the State. For the past two years’ we have continued to monitor and understand the school and students’ needs. The school is in the process of continually improving its infrastructure and its learning environment and we were pleased to be able to support it.
Tractus and friends supported the following:
- A 2,000 liter stainless steel drinking water tank.
- A second hand desktop computer which was donated by friends of Tractus.
- Tractus purchased school supplies and dry foodstuffs.
- Tractus and friends contributed more than US$ 600 towards the construction of the new boy’s dormitory.
- Scott Weicht who in November rode with fellow Minnesotans John, Aaron Madsen and Bob Daudt from Hanoi to Bangkok donated the bike he rode to the temple. Scott’s bike has now gone from Hanoi, Vietnam to the Myanmar border and is beginning a new chapter to help the students to carry goods that they purchase from the market back to the school.
- In the spirit of giving John and Kwan’s daughter Aem also gave her bike to the younger students.
Currently the school has a shortage of water especially drinking water. As the current water shortage is extremely serious Tractus is looking at how to support the school to find a cost effective liner for the currently dry small catchment pond at the school that supplies water for their gardens and sanitary usage.
We want to thank all of the Tractus staff and our friends for the continued support of this and other schools across Asia.