Future Garden School Water Project – Thailand
Under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Mark Cox, this project is to bring a water supply to the Future Garden School from an adjoining property.
Future Garden School is a Burmese migrant learning center located in Phop Phra, Tak province, Thailand. It is located very close to the Burmese border and has 300+ students this year. These students are of mixed ethnicities, and their families have recently fled from Burma into Thailand looking for better opportunities and education. In addition to running classes for kindergarten through 5th grade, the school also runs a boarding house for over 30 of the students whose homes are too far away from the school to travel on a daily basis.
Their current problem arises from a lack of access to water. Last year they had a connection to a neighbor’s well. However, the well was downhill from the school, which required the school to purchase a pump. Due to a less-than-desirable neighbor and an isolated location of the well, the pump was broken several times and the principal of the learning center, Nwe Ni Win, decided to discontinue collaborating with this neighbor.
Nwe Ni Win recently arranged to obtain water from the other neighbor, who is a Thai village headman and has proven to be much more helpful with the school. This new well is uphill from the school, which eliminates the need for an electric pump.
Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including water pipe and glue, and pay some labor costs, to bring the water from the property of the neighbor. The school will contribute over 1/3 of the project cost.
Five members of the local Thai community will be chosen by the village headman to work on the project, which will last a total of four days.
This project will ensure that these 300 students can continue their education while having safe and clean conditions, something that their parents envisioned when leaving Burma and coming to Thailand.
Mark previously successfully completed the Pa Taan Daai Bathroom Project – Thailand during his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, he proceeded to complete the Ban Huay Lue Luang Bathroom Project – Thailand.
This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.
We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Mark of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Mark and/or other projects in the country of service.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.