Skål Int’l Bangkok donates to the Bamboo School of the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation; giving free, world-class education to the rural poor

During the 10 October 2017 meeting of SKÅL INTERNATIONAL BANGKOK (SI BKK) Senator Mechai Viravaidya was on hand to receive the club’s charity donation to this outstanding organisation.

The presentation took place at the Centara Grand Hotel at Central Plaza Ladprao in Bangkok.
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About the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation
“The NGO I founded, Population & Community Development Association (PDA), was established in 1974 to address health and long-term sustainability issues in Thailand. We promoted family planning through innovative programs and approaches to desensitize contraceptive use and make them available throughout Thailand. When HIV/AIDS reared its head, similar principles were applied to ensure that everyone was aware of the dangers of this disease and knew about its prevention.
“Following these programs, we focused on rural development initiatives to empower the poor to eradicate poverty, which we utilized in the wake of the Tsunami in 2004. This program eventually evolved into what is known today as the Village Development Partnership, which addresses the five vital components of development: community empowerment, income generation, health, education, and environmental promotion.
“Recently, I have chosen to devote a significant portion of my efforts towards youth philanthropy and education through the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation. That is why we have established the Mechai Pattana School, theGreen Village Toy Library, and our Youth Philanthropy program to ensure that children grow up to be good citizens and recognize the joy of doing public good. These initiatives are funded by the generous contributions from donors as well as our social enterprises including the Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant Chain, Birds & Bees Resort in Pattaya, andBusiness for Rural Education and Development Co. Ltd. (BREAD).
“Thank you for your time and please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or questions.”