World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) has held a ceremony to present plaqes of honour to the schools across Khon Kaen province which have participated in “The Heart of Giving” project in Academic Year 2018. Mr Suthep Maneechot, Khon Kaen Deputy Governor, has presided over the ceremony and been warmly welcomed by Dr Bunjongsek Supsopha, WVFT’s Assistant National Director-Marketing and Fundraising.
In Academic Year 2018, 14 schools in Khon Kaen province, with 8,700 students, joined the project. Each student was gradually saving their money, as far as it did not bother them, by putting their allowance in the box given by WVFT. The bits of saving have added up to the big amount of fund worth more than 420,000 baht, which could be allocated to support 31 vulnerable children in Child Sponsorship Programme and provided 10,218 nutritious breakfast meals, 20 baht per meal, to poor children in child care centres in WVFT’s development areas through Breakfast for Kids Project.
Ms Phuangthong Poonrueng, Deputy Dean for Demonstration School and Director of Demonstration School of Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen province, reflected the results after the school’s 4-year project participation: “The reason why our school has participated in this project because we’ve seen WVFT’s activities and their commitment to unprivileged children. The project has not only instilled in children good saving discipline and heart of sharing, but also taught our students, especially in kindergarten, to learn about types of coins, number counting, and team work. One day when these children grow up and become members of the society, they’ll definitely be in the better position than many other children. What they’ve learnt from this project will always be with them, thanks to their opportunity to learn how to help others since they’re young. They’ll have a heart to help the underprivileged whenever they can.”
Pawanna ‘Phrem’, a high school junior from Kham Kaen Nakhon School, Khon Kaen province, revealed her feeling in spite of her first year of the project participation: “I’ve joined this project after having heard about all the details. I feel sorry that underprivileged children don’t have opportunity to go to school or have healthy breakfast to eat. To save my money, I’ve saved some change from buying something to drink at school every day and some part-time money I’ve made from babysitting my niece during weekends. I’ve put the money in the money saving box given by WVFT. Personally, I think that it feels better to give than receive. As a receiver, I need to wait for the opportunity and the time to come while I don’t know how long it takes, how many days, months, or years. But as a giver, I can do it every day. Most importantly when I give, what I get back instantly is happiness.”
The Heart of Giving has been implemented by WVFT, in collaboration with educational institutes in different provinces, since 2007 with an objective to promote moral and ethics development among students by building foundation for students to have a heart of sharing. The project has also supported the Ministry of Education’s strategy to develop students to become good persons and productive citizens. Students have received emotional development to have a ‘heart of giving’, which contributes to positive behaviour through saving.