Here we are again. It’s an honor to write to you for the 10th consecutive year: 10 years of the Kharma Foundation!It is said all too often but how does the time fly by.
From visiting an orphanage for a day in 2007 to building dormitories, toilets and mess halls deep in the jungle; it has been a beautiful ride with amazing memories along the way.
The fantastic help of all the volunteers and the fantastic donations of all of you… together we have made the Kharma Foundation (KF) possible. And we hope that we can go on for many more years to try to change the lives of kids for the better.
The future plans for the next decade are to deliver more structured help based on the philosophy of the KF with a focus on 12 key areas. These areas have to be present if we want to create the most optimal learning and living environment for the children. For example: good buildings, quality study material, nutritious food, decent sleeping quarters and so on.
In ten years you learn some valuable lessons of what is wanted and needed. We will add the first draft of the KF philosophy as an attachment to this email.
“Kharma goes Valentine 2017: Por Bu La Kee School” This year we will, once again, go to a school close to the border of Myanmar, high in the mountains of North Thailand. Same as last year we will be working together with mister Maha who is in charge of all the Border Patrol Police schools in Tak province.
For us it is important to find a school that needs our help, but also that this school has a head teacher that appreciates the donations and will maintain them. Only then our donations find the right place and the kids will benefit the most from them.
Expressing our wish to mister Maha he has introduced us to mister Kittichai, the head teacher of the Por Bu La Kee School. The school is in a hard to reach area; when visiting for the research trip the 80 kilometers from the highway to the school took us about 6 hours.
The head teacher is a stocky man with a big broad smile that gave us a good vibe straight away. Everywhere kids but also the villagers along the way would come to the roadside to greet him and wave. It was obvious this man was truly loved by the locals. He is a very driven man, trying to find donations to sponsor small and big projects he does for ‘his kids’. Exactly what we are looking for: a motivated teacher with passion in creating a better life for his students.
We have agreed with him to help him with some big projects he really needs done. One is fixing the dormitories for the boys and girls as they look in a terrible state as you will see on the photos. Second is a good and safe playground. Third is a donation of some desktop computers with learning material for the children. And then we will support some small donations of paint, toys, sports equipment etc.
The next thing we are happy about is that mister Kittichai is really up for his school being an example of a properly run school for other schools in the area. He will help us find schools we can lift up to the level his school is. This will be based on the 12 areas described in the KF’s philosophy. He will help us find other schools with passionate head teachers for future projects.
Thirdly mister Maha will assist us with setting up a structured way to keep track of the schools we have supported and we will receive updates with pictures and some feedback from the kids. This is what we always wanted and with the right support we will get there.
Just helping once is good; building relationships with the school and teachers is much better.
Very soon we will be receiving the information of another school called Le Pho Dae, about one hour drive from Por Bu La Kee. We also want to support this school with this year’s project.
The roads are terrible during and just after the rainy season, so realistically by the time we are receiving donations and we can start transporting all the goods for the projects to the school its January and then the building and renovating can start. The event will be once more the “Kharma goes Valentine” as we will be visiting the schools in mid or end of February 2017.
We truly wish and hope we can count on your very much appreciated and often ongoing support. We will add some awesome pictures of the last years and pictures of the recent research trip.
As every year we will close the letter with the wise words of Franklin D. Roosevelt but not before we thank you for your support and the honor it is to do this bit of good work together. We hope the photos will bring some joy for you this day. It is something very beautiful what we managed to put together in a world that can be grim at times.
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
A very friendly greeting,
The fantastic volunteers of the KF