Each year the Rotary Club of Bangkok South undertakes a number of projects with various institutions who care for the young, the deaf, the blind, the handicapped and the ill.
These institutions include:
- Ban Bang Boon Aids Hospice
- Thungmahamek School for the Deaf
- National Foundation for the Blind/Caulfield Library
- Redemptorist Mission, Pattaya
- Sparrow Home for children of women in prison
- Ramintra Home for the Handicapped and Blind
Some recent projects include:
- Assist with refurbishment of the Sparrow Home kitchen
- Purchase therapeutic Roho cushions for youths at Redemptorist Mission confined to wheelchairs
- Purchase Braille printing paper for the Caulfield Library for the blind
- Provide hearing aids batteries for Thungmahamek School
- Fund an annual sign language course for parents, police and community at Thungmahamek School for the Deaf
- Send children from Thungmahamek to an annual boy scout/girl guide camp;
- Fund community based rehabilitation programmes in provinces, teach skills in caring for the handicapped;
- Purchase parallel bars and stairs for physiotherapy sessions at Ramintra Home
- Provide equipment for electrotherapy/muscle regeneration treatment
Over the years we have funded several projects at Thungmahamek designed to teach the children skills they can use later in life, or through which they can generate income for the home and themselves.
These include tools for batik printing, sewing machines, equipment for balloon making, and tools for production of decorative display cases and display items.
The school won an award and a cash prize for its balloon making efforts. The cash prize was several times the amount it cost to buy the balloon making items.
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To learn more about one of our projects from 2013, read about our project to give Saori Looms to Schools for Special Needs Students
Wednesday, 23 October 2013, eight members of Bangkok South along with Rtn Hidemi Shinoda, District 2670 Japan and Dr Samron Chooduangngern, President, Old Japan Students’ Association in Thailand, travelled to Lopburi Panyanukul School for the handover of 22 Saori looms, for the benefit of students and budding artisans in schools around the region.
The project started when Rotary Club of Pranarai Lopburi, a Bangkok South sister club in Thailand, approached us for assistance with a Matching Grant
Project costing US$ 18,051.
Bangkok South contributed US $500 towards the project, and obtained US$ 3,000 from RC Surfers Paradise Australia (a Bangkok South sister club) and another US$ 4,000 contribution from District 2670 Japan (a Bangkok South major supporter).
The original name of Lopburi Panyanukul School was Suksapiset Lop Buri School (Special Needs School and establish in November 1993. Administered by Mr Suban Jirapanwanich and Prabahtnumpu Temple Abbot, Father Udomprachartorn as counselor, the school offers kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school education.
The school aims to be a leading institute providing educational and vocational services for students with intellectual disabilities so that they can fully participate in their community at their highest potential.
The mission is to provide effective education for students with intellectual disabilities; to promote employment according to their interests and potential so they can live independently within their family, local community and society; to work with local organizations to enhance educational and vocational services; and, to encourage staff to become leading professionals in providing special education.
The school provides the training needed for Down’s syndrome students to develop the skills needed to find suitable employment, in particular in making handicrafts and handmade products with a distinct and personal style.
With this in mind, Saori looms are ideals. Founded in 1968 by Misao Jo from Osaka, Japan, Saori philosophy is based on the idea that everyone can freely express themselves regardless of age, gender, disability or intellectual aptitude and can enjoy weaving using their own creativity. “Using color and imagination, texture and widths, one weaves like an artist drawing a picture or a penning a poem. Loose threads along the edge and accidental skipping of threads add to overall beauty in the same way.”
Ideal for children with learning handicaps, Saori believes there are no mistakes and that every weave has its own special character. Imperfections can be fascinating with weaving done on its looms showing a human quality full of imperfections that are actually flawless.