Ascott Making a Difference in Chiang Rai

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Monday, 20 July 2009

Ascott International has been raising funds to help give children in Chiang Rai a brighter future. The funds have been used for a variety of activities which range from supporting the educational needs of underprivileged children to funding their medical treatment.

The funds from Ascott International have provided a group of hill tribe children in the Wiengkaen district of Chiang Rai province a new school dormitory. With the facility, the children no longer need to walk for hours from their home in remote villages to their school and will have more time for their studies. Around Baht 550,000 was raised for the dormitory through donations from guests and staff, and a top-up from CapitaLand Hope Foundation.

The new dormitory is part of the Po Wittaya School which has around 300 students from kindergarten to junior high level. Most of them come from poor families and live in villages about 10 to 20 kilometers away from the school.

Mr Eddie Lim, Ascott Internationals Country General Manager, Indochina, said, The Wiengkaen district is a very remote part of Chiang Rai province where many children live in poverty and have limited access to education. Through this charity drive, we hope to improve the lives and future of the children.

Mr Lim and a team of Ascott staff also visited the Wiengkaen district for the opening ceremony of a new building in Panghudsahasart School. CapitaLand Hope Foundation had donated Baht 1,500,000 to construct the two-storey facility which comprises four classrooms, a canteen and a fully-equipped kitchen.

The charity drive is one of Ascotts more than 25 worldwide community initiatives as the company marks 25 successful years as a leading serviced residence owner-operator.

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