What we do in Thailand
According to the results of the PISA tests of the national school systems, Thailand is at the end of the list of participating countries. Furthermore, in the rural areas of the North and Northeast, poor families often cannot afford paying for their children’s extracurricular costs. Therefore, they sometimes do not send them to school, let alone to university. Missed education often leads to a life of poverty or worse, to the tourist night clubs in the South.
Between 2006 and 2020, HopeHouse supported the education of more than 1000 youngsters during their three-year secondary or senior high school. The foundation bears the costs of school transport, meals, school uniform, special courses, and sports activities. Donated funds are administered by our persons of confidence in Thailand who are in constant touch with the families to ensure a just and optimal allocation of resources.
14 Scholarships for University
Educational scholarships are provided by the Foundation to support gifted youth. At present, 14 students receive HopeHouse funding for their four years of studies at the university. They are closely followed by our director, Dr. Gilles Bernard, and his wife Lamphun. In 2016, five of our students graduated with distinction and received their Bachelor degree in Computer Programming, Math and English. And just as important: They instantly found a well paid job in their field. A great success, also for HopeHouse! In 2019, one of our best students was elected to go to Japan where he will study robotics at a highly rated Tokyo university, which is often compared to MIT in Boston.
Facilitating Career Entry - English Crash Courses
Even with a secondary school education, career opportunities and prospects, e.g. in the booming tourism industry, are very limited. Therefore, 25 school graduates and/or students in their last school year benefit from English crash courses given by Dr. Gilles Bernard and his wife Lamphun. The courses have met with tremendous success, be it in preparation for university or professional career. Last year, 4 of them successfully passed the TOEIC Professional English Exam in Bangkok.
LAOS - a new challenge - we need YOU!
In Laos, schools are worse off than in Thailand. They are short of everything. In September 2016, with only CHF 10.000, we provided 125 secondary school students with basic necessities, school supplies and simple sportsware. We equipped their computer room with 17 new computers - hardware and software - while the teacher was handed over a laptop and projector. They simply love HopeHouse!
And what will be in the immediate future ?
5 more computers will have to replace old equipment in the aforementioned school.
In 2018, HopeHouse has financed the project of a basic science laboratory.
And we have decided to sponsor another 125 students, resulting in a total of 250 students at this same school.
Furthermore, 35 students in a Southern rural village near the Thai border, will get help.
Cumulatively, the number of youths sponsored in Laos will be 280.