Himmapaan’s New Projects

Kru Su Doi
The ‘Kru Su Doi (teachers to mountain)” Project was initiated by the remarkable Thai-American family, the Bellas, to raise funds to ensure that the community at KopKup Village in Mae Tang District, Chiang Mai have a dedicated full-time elementary school teacher.
The Bellas developed the “Kru Su Doi” project with assistance from the Himmapaan Foundation to sustain the salary of a school teacher at Kop Kup Lahu village. The project helps children ages between 2-7 years old to have access to education.
Before the project began, the children had to trek for hours from their hill tribe village to go to school, which is located on the foothill. On June 2012, the teacher started teaching at the school, there are over 15 students between the ages of 5-8 years old.
The program intends to raise 500,000 baht, to ensure that the children will have 5 years of non interrupted learning. The funding goes entirely towards the teacher’s salary. School buildings and supplies have been generously donated by other individuals and companies. Today, Close to 200,000 Bht. has been raised.
English program – Australia
Michael Peschardt, a journalist from the BBC met Asian Oasis founder, Chananya two years ago during an interview for his program. He learned about Asian Oasis hilltribe lodges and the stellar example Asian Oasis sets for Community Based Tourism and decided to take time off from the BBC for a month long visit to Lanjia Lodge, where he taught English language skills at the community school, with amazing results. He trying  became inspired and used his contacts at the University of Sydney to secure a full-time English teacher from  universities in Australia the University of Sydney for the village. Asian Oasis has offered to sponsor all meals for the English teachers and the land to build the teacher accommodation.
The Faculty of Education at Sydney University will send two (fourth or fifth year) graduate students to the village on a year round basis with a six week rotation conforming to the local academic calendar. They will set up a formal English teaching curriculum targeted specifically for the students of Kiew Karn . These graduate students are very well qualified, young and enthusiastic. The Centre for English Teaching (CET) is the English language arm of the University of Sydney. CET offers high quality English language programs and provides a superior level of teaching and support.
Through the generosity and kindness of Mr. Michael Peschardt who personally volunteered his time and money at Kiew Karn Village, Chiang Rai, the program for English teaching and volunteer work has begun.
Five students to date have received full scholarships (tuition, uniforms, books and supplies) from this fund. Mr. Michael Peschardt is working tirelessly with universities in Australia to establish a year round program for volunteers and sponsors to come to Kiew Karn and surrounding area. This is to ensure that the program is sustainable, to ensure better learning for the students.
Buy a Book Give a Book
The Story of Baitong & Boon
Georgetown University student Phantila Phataraprasit returned home to Thailand for the holidays and got right to work putting smiles on the faces of children in the remote hilltribe community of Kiew Karn village, in northern Thailand giving away copies of her new book The Story of Baitong and Boon.
Phantila, daughter of Asian Oasis founder, Chananya Phataraprasit began writing the children’s book when she was a 16 year old high school student in America, collaborating with Yeoh Siew Hoon, Editor and Founder of Web In Travel.
The Story of Baitong and Boon tells the story of a special friendship between an elephant and a boy deep in the forests of northern Thailand. Baitong and Boon become friends and learn to make music together. Until the boy, Boon, has to leave for school in the city. Baitong, heartbroken, wanders off in search of his human friend and ends up lost and captive in Bangkok. You’ll have to read the book to find out how a dog and music saved the day.  Proceeds from the sale of The Story of Baitong & Boon go towards the Himmapaan Foundation (Thailand) whose purpose is to encourage travelers and the travel industry to take part in activities to restore or improve the quality of life of local people, either through environmental and community work or educational projects.
Asian Oasis is coordinating the distribution of the book to children throughout Northern Thailand with the help of guests and team members from Lisu Lodge, Khum Lanna Lodge and Lanjia Lodge with a “Buy One-Give One” project.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the books goes toward printing more books in local language to be donated to local schools and communities. Asian Oasis works with these communities to ensure that the books reach as many young students as possible. Educational programs like reading contests, quizzes and discussions are organized. Today, almost 2,000 books have been sold and distributed. For many students, this is the first time they have owned a book. Having the book available in both the local language and English encourage the students to develop their English skills in a fun and entertaining way.

peschpeoplelogoAustralian Teachers for English Teaching Program

Michael Peschardt, a journalist from the BBC met Asian Oasis founder, Chananya Phataraprasit, two years ago during an interview for his Peschardt’s People program. He learned about Asian Oasis’s sustainable tourism activities at its hill tribe lodges in northern Thailand, a quintessence of community-based Tourism. He was so impressed with the business model that he decided to take time off from his work to visit Lanjia Lodge, one of Asian Oasis’ hill tribe lodges, where he ended up teaching English to hill tribe children at the community school for a month.
He is now working on a project with universities in Australia to find young volunteer teachers  to teach at a community school in the Kiew Karn Village, Chiang Rai Province, where Lanjia Lodge is located. Asian Oasis is planning to provide meals and accommodation for the English teachers during their stay.
Mr. Michael also established a scholarship fund for the students of Kiew Karn Village. The scholarship has been given to five hill tribe students to pay for their tuition fee, uniforms, books and school supplies. Through his generosity and kindness, the program for English teaching and volunteer work has begun.

Buy a Book Give a Book
The Story of Baitong & Boon

When Georgetown University student Phantila Phataraprasit returned home to Thailand for the holidays, she got right to work putting smiles on the faces of children in the remote hill tribe community of Kiew Karn village in Chiang Rai Province, giving away copies of her new book  “The Story of Baitong and Boon”.
boon & baitong book givingPhantila, daughter of Asian Oasis founder, Chananya Phataraprasit began writing the children’s book when she was a 16 year old high school student in America, collaborating with Yeoh Siew Hoon, Editor and Founder of Web In Travel.
The Story of Baitong and Boon tells the story of a special friendship between an elephant and a boy deep in the forests of northern Thailand. Baitong and Boon become friends and learn to make music together. Until the boy, Boon, has to leave for school in the city, Baitong is heartbroken and wanders off in search of his human friend and ends up lost and captive in Bangkok. You’ll have to read the book to find out how a dog and music saved the day.
Proceeds from the sale of The Story of Baitong & Boon go towards the Himmapaan Foundation whose purpose is to encourage travelers and the travel industry to take part in activities to restore or improve the quality of life of local people, either through environmental and community work or educational projects.
Asian Oasis is coordinating the distribution of the books to children throughout Northern Thailand with the help of guests and team members from Lisu Lodge, Khum Lanna Lodge and Lanjia Lodge with a “Buy One-Give One” project.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the books go toward printing more books in local language to be donated to local schools and communities. Asian Oasis works with these communities to ensure that the books reach as many young students as possible. Educational programs like reading contests, quizzes and discussions are organized.
Today, almost 2,000 books have been sold and distributed. For many local students, this is the first time they have owned a book. Having the book available in both the local language and English encourage the students to develop their English skills in a fun and entertaining way.
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