1. Address: Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center, 244, Moo 4, Tumbong Pang Moo, Maung District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand.
2. Model: New Ford Ranger FX4
3. Total cost: USD 41000 – inclusive of assurance, maintenance and taxes for the first two years.
4. Purpose: To buy a truck for the usage of Community Learning Center as a means of transporting students, teacher and staff for field assignments and buying teaching materials and food for the students.
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center (BNSCLC), an NGO, was founded in 2004 by Mr. Kyaw Hla Sein, a Burmese Migrant, who worked in many villages along the Thai-Myanmar border. Throughout his work as a migrant in Thailand, he saw the struggles of refugees fleeing warfare from within Myanmar, migrants, and the poor Thais living along the Thai-Myanmar. He coordinated with the Mae Hong Son Non Formal Education Department and acquired the license needed to establish the Community Learning Center from the Governor of Mae Hong Son.
Most of the underprivileged youth living from these communities are unable to attend school due to poverty and resort to leaving their families and villages in search of work in the cities. They often marry early, work as domestic helpers or construction workers, and some even end up in the sex trade. Consequently, the incidence of drug abuse and the prevalence of HIV/AIDs increased within the communities. Hence, our community learning center serves as an opportunity for the disadvantaged youth to acquire the skills and education that can help them live a better life in the future. Successful graduates can bring back their newly acquired knowledge and expertise to their communities and spearhead initiatives and efforts to develop their communities.
Over the past few years, we have achieved numerous achievements and gained both national and international recognition for our efforts. The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center received the Best Practices Award from the Mae Hong Son Non Formal Education Department. We were also the winner of the UNESCO 2018 Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation. The Thailand Channel (ETV) and the Thai newspapers featured our community learning center too. We had a personal visit from the Ministry of Education, Thailand.
Our innovative program at the Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center organizes was created out of years of experience working with refugee, migrant, and underprivileged Thai youth alongside collaboration with our diverse network of partners. Our distinctive 2-year education program consists of English, Thai, Burmese, and Karenni language subjects. Our unique geographic location necessitates the learning of multiple languages for communication. We also provide classes in computer literacy, vocational training, community development, social and environmental issues, ethics, and life skills. The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center creates opportunities for our students to participate in community service and development projects for the different communities living along the Thai – Myanmar border. We provide internship opportunities for its students with local CBOs and NGOs. We organize workshops and meetings with Mae Hong Son Non Formal Education Department, the Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center student-parent committee and alumni, various organizations, and communities along the Thai–Myanmar border regularly.
Since the establishment of the Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center in 2004, it has become increasingly difficult to transport our students for field activities with the very few motorbikes of the staff. Most students just end up making the commute by feet. Moreover, it is also dangerous to travel via motorbike back and forth from the town after buying food and learning materials. It becomes riskier especially when the travel is done at night, nearby the jungle and along the dangerous roads.
Hence, we have become more aware of the need to have a car to carry out our daily activities. It will support us in running high quality education and capacity building programs for the disadvantaged youth as we can provide transportation for students, teachers and staff for both school activities and community development projects along the Thai-Myanmar border. We can also support our community leaders by helping them to transport villagers for community activities in other areas.
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center would like to purchase a truck that will allow us to transport our students for field assignments. The truck will serve as a mode of transportation when we procure learning materials and weekly produce and groceries for the community learning center. The truck will not only guarantee a more safer travel during the transport of students but will also greatly reduce travel time from one point to another.
Phornsawan Kitthanakhosit @ Rosie
Yohendran Nadar Arulthevan @ Yohen
Offsite Coordinator, Fundraising and Volunteer Manager