Repair flood damage to school dormitory in Thailand
Requested byPa-O Women's Union
Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?
The Pa-O Women’s Union (PWU) was founded in 1999 in order to educate and advocate for women of the Pa-O tribe in the southern Shan state of Myanmar. The organization promotes the rights of these women, and empowers them to participate in leadership positions in their society as equals with men. PWU is a member of Women’s League of Burma (WLB).
In 2010, the PWU founded the School for Pa-O Women in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. The school offers a one-year program in which ten young women learn English, computer and presentation skills, assertiveness, peace building, environmental stewardship, Burmese history and democratic principles. Graduates return to their villages to teach and participate in community affairs for at least a year after graduation. Upon completion of their community service, they become eligible to participate in PWU’s internship program and pursue advanced studies in Thailand or Burma.
This year’s rainy season resulted in considerable flood damage to the school’s dormitory. The roof leaked and the wet ground caused the wooden supports to rot and sustain termite damage, making the building virtually uninhabitable.
Students are currently living in makeshift conditions which are both unsafe and uncomfortable. They also lack the quiet privacy needed to complete their homework assignments and study for their exams.
One generous donor has agreed to fund some of the repair costs, but not nearly enough to bring the building to a safe, stable condition.
What is your project and how will it help?
The School for Pa-O Women must repair its school dormitory from the flood damage sustained during the unusually wet rainy season in Thailand this past year. We are seeking funds to complete this project, which includes reinforcing the foundation with concrete, providing a stronger tile floor, replacing water-damaged bamboo walls, windows and doors, replacing damaged electrical wiring and upgrading the grass roof to a metal or composite roof. We believe that these upgrades will protect the dormitory from future flooding for years to come.
How can other people partner with you on your project?
The 1% Fund of Volunteer Service Oversees (www.1percentfund.org), a previous donor to the school, has invited the PWU to apply for a grant. The fund offers a maximum grant of 20,000 Thai Baht (about $635). We need an additional 53,000 Thai Baht (about $1,685) in order to bring the building to a safe, stable condition. About 17,000 Thai Baht (about $540) is in carpenter fees, which could be covered by the 1% Fund grant; the remainder is materials which could be donated in-kind.
Please detail the resources that you need.
Please see attached detailed budget, which includes a list of materials and their quantities.
Foundation: 6,000 Thai Baht
Roof and roof supports: 23,600 Thai Baht
Floor: 7,750 Thai Baht
Walls, windows and doors: 16,300 Thai Baht
Electrical rewiring: 2,300 Thai Baht