Projects form the essence of Philanthropy Connections. Our team is dedicated to bringing expertise, funding and hope to people living in poverty in our target area. Since 2011 we have supported over 70 projects benefiting more than 20.000 people.
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Currently we are involved in 27 active projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Burma and constantly investigate new ones. These are not big, well-known initiatives that can rely on a well-established network of international aid organisations. We actively search for projects that normally would remain invisible to potential donors. This is a barrier we help them to overcome.
The scope of our projects ranges from education to housing, health care, child care and other urgent needs. Project needs differ because not all communities face the same problems. If we would focus on only one area of aid, we would be blind to other urgent needs within a community.
Our goal is to effectively help in fields where help is really needed and to adapt our support to address the problems at hand.
Every potential project is screened during a period of thorough research and investigation to ensure it meets our criteria for project effectiveness, cost-efficiency, reliability/trustworthiness, and principles of non-discrimination and equality.
For projects that meet our criteria we will seek funding. Our strict procedures guarantee sponsors that we make their funds count and are used in the way they intended.
We remain closely in touch with all project leaders and make regular project visits. We actively stay involved in our projects and keep everyone informed through project reports, newsletters, website updates and social media.
From time to time we connect our partners or communities in need with resources or support that don’t always constitute a project or long-term sponsorship. Sometimes fulfilling a need is as simple as a facebook post and making a quick connection. A list of these facilitation or small help project can be found below.
– Mickey Mouse lamps for TVLC
– Garden seeds for BNSCLC
– Garden seeds for MSHO
– Printer for TVLC
– Laptop for KAKO scholarship student, Dok Srei-ny
– Recommendation letter for Yadanar Scholarship
– Scholarship for Khaing Tha Zi’s sister
– Pancake Adventure trip to KJSRC
– Job application coaching
Preparing families in the mountainous villages in northern Thailand for the winter season by providing packages with warm clothes and blankets.Full Details
In 2014, Dutch foundation 'The Flying Nuns' donated funds to a number of KAKO projects. The donation helped fund the installation of three toilets and four wells, home renovations for a poor family and the purchase of water filters, library books and school supplies.Full Details
The university scholarship programme supports secondary school scholarship students who want to continue with their studies after graduation. The programme covers the costs of school tuition, school uniforms, stationery, textbooks and food.Full Details
The RICD Wheelchair Project provides and adapts wheelchairs and mobility aids to meet the specific requirements of each individual. In 2014 the tools the Wheelchair Project staff used to maintain and modify the wheelchairs were more than a decade old and worn out.Full Details
An ongoing project that focuses on building toilets and improving the sanitation conditions in poor, remote villages surrounding Siem Reap.Full Details
Because of the extent of our support to KAKO, we have taken on the overall administrative support of their operations. KAKO provides education, health care, sanitation and much more to thousands of some of rural Cambodians. We are happy to provide this support to KAKO so they do not have financial instability.Full Details
New Blood School provides educational opportunities for children of migrant workers and a safe home for 200 students. We facilitated two visits to the project with one of our sponsors and he committed to supporting urgent needs of the project.Full Details
Shan scholarship students are supported with supplementary scholarships that cover their basic living costs such as clothing, hygienic needs and food. With the aid of academic and supplementary scholarships students have a better chance of succeeding in school, improving their livelihoods and helping their communities.Full Details
Stung Preah Srok Preschool in Siem Reap Province suffered a decline in the quality of the services provided to its students. We helped by funding teacher trainings, the reintroduction of basic healthcare and nutritional supplements and an extra class to end overcrowding.Full Details
In Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp the leadership set up English classes to increase the opportunities for the children in the community once they are able to leave the camp. A small stipend for the teachers secures the continuity of this important programme.Full Details
A young child slipped on the wet and muddy stairs at the Tomato Village Learning Center. Fortunately this time nothing serious happened. We wanted to prevent this from happening again in the future, with even worse consequences. An informal chat with one of our donors led to the sponsoring of a completely new staircase.Full Details
Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp is seen as a "temporary" home to Burmese migrants and electricity is only provided to public spaces. Solar panels on the huts had deteriorated and only provided 20 minutes of light and an upgrade was urgently needed.Full Details
The Thai government sees Koung Jor Shan Refugee camp as a temporary solution and electricity is only supplied to public areas of the camp. We were able to provide six families with solar panels for their huts, so they could continue with their activities at night.Full Details
In seven remote villages in Siem Reap province, libraries have been established to help the adults and children practice their reading and writing skills. The libraries provide books, magazines and daily newspapers to help the people stay informed.Full Details
A secondary school scholarship programme that gives students from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to complete their education, and open the door to better-paying jobs that would have previously been harder – if not impossible – to qualify for.Full Details
Education is so important to help break the cycle of poverty, but unfortunately for many in rural Thailand, getting that education has many barriers - and that is usually the cost. Thanks to Learning Compass and several private sponsors, we are able to provide important scholarships to two aspiring and dedicated students.Full Details
The Toonpanya Foundation provides financial support to improve educational opportunities for children in need. We provided the funds for two students to bridge a year that was not yet covered for them.Full Details
A nursery with a leaking roof is no environment for children. Thanks to our sponsor, the Brodtbeck Philanthropy Foundation, and partnership with the Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN), we will ensure that the roof is renovated. The children and teachers at Koung Jor Nursery School will no longer have to worry about the rainy season or a leaking roof.Full Details
The RICD Wheelchair Project faced a serious challenge as staff depended on the availability of hospital vehicles to distribute wheelchairs to remote areas. We were able to secure funds to purchase a van that has been modified into a mobile work unit and now delivers wheelchairs and mobility aids throughout Thailand, parts of Laos, Burma and Malaysia.Full Details
Renovations to a refugee shelter improved the family’s living conditions and guaranteed that they could live in a dry, secure hut where the rainy season would no longer be a concern to them.Full Details
Arakanese Youth Network Society (AYNS) is committed to improving the education offered to children in Guwa, a poor fishing village on the Bay of Bengal. A priority in implementing their extensive plans is the renovation of a rundown school building.Full Details
In remote villages surrounding Siem Reap we are expanding educational opportunities available to preschoolers, preparing them for primary school and providing the chance to be a "child" instead of falling behind their peers.Full Details
The safe haven for parentless children, Mary Sweet Home orphanage in Piang Luang, northern Thailand has dedicated staff taking care of the children and providing them with a warm and supportive home. Our support provides a modest salary to enable them to do this work.Full Details
At our recommendation, one of our sponsors paid a visit to the Burma Children Medical Fund patient house and sparked his interest in supporting the various needs of the project.Full Details
An online Social Enterprise training course aimed to teach young people how to use the internet for study purposes, encourage them to think critically, develop their sense of social responsibility and convert all that into practical activities which benefit their communities.Full Details
The primary school of Kone Myint Thar Yor village in eastern Shan state educates 65 children from eight villages in the area. The old school building was in terrible shape. The safety of the children was in jeopardy. We built a new school building, so the 65 children can learn in a safe and stimulating environment.Full Details
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre offers great educational opportunities to migrant youth who have no access to ‘regular’ education. Thanks to our overall support they can welcome more eligible students. To accommodate them we built a new dormitory.Full Details
Medical facilities have been set up in the camps to provide care for refugees along the Thai-Burma border, but there is a vast lack of funds to purchase much needed equipment. We connected four clinics in need with an organisation that supports educational, healthcare and sanitation initiatives in Southeast Asia.Full Details
The boarding house inside Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp is home to displaced and orphaned Shan children. To meet their nutritional needs, and in response to the rising cost of food, a caregiver at the home approached us to discuss establishing a mushroom farm.Full Details
The Foundation for Applied Linguistics (FAL) supports the educational development for ethnic children in Thailand. They work with schools in remote villages in northern Thailand where minority children face huge difficulties due to a language gap between their local language and the Thai language used at school. FAL offers a specifically designed language programme targeted to improve the language skills of ethnic children.Full Details
Women in Burma have limited access to the labour market and employment opportunities are often restricted to low-skilled jobs with marginal wages. An opportunity to help groups of women with microfinancing empowers them to set up small businesses of their own.Full Details
Located near the Thai-Burma border, Loi Sarm Sip school educates children from kindergarten to primary school. This project provides for the basic educational needs, school running costs, teacher salaries, and one meal per day for the 27 students.Full Details
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre offers great educational opportunities to migrant youth who have no access to ‘regular’ education. The centre is dependent on external support. To make the project self-sustainable, we work together with them to develop their home made product ‘Karenni chilli paste’ and bring it to scale.Full Details
Intensive English Career Bridging Program is a one-year programme that includes a three-month internship, which was established to address the inequalities experienced by different ethnic groups in the Burmese border states. The programme targets talented young adults with leadership potential and a drive to promote change in their communities.Full Details
Mary Sweet Home Orphanage was in need of a hot shower system during the winter season, an office block for the teachers to have a space to prepare lessons and more. We connected the orphanage to one of our sponsors who funded these needs and agreed to fund additional needs.Full Details
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre offers great educational opportunities to migrant youth who have no access to ‘regular’ education. Occasional donations by individual donors were not sufficient to secure food, medicine and the much needed renovation of one of the dormitories. We came in to help.Full Details
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre offers great educational opportunities to migrant youth who have no access to ‘regular’ education. Without the provision of food and medicine, many of the poorest students would not be able to attend.Full Details
A large flood hit Chiang Mai which forced the caretakers and children of Bahn Ruam Jai, a safe haven, to evacuate to the second floor of the building for four days. We were able to help with the replacement and repair of damaged items to ensure that the children could continue living in a healthy environment.Full Details
This project aims to learn and identify the needs and challenges of the rural schools in the Ta Grah township in Karen State, Myanmar. The feasibility study will cover eight schools, 623 children and 40 teachers.Full Details
After two devastating earthquakes in Nepal we helped facilitate tax efficient donations that were used to construct emergency shelters for the affected communities.Full Details
Every year, Yig, Siouw and their friends, leave the centre where they are being cared for, to go day tripping. In 2011, this yearly outing was almost cancelled due to a € 100 (!) shortage. But when good friends of Philanthropy Connections found out about this, they immediately offered to pay for these costs.Full Details
An English language programme is running for orphans and children living in Piang Luang village. Students learn language skills that will give them the opportunity to further their education at a vocational training centre or tertiary institution and increase their job options.Full Details
Tomato Village Learning Center offers English lessons to children ages six to 18. Most of these children belong to Burmese migrant or ethnic minorities, which puts them at a disadvantaged position in society. Proficiency in the English language will give these children better job opportunities and with that comes improved livelihood options.Full Details
In October, food support was cut off by another aid organisation to more than 6.000 Shan refugees living in six different camps - including our partner, Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC). However, thanks to the continued generosity of our sponsors, especially the Brodtbeck Philanthropy Foundation, we are able to help out with the food shortage in KJSRC, by providing food as needed until funding is restored.Full Details
Bahn Ruam Jai, a safe haven to 40 children in dire need of support after its main sponsor stopped funding some of the expenses and the water pump broke. We were able to help and secure funding to replace the water pump and cover the most urgent needs.Full Details
Public areas inside the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp depend on electricity including the IT and English classrooms and street lights over the camp’s dirt roads. We were able to support the price increase ensuring the evening classes continued running and the dirt roads were well lit ensuring better safety for adults and children.Full Details
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre offers great educational opportunities to migrant youth who have no access to ‘regular’ education. One of the dormitories and the sanitary facilities were in dire need of an upgrade.Full Details
In 2015, after seeing a presentation of our work, the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) told us that they collect clothes once a year to donate and were interested in a project to support. Aware of the situation in Koung Jor, we proposed to CMIRC that they donate winter clothing to the camp. They have continued this kind of support to Koung Jor and many more of our partners every year since.Full Details
Philanthropy Connections identified a sponsor to fund the renovation of an old school building in the village of Huay Sai. The school has transformed into a centre where services are offered to people with a physical disability and senior citizens.Full Details
In 2015 the number of students that enrolled in the beginning English class at TVLC exceeded the classroom capacity, resulting in over 20 students squeezed into a small room. We secured funds from one of our sponsors to extend the classroom and fund their other urgent needs.Full Details
Two very young children, due to very unfortunate circumstances, lost the care of their parents. Mary Sweet Home Orphanage took them in and provides them with a loving and supportive home.Full Details
Two children with Down Syndrome, Yig (7) and Siouw (5) were growing up in a poor hill tribe community where proper care was inaccessible. They now live in the fitting and stimulating environment of a home for children with special needs. They live there with other children of the same age and with similar cognitive disabilities.Full Details
A one-year capacity building programme to teach women of ethnic minorities weaving skills and educate them on nutrition, health care, human rights and community service.Full Details
After taking in an extra 10 children, six of whom were boys, the dormitory for boys at Safe Haven Orphanage reached its capacity. Thanks to one of our sponsors the dormitory was extended ensuring that all 35 boys sleep in a safe and protected environment.Full Details
In April 2012 heavy rainfall badly damaged the roofs on the boys and girls dormitories. As a result water began leaking into the dormitories and the 21 children had to sleep in wet and unhealthy conditions. Thanks to one of our generous sponsors we were able to co-fund the renovations of both dormitories, ensuring that the children continued to live in a healthy environment.Full Details
The boarding house offers up to 20 children an environment that is as close to a normal family life as possible. They attend the local Thai school and learn English, Shan, Burmese and computer skills at the camp in the evenings.Full Details
80 Preschool students from 13 marginalised ethnic minority groups near Chiang Dao in northern Thailand saw the funding of their school drying up. We could avoid the closing of their school thanks to a generous sponsor.Full Details
The Baan Huay Hin Lad Nok Community School provides quality education to children in a rural village in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Their education programme combines formal education with local education methods, which helps to preserve the local traditions and provide useful knowledge relevant to the community. Our support provides for the operating costs, education materials and the funding for an income generating beekeeping project.Full Details
In 2011 heavy rains caused severe flooding in Cambodia which affected hundreds of thousands of families and many villages were in a state of emergency. We were able to help these families with emergency food and seeds for fast growing vegetables and rice.Full Details
Ah Shee was born prematurely at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot in western Thailand. She was very weak at birth and was born with clubfoot in both her feet. A four-year journey of medical treatment and surgery takes place to ensure Ah Shee can take her first steps.Full Details
The primary school at Kone Myint Thar Yor village educates 65 local children and seven other surrounding villages. We recently funded the construction of a new school building with our local partner, the Lahu Women Organisation. This project supported the additional needs of the school to further support the education of the village children.Full Details
Proficiency in English greatly benefits students when applying to tertiary educational institutions or for better job opportunities. Since 2011 five learning centres have opened in Burma and we have provided advice as needed.Full Details
The objectives of safe haven Bahn Ruam Jai are to provide shelter and a safe environment free from drugs and sexual abusel, promote informal and formal education, protect children’s human rights, encourage self-confidence and develop social skills.Full Details
60 scholarship students - some of the poorest children in Siem Reap province - would have lost their chance to go to school by 1st January 2017 because they lost their funding. We were able to guarantee the continuation of their education.Full Details
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