Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre

Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre

Project Details

Project:Educational Enablement: Food and medicine
Location:Ban Nai Soi village,
Sponsorship Started:2016
Budget: €15.919 ($17,452)
Total Beneficiaries:41
 students, teachers and volunteers


Founded in the spring of 2005, Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre (BNSCLC) provides secondary education, practical vocational skills, and community development skills to secondary school-aged Burmese refugees, ethnic minorities and the rural poor living in the Mae Hong Son Province area of Thailand.

The purpose of this project is to provide for the basic needs of the students in the most need. Without a provision of food and medicine, many of the poorest students would not be able to attend the learning centre and would be at increased risk for falling victim to exploitative labour.

The learning centre provides an avenue of greater opportunities and better chances in life for these disadvantaged youths.


The students at BNSCLC are part of a large population living outside of the refugee camps. Not being in the camps leaves the children without any access to secondary education as they don’t have the appropriate documentation that would give them access to government schools. This lack of educational opportunity leaves them with limited options.

BNSCLC provides quality education, meals, and dormitories for migrant and refugee children on the Thai-Burma border. This support comes to children and teenagers who would otherwise be required to find menial labour and find themselves at greater risk of exploitation.

BNSCLC has coordinated with the Mae Hong Son Provincial Informal Education Department to provide high school accredited education to these children and give them the opportunity to break away from poverty.

The public funding available to operate these informal schools is understandably low, almost non-existent. As such the centre has not had sufficient funds to buy enough food or medicine for the students. To cover the shortfall the staff that run the school have been using their own minimal salaries to fund this.

BNSCLC success, sustained efforts and innovative solutions were acknowledged and rewarded by UNESCO in 2018 when they won the Wenhui Award for Innovations in School, Family and Community Collobration for Quality Education.

Goals and Results

The goal of this project is to provide for the basic needs for the students at BNSCLC. Without this support, many would not be able to attend school and get an education.


  • Edwin Wierda | €25.000 | Dec 2019

What's Been Happening Recently

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The boys dormitory at the Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre (BNSCLC) is not just a place to sleep for the 13 students and 1 caretaker/teacher. It plays an important role in the "living and learning centre" ethos of the school, encouraging students to respect each other's rights, to be responsible for themselves and others, and to be able to get the most out of living at BNSCLC.

Unfortunately, that doesn't amount to much when the roof is so full of termites and rain damage that it is likely to collapse in the next big storm. Time for a new roof, and as soon as possible, before the rainy season starts!

Special thanks to Daniel Senicar and Michael Franklin from Bike Tour Asia for initiating this project, for their contributions and for their great efforts to see it realised!

Many thanks also to Trond and Sawee Arnstad, Jan Detlefsen, Miguel Gamito, Jonno Hiscook and Khun Angkana Pun-Ong for their contributions..
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With the travel restrictions recently lifted, one of our sponsors, Bike Tour Asia (BTA), a motorcycle tour company, visited one of the leadership training centres that we support.

They were impressed to see bright young people from underserved areas learning how to become 'Change Makers' for their communities. And they had the chance to visit the vegetable garden, which the students had created using the water supply project, which BTA bikers had supported.

For more information on Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center please see >>>

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Great project, thank you Philanthropy Connections to introduce us to this great initiative and for all your coordination support.

With the restrictions in travel recently lifted, we and visiting supporters are now able to travel to our projects again.

Last weekend we joined Bike Tour Asia on a trip to Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center to see how the water project they supported has been going.

We're glad to say they were impressed with the commitment and effort of the staff and students in the creating of a lush productive vegetable garden [as you can see from the photos it's more of a small farm].

Congratulations to everyone involved!

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