The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) collects clothes once a year for the purpose of donating them to people in need. In 2015, they contacted us with the request to help coordinate finding communities with a real need for this support.
In November 2021 support switched to meet the urgent needs passed to us by an old project partner of the Huai Muang School in Mae Na Wang, Mae Ai. So with the help of supporters, donors, the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) and a great delivery man, aka Dylan Thomason, the president of CMIRC, over 725 kg of sweaters, jackets, shoes, toys and medicine were delivered to the school near the Thai-Myanmar border.
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. CMIRC kindly agreed to our proposal, and between PCF and CMIRC we made three trips to the camp (in 2015) to deliver a great amount of good quality clothing.
The need for these donations, especially in the winter time, was clear, as winter temperatures in the area reach well below 10° C (50° F). Unfortunately for many of the projects we support in rural Thailand, buying winter clothing is not possible, as many struggle to support themselves on a limited income.
This support continued in 2016 with another round of donations, this time to Ban Pa Sug and Ban Ho Na village (these are both ethnic minority communities in northern Thailand). Both of these villages were suggested by Sai Leng, who is the camp leader at KJSRC.
In 2017, the donations from CMIRC expanded, with more clothes going to KJSRC, as well as our partners Mary Sweet Home Orphanage, Kids Ark and the Foundation for Applied Linguistics.
Goals and Results
Thanks to the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club’s (CMIRC) clothing donation we were able to provide camp residents with warm clothing for the region’s chilling winters. In 2015, PCF made two trips and CMIRC made one trip up to the camp to deliver the much-needed clothing to the residents.
From 2015 – 2017, the clothing donations from CMIRC have reached four of our projects: Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp, Mary Sweet Home Orphanage, Kids Ark and the Foundation for Applied Linguistics.