Your small change could make a big change to someone’s life. The Baht for a Better Life Project was started by Amari in 1995. Small change, contributed by guests to our hotels and donations from our staff, are used to further the education of children in Thailand. There are no administrative costs in running Baht for a Better Life. Therefore, every dollar, pound and euro given to the fund is used for educational projects.
At present, we support two different initiatives - the Duang Prateep Foundation and the Amari Schools Project. The Duang Prateep Foundation supports the children from an under-privileged area of Bangkok and their families. In this area, poverty prevents the majority of children from completing even basic education. Through the project, we can support children who are especially hardworking and determined to continue their studies, despite the odds being against them.
Funds from Baht for a Better Life have also been used to rebuild a dilapidated school in Na Chompoo, Udon Thani and build ten new schools in Doi Angkhang near Chiang Mai, Chumporn in the South of Thailand, Benjama in Chiang Mai, Baan Changlang in Trang, Baan Na Nok Peed in Loei, Baan Klong Waai in Surat Thani, Chum Chon Paa Yaa Kaa in Ubon Ratchathani, Tak province on the border with Burma and Baan Pong Com in Suphanburi and Wat Sri Muang Am Toddler Care Centre, Khon Khen. As well as building the classroom, donations have been used to buy essentials such as desks, chairs, blackboards, books and pencils.
In addition, some of our guests have decided to give larger donations. US$ 250 will pay for a child’s school fees and necessities such as books, uniform and lunch for one year. Many of these children have ambitions to become teachers or nurses, so that they can put the skills, which they have been lucky enough to learn, back into the benefit of their community.