The Heart of Giving is another project created by World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) with the goal of nurturing ‘the habit of giving’ in Thai children and youth. The activity asks students to save their money and donate it to help poor children, families and communities. When The Heart of Giving was first launched in 2008, only 20 schools took part in the initiative. Now held consecutively for the 9th year, the activity sees an increase in the number of participating schools to 84.
In recognition of the school’s participation in The Heart of Giving project throughout the 2016 academic year, WVFT held a ceremony to present plaques and certificates to the schools and their teachers at the WVFT Training Centre on 3 February, 2017. WVFT thanked and commended all the schools for being good role models in bolstering children’s morality and ethics. Mrs Yupa Rachu, a specialist from Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC) presided over the ceremony, with Mr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, WVFT’s Deputy Director giving guests a warm welcome.
Mr Sarawut Rachasrimuang said, “In its 9th year, The Heart of Giving brings good wishes from children living in the big city to children in remote areas, helping to improve their quality of lives. All donations raised by students from each school are combined to sponsor 286 impoverished children through WVFT’s ‘Child Sponsorship Programme’. Parts of the donations are also converted into 33,142 morning meals for children in the ‘Breakfast for Kids Project.’ On behalf of WVFT, thank you every one for your generosity.” Ms Yupa Rachu complimented every school, saying, “The Heart of Giving is instilling the spirit of giving into the children’s hearts. Most importantly, it’s about giving according to their means, where small donations come together into a large sum. This is sufficiency.”
Teacher Patye Songwong, Director of Asokewit Onnuj School explained what the school and students received from this project. “It has been 9 years since the school joined The Heart of Giving. We’ve seen tangible results of our donations through the pictures and letters written by our sponsored children. Our students are happy that they’re playing a role in giving society and underprivileged children the much-needed opportunities. I’ve seen changes in students who have learned to be generous, kind and to give when they have some to spare. It is one way of teaching students. At the same time, this is also teaching students to save.”
Despite turning timid when confronted by strangers, 9 year-old Parisa ‘Yeewa’ Mattayawikorn who is studying in grade 4 at Chamnongvidhaya School revealed the happiness she gained from giving. She revealed, “I’m glad to have helped other people. I would like to invite everyone to come and donate money to help children in need through The Heart of Giving project.”