Mr Pongsak Preechawit, governor of Khon Kaen province handed plaques and certificates to 9 institutions in recognition of their participation in ‘The Heart of Giving’ project for academic year 2016. The certificates heralded the teachers and students from these Khon Kaen-based institutions for being ‘role models in the development and promotion of morality and ethics in students, instilling the mindset of sharing in children to help their peers from impoverished families’. In attendance were also Dr Sayan Phanoi, Director of Secondary Educational Service Area Office 25, Mr Supakit Sanusat, Director of Kham Kaen Nakhorn School and Mrs Chitra Thumborisuth, World Vision Foundation of Thailand’s (WVFT) National Director at Kham Kaen Nakhon School, Khon Kaen province recently.
“Launched by WVFT, ‘The Heart of Giving’ project has reached its 9th year. Its goal is to teach students about generosity by asking them to save up their money and sharing it to help other underprivileged children. For 2016, a total of 150 schools nationwide participated in the project, of which 84 are located in Bangkok while 66 are situated in other provinces. For Khon Kaen, The Heart of Giving has started for 2 years with 2,157 students from 9 institutions joining. All donations they raised this year went to sponsoring 318 children through WVFT’s ‘Child Sponsorship Programme’ and also supplied 35,000 morning meals to children in the ‘Breakfast for Kids’ project. A big thank you to the schools for playing a role in helping students learn about the importance of sharing,” enthused Mrs Chitra Thumborisuth, WVFT’s National Director.
Mrs Sudthiporn Chatathikhoon, Deputy Director of the Demonstration School Khon Kaen University’s kindergarten section articulated about the project’s benefits, saying, “Generosity and sharing should be highly encouraged in preschool children. They should be taught to understand that giving must be done in moderation as opposed to giving everything away. This will complement their learning about sufficiency in a practical way.” Her young pupils from kindergarten 2, namely Nod, Ton Khao and Pluem Mai teamed up to share their thoughts, saying, “We’re glad to have helped other people have food to eat and we’re happy.”
Another participant of The Heart of Giving project, Mr Kunakorn “Nos” Namrung who is now in his third year of vocational studies at Khon Kaen Technical College proudly stated, “I’m not well-off. I’ve to work part-time during term breaks and after classes to earn money to support my education. I share whatever little I can. I’d like to invite my friends to share and help one another as fellow human beings. If one has a lot, then one gives a lot but if one has little, then one spares a little according to one’s means. Everyone can do it.”
To the participating teachers and students, Mr Pongsak Preechawit, Khon Kaen province’s governor said, “Every young person here is helping to create a ‘Smart City’ for Khon Kaen and the country. Giving and sharing are the identities of humankind and will expose every moment in life to love, moderation and balance. This will create ‘Smart People’ whose good characters are steadfast and long-lasting.”
After all, The Heart of Giving is about small bits of sharing that can culminate to yield massive benefits.