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3 March 2017

New School Building Captures the Hearts of Omkoi Hill Tribe Children (Read in Thai)


Ms Vicky Wong, a representative of Kurt Kiet Brothers Co., Ltd (Hong Kong) together with Mr Kong Mangkornkarn, General Manager and Executive Director of Thai Nam Plastic (Public) Co., Ltd and Mrs Chitra Thumborisuth, National Director of World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) recently travelled to Baan Soplarn School in Omkoi district, Chiang Mai province to hand over a new school building and school supplies to students. Welcoming the guests were Mr Jirayu Yongpetch, Senior Assistant District Chief Officer of Omkoi and Mr Anan Intarueng, Chief Executive of the Yang Piang Sub-district Administrative Organisation along with the teachers, students and villagers.

Baan Soplarn School is small in size, occupying an 8-rai land up on a remote mountain. The school is situated 30 km from Omkoi district, requiring 1.5 hours of travelling time on dirt roads. Currently the school has 138 students from kindergarten to grade 6 who are of Karen Paka Ker Yau hill tribe ethnicity.

“The former school building was in use for more than 30 years. It was built with wood and was in a dilapidated condition, which is dangerous for students,” explained Mr Pisitpong Chaikaeo, the School Director.

As such, Kurt Kiet Brothers allocated a budget for the construction of a new school building through WVFT. The new building will accommodate more classrooms and will also become a learning centre, which will further expand the educational opportunities and enhance the potential of underprivileged students. Additionally, the building is intended as a memorial to Kurt Kiet Brothers’ founder, Mr Kiet Mangkornkarn. The new 2-storey structure consists of 4 classrooms for grade 1, 4, 5 and 6 students. The space underneath the building is a common area for organising activities for students and community people. Some 4 latrines for girls were also constructed.

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On this collaborative project, Mr Kong said, “I represent my father who has passed away and I’m glad to see this school building was successfully built. I heard that the delivery of building materials was not easy. From acquiring a pillar and concrete slabs to laying down the roofing until they all form into a building was not easy. I hope this building will benefit the children and make them happy.”


“Thank you Kurt Kiet Brothers in Hong Kong very much. I trust this building will not only benefit this generation of children, but will also benefit future generation of students,” said Mrs Chitra.


Their eyes sparkling and the smiles stretched wide across their faces, the children of the highland reveal their joy at the sight of a new school building towering in the school compound.