Northeastern Thailand -- known as Isaan -- is the Appalachia of Thailand.
While parents work in the fields planting rice or cutting cane (for about $9/day), their children go to poor schools with wooden benches and tin roofs. One of the schools near my home is so underfunded that the typical daily lunch consists of nothing more than a cup of water and a scoop of noodles.
Since 2015, I've been microfinancing Isaan businesses, one of which is a bakery. Last spring, I hired my bakery to cater lunches to the nearby school. The program has been a huge success. The children are thrilled to get hot meals with chicken, fish or pork, rice, vegetables, fruit, and sometimes a muffin for dessert.
There are 113 students and teachers at the Khook Sa Elementary School. The bakery can feed everyone for about $40, which is 35 cents per meal per person. The food is delicious, of course. It's no surprise that average student attendance is now 99%. To see lots of photos of the school, the cafeteria and the students, click HERE
For a donation of $40, you can feed the entire school for a day.
With your donation, you'll also be employing three single mothers who work at the bakery -- who would be working at bars in Bangkok if they didn't have a job at the bakery.
For your donation, the students and I thank you. If you are ever in north central Thailand, you are invited to a delicious Thai lunch at the school. You will be warmly welcomed by everyone!
(Note: There are no administrative costs associated with your donation. Except for the 2.9% fee that your credit card company will charge, every single dollar donated will go directly to feeding the children and the teachers.)
for a google satellite view of the lunchroom's location.