2 flood-damaged schools benefit from Austrian donations

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Two flood-damaged schools in Central Thailand were able to rebuild thanks to 80,000 baht in donations from Thailand’s Austrian community.

Consul Rudolf Hofer presented the funds, raised during October’s Austrian National Day festivities, to Y.W.C.A. Bangkok-Pattaya Center Chairwoman Praichit Jetapai and former Chairwoman Nittaya Patimasongkroh April 5.

(L to R) Nittaya Patimasongkroh, Marina Vogrin, Elfi Seitz, Consul Rudolf Hofer, Praichit Jetapai and Sriwanna Jitprasert during the presentation at the Austrian Consulate. (L to R) Nittaya Patimasongkroh, Marina Vogrin, Elfi Seitz, Consul Rudolf Hofer, Praichit Jetapai and Sriwanna Jitprasert during the presentation at the Austrian Consulate.

The Y.W.C.A. first forwarded the funds to Wat Ngwline School in Nakhon Pathom. The flooding destroyed its library, books and teaching materials. While the main school building has been repaired, an Austrian donation of 35,000 baht will help the school rebuild its library.

Ban Hauy-u-long School in Kanchanaburi received 45,000 baht to replace teaching materials lost during flooding that damaged the school. Rather than buy paper works and materials, Internet training was suggested and the Y.W.C.A. allocated funds to purchase five sets of equipment to get the rural youngsters online.

Hofer thanked the Y.W.C.A. officials for their help as well as Austrians who had opened their hearts and wallets.