The YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center and Rotary Club of the Eastern Seaboard brought healthy food and lowered expenses for the Fountain of Life Children’s Center with the donation of a mushroom-cultivation garden.
YWCA Chairwoman Praichit Jetpai hosted the Feb. 21 event at the Catholic-backed non-governmental organization and was joined by RCES President Nigel Quennell and Nicha Loychun, owner of the Nicha Clinic, and her staff.
Nigel Quennell and Praichit Jetpai cut the ribbon to officially launch the project, whilst Maggie Travis (2nd left), Russell Iffland (3rd left), Sister Kanyanee Tuanrussmee (4th right), and Nicha Loychun (2nd right), along with YWCA members, Fountain of Life staff and children cheer them on.
Fountain of Life is a day-care center for children at risk and provides education, health care, counseling, therapy, documentation and preparation for children to enter government school at 7 years old.
The 8-sq.-meter garden will let the center harvest mushrooms to use in a variety of meals from soup to vegetable stir-fry. Growing its own food will help the center lower its expenses, charity officials said.
The YWCA and Nicha also used the event to provide free health and dental checks to the 130 children, who also received medicine, when necessary, and lunch and toys.
Quennell also donated 10,000 baht for food and medicine to the center on behalf of the club.