YWCA spearheads drive to award 700,000 baht in scholarships

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Pattaya Sports Club tops list of donors with 195,000 baht

The YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center with the help of service clubs, associations and private citizens handed out more than 700,000 baht in scholarships to 329 students at 57 area schools and Pattaya’s 11 public schools.

Lanthip Dvadasin, President of YWCA of Bangkok presided over the Sept. 4 presentation ceremonies.

Dignitaries at the annual event were Sopin Thappajug, MD of Diana Group and respected elder and unswerving supporter of education for underprivileged children, Nittaya Patimasongkroh, Chairperson of the YWCA Happy Family Project, Praichit Jetpai, chairwoman of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center, Rattanachai Sutidechanai, Deputy Chair of the Pattaya City Council, Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn, President of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, Ratchada Chonjinda, director of Human help Network (HHN) and Pratheep Malhotra, President of the Pattaya Sports Club.

Lanthip Dvadasin, President of YWCA, Bangkok.

Stipends were made to needy pupils at 48 schools and 9 institutes, including 59 at Pattaya’s 11 public schools.

Another 172 scholarships were for pupils at 33 schools in the Chonburi Education Region 3, 80 in Region 18, six to the Pattaya Technical School and six to students at Sattahip Technical College.

Higher education scholarships went to two students at Burapha University, and one each to Mahidol Kanchanaburi University, Jomklaow Thonburi University, Ratchapat Ratchanakarin University and Naresuan University.

Sopin Thappajug, MD of Diana Group.

The grand total of all scholarships concerned was 708,700 baht, which was collected through charity fund raising activities, mainly through the Pattaya Sports Club, YWCA Bangkok & Bangkok-Pattaya Center, the Human Help Network Foundation (HHN), the Plauder Stunde, P&G Thailand Foundation, the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association and a large number of generous private citizens.

The scholarships were awarded as part of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center’s “Happy Family” program, which has run for 26 years with the goal of supporting underprivileged children who deserve proper education.

Nittaya Patimasongkroh, Chairperson of the YWCA Happy Family Project.

Each school is invited to provide a list of students doing well in class but need extra financial support. The YWCA uses money raised through charity events to fund the program.

Wirangrong Sangduan-gnam, a university student representing all 329 people who received the stipends, thanked the three groups for their donations. “I have been supported by the YWCA since I was in junior high and now I’ve got my bachelor’s degree … I’m sure that everybody has a dream that is similar, perhaps a bit different,” she said. “I was just another student who wanted to study hard and hoped that one day it will benefit my family. It is not easy to achieve things alone, but the love of my family kept me fighting. Later I was given an opportunity by the ‘Happy Family’ project to support me with scholarships for more than 10 years.”

“I have finished school and now I can pursue my dreams.”

Ratanachai Sutidechanai, Deputy Chair of the Pattaya City Council.

The Plaude Stunde represented by Elfi Seitz and Doris Berger-Peters present 20,000 baht for scholarships.

Wirangrong Sangduan-gnam thanked everyone for giving her the opportunity to further her education.

(l-r) Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn (PBTA), Noi Ennerson (PSC), Peter Malhotra (PSC), Elfi Seitz and Doris Berger-Peters (Plauder Stunde) presented scholarships to the students.

A thank you card presented by a little girl named Pisamon Kaenin to the Pattaya Sports Club thanking them for their kindness and promised to make the best use of her scholarship.

Praichit Jetpai, chairwoman of the YWCA receives 195,000 baht from the Pattaya Sports Club presented by President Peter Malhotra and Charity Chair Noi Emmerson.

Ratchada Chonjinda, director of Human help Network (HHN) Pattaya presents 30,000 baht for scholarships.