Ambassadors’ wives donate 330,000 to Y.W.C.A., help launch farming initiative

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The wives of the Japanese and Australian ambassadors to Thailand donated 330,000 baht to the Y.W.C.A. Bangkok-Pattaya Center and helped kick off the charity’s agricultural initiative that will see area schools grow more of their own food.

Tami Kojima from Japan and Teresa Wise from Australia presented their donation July 25 on behalf of the Ambassadors’ Wives Club, which pledged to support another year of Y.W.C.A. projects. They were welcomed by Y.W.C.A. Pattaya Chairwoman Nittaya Patimasongkroh and Bangkok chapter head, Dharat Pitaksit.

(L to R) Teresa Wise, Tami Kojima, Noorirat Noparatnaraporn and Dharat Pitaksit visit the School for the Blind in Pattaya.(L to R) Teresa Wise, Tami Kojima, Noorirat Noparatnaraporn and Dharat Pitaksit visit the School for the Blind in Pattaya.

Following the presentation, the two dignitaries joined Y.W.C.A. members from Bangkok and Pattaya at Pong Sa-Khet School, where the group had funded a new fish farm and mushroom-cultivation hut to boost the students’ menus. The school also started a small-scale farming operation to raise plans and chickens.

The Y.W.C.A. also used the occasion to present scholarships to seven students before providing lunch for all.

Following the meal, the group ventured to the Redemptorist School for the Blind, where Y.W.C.A. officials donated all the ingredients needed for that facility to begin its own agricultural program.

Some ladies from the YWCA pose with Hilton’s general manager, Harald Feurstein. Next to him on the right stands Pattaya’s YWCA president, Nittaya Patimasongkroh.Some ladies from the YWCA pose with Hilton’s general manager, Harald Feurstein. Next to him on the right stands Pattaya’s YWCA president, Nittaya Patimasongkroh.

The Y.W.C.A. presents scholarships to several students.The Y.W.C.A. presents scholarships to several students.