Autistic Thai Foundation appeals for flood relief

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The Autistic Thai Foundation has been forced to suspend classes due to flood damage caused by last month’s tropical storm.

Supang Somrith, vice president of the special school on Sukhumvit Soi 64, appealed for help and donations Oct. 14 after acknowledging that it has been unable to teach its dozen pupils due to damage to classrooms, furniture and equipment.

Teaching materials, computer and other supplies also were destroyed by the raging waters from Vamco.

The foundation has been waiting for help from the government, but it has yet to arrive. Supang asked for public and private organizations to contribute cash and material to get the school’s doors open again.

No students in the school at present due to the flooding.

This is the second time that the centre has been hit by floods. In late 2011 when Sukhumvit Road was hit by the big floods the house along with all its contents were destroyed.

In May 2012 a group of Pattaya citizens including the ESC Group, Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, Pattaya Sports Club and the Pattaya Mail rallied together under the ‘Pattaya Relief Group’ banner gave their assistance by repairing and renovating the home.

This picture demonstrates how high the water was after tropical storm Vamco.

A team of workers was sent into the centre to refurbish the entire premises. Construction was quickly completed and with the Pattaya Relief Group’s funds the room was soon filled with a new white board and tools for helping develop autistic children’s muscular and physical skills, their communication abilities and me mory retention.

The Autistic Thai Foundation, shown here during the Vamco flood last month, is asking for donations of cash and materials to get the school’s doors open again.

The repairs covered all the details, including new toilets, air conditioning, fans and teaching materials.

Unfortunately all is lost now, washed away by the floods that severely hit Pattaya last month.

Pol. Col. Preecha Somrith, who is the president of the Thailand Autism Foundation (Pattaya Branch), said that the home was established in 2009 to help not only parents understand and learn about how to care for their special children but also to help train the children develop skills and abilities so that they can look after themselves as much as possible.

Khun Supang Somrith, Vice President of Autistic Thai Foundation, in front of the foundation after the flooding.

The home is located in Sukhumvit Soi 64, Tung Tawan Tong Village, Nongpure, Banglamung, Chonburi.

Please call Khun Supang at Tel. 087 025 3020 to offer your help. The autistic children really need you.