Prep raises money to assist fire victims

On the evening of 27th January 2017, the Bangkok slum of Klong Toei was devastated by a fire, though fortunately no-one was physically injured.

As a result of this blaze, 40 homes were destroyed and 73 families were affected. The cost to rebuild these homes was determined to be approximately THB100,000 each, excluding the cost to replace each family’s ruined housewares, furniture, and clothing. Bangkok Prep immediately began relief efforts for those affected by the inferno.

Families at the school began donating needed items in a school-wide collection. This outpouring of generosity inspired the families of Year 2 to put forth a group effort to further aid Klong Toei’s fire relief efforts.

Among the parents are Jonathan and Elise Fletcher, who work with Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH). UNOH workers live in some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in cities throughout the region, commit longterm to these communities, and advocate for those that live there.

The Fletchers live in the Klong Toei slum and, when asked, informed the Year 2 parents that the neighborhood was in need of cash donations for rebuilding efforts. Year 2 didn’t need to be told twice!

Just in time to make merit for Songkran, the families of Year 2 enthusiastically responded. The effort began to take on momentum, and soon families from Reception also began to donate. Over the course of two and half weeks, the combined efforts raised THB31,400! The money will be put directly to the Klong Toei community, where it is most needed.

Many thanks to all those who participated and assisted in this project.

“The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.” – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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