Community Development

In Thailand, we are partnering with a well-establish Thai non-profit organization, Education for Development Foundation (EDF) since late 2012, on an integrated development program in Songkhla which aims to build larger, more sustainable solutions for education and community development. The program provides scholarships to students most in need, improves school facilities, which also serve as community centers outside school hours, and offers long-term skills and capabilities training for students and the communities. The program which was extended into the Prachuap Kirikhan area in 2015 has benefitted so far over 35,000 students, teachers and community members.

"I love this project because it encourages schools to think for themselves, not just telling them what to do; it is different from other funders. The project shows a company that cares for other communities besides their direct stakeholders. It is not a company just giving money."

Vinij Gunpairor, deputy director of primary education service area, Songkhla.

Furthermore, in Thailand, we have funded career development and skills training for fishermen’s wives and support primary health care education and training in coastal communities since 2014.

In Indonesia, we are engaged with local fishermen from Majene in West Sulawesi since 2014 supporting the deployment of artificial fish aggregating devices and fishing lighting technology which open new fishing grounds and offer new income sources.