The Project Train the Trainers (Volunteers) on “Money and Wealth in the New Millennium”
The Foundation started a pilot project on savings called the “S.M.A.R.T. (short for Stewardship of Money And Responsibility toward Treasures) Scheme” aimed at instilling the habits of savings and wise spending for children and youths, about two and a half years ago. It was so successful that the adult volunteers called for an in-depth adult version of the “S.M.A.R.T. Scheme” for themselves. Thus the Foundation decided to do a seminar on the theme “Money and Wealth in the New Millennium” was organized from 21 – 23 March at the Petch Rim Tarn Resort, Phetburi. The 40 participating volunteers came from Bangkok and other provinces like Chonburi, Khon Kaen, Roi Et, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, etc
The topics discussed included emphasis on savings and the various creative means involved, living the sufficient life devoid of debts, and principles involved in buying insurance, etc. In a nutshell, the S.M.A.R.T. Scheme teaches one to GIVE, to SAVE and to SPEND wisely.
May, a volunteer who has been working with children and youths for more than 10 years said, " I will make it a point to save some money every month, even though my husband and I have to pay off a lot of debts, as I now see how important it is to save for a rainy day"
Pit said," Through this training, I have learned that I can afford to be sharing more in the "Give to Others" part of the SMART Scheme".
Participants left the seminar, determined to make changes in their lives, as they realize that being wise with their finances is actually a very "freeing" experience!
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