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May 13, 2019

Fantastic news and a little bit of gosh darn!

Our first Farmer's Cooperative is fully funded!

A huge thank you, YOU helped make this happen!

Our project is underway! 

Momentum is picking up, our Project Manager, Aom Kwanpirom Suksri, has moved on site and has officially begun organization of our first farmer biochar cooperative. Our goal is to set up a replicable model and help establish 9 more co-ops. We are on our way to funding a second co-op.

Aom was instrumental in the success of our preliminary Mae Chaem project in 2017. From teaching farmers how to make biochar ovens to overseeing the whole project, Aom helped lead farmers to make 150 tons of biochar.

Aom is totally dedicated to biochar and community development. Follow her on Facebook (links below) 

As far as the gosh darn news, we held 2nd place in the Climate Fund Challenge up until the last few hours, when we dropped to third. Big thanks to everyone who helped pull in last minute donations to try and hang on to that coveted 2nd Place.

All is not lost yet. GlobalGiving will be choosing 4 Projects from the top 20 to join #1 and 2 in the year long Climate Fund project. SO we are keeping our fingers crossed!

We are so excited to start this project, may it be the first step in bringing about real change in the Agricultural practice of open field burning. We invite you to take this journey with us!

Evelind and Michael

P.S. Want to continue to have a big impact on the success of this project? Choose an amount, $10, $15, $25, set it up as a recurring donation, and in the 4th month GlobalGiving will match your donation!

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May 13, 2019

Waiting for the Rain

Our Young Smart Farmers are anxiously awaiting the rains so they can begin to plant the next crops. Each child has his/her own plot of land with their name on it. Every single child living at Warm Heart is involved and excited about their organic gardens.

How they work their plots is up to them. Some may work in teams and share the work of their combined plots, others will choose to work individually. 

When the time comes to reap their labor of love we will be ready for them!

Our new kitchen project is almost completed. The last stage is to finish the "cooler" rooms. They are both framed and ready for insulation. One will be used to store rice, the second room will be for storing fresh vegetables and other perishables.

We sincerely appreciate everyone's help to make this dream a reality. We are very close to completely funding the project!

If the rains don't come soon, we may have to organize a community wide rain dance!

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Apr 28, 2019

A Real Success Story!

Nit Graduation
Nit Graduation

Nit has always been one of our superstars and an inspiration to all the girls at Warm Heart.

She just graduated from a University in Bangkok. Prior to graduation, she was unsure about what her next step would be, how would she go about finding a job after graduation?

Fortunately, Debbie, a volunteer who was staying with us here at Warm Heart, was able to counsel her and give advice on how to go about finding a job. We realized this was something every single one of our girls would need help with, so Debbie created a wonderful guideline for the girls.

Following Debbie's advice, Nit was able to secure a wonderful opportunity in Chiang Mai to launch her career. She will be working for a non-profit as a Social Worker, her clients will be children that live at construction sites.

Nit is from the Karen Hill Tribe. In a recent interview, she was asked about how her Karen background affects her living in Thai culture. She said at first she did not feel like she fit in with either Karen or Thai. Now, however, she knows that she can fit in everywhere.

We are very proud of Nit and her accomplishments. We have 12 more girls currently pursuing careers through higher education.

The girls are studying environmental sciences, nutrition, public administration, marketing, and tourism. These are all fields that have job openings. We need to get them through school and help them launch their careers.

Our next rising superstar is Tanqua, who has overcome great adversity in her young life and is now pursuing a career in Nursing. After graduating from High School in 2018, she is now studying at Asia Pacific International University School of Nursing in Bangkok.

Thank you for helping these young girls reach for their dreams through the opportunity of higher education.

Tangua, our rising superstar!
Tangua, our rising superstar!

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