A respected children’s charity supported by Monroe Consulting Group Thailand is today departing on yet another relief operation, this time to aid desperately poor children in refugee camps in the north of the country.
The Gift of Happiness Foundation confirmed that it will be taking two truckloads of essentials to more than 1,000 children, with another supply trip planned for Christmas Day.
The Foundation is led by professional circus performer Eddie Haworth, who, in additional to the delivery of donated essentials, delivers smiles to the camps he visits with his slap-stick clown performances.
Monroe Thailand, an international award-winning executive recruitment company, recently committed to providing ongoing funding for the Foundation, and purchased a new truck to double the amount of aid that could be delivered to groups of marginalised children throughout the country, from the slums of Bangkok to the northern refugee camps.
Eddie said the refugee communities had established migrant learning centres that were not accredited by the Thai government and relied on external funding to help educate about 18,000 students. “This, coupled with decreasing support for displaced communities in Thailand in recent years, has made the learning centres increasingly unstable.”
He said the Gift of Happiness Foundation was just one of many small non-governmental organisation that supported the learning centres, mainly in Tak Province, since 2005. “And as a well-established support organization we have now gained the respect of large organizations like UNICEF and the Charities Aid Foundation of America.”