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Meet Cafe, just one girl with special needs who is not able to go to a normal village school in Thailand.
But she can go to a special school: if there is a sponsor for her school bus, medical care and educational expenses!

The Thai Child Development Foundation (TCDF) is a small foundation with a Special School for children with special needs. TCDF is hidden in the jungle of Paksong village, close to coastal border town Ranong, Thailand.

At TCDF children like Cafe get the medical care and education they need. There is a school car that picks up all the children in need in all the surrounding mountain villages! And brings them to the forest school where they focus on:

  • Daily life skills
  • Physical therapy
  • Basic education
  • Occupational training

Al these programs are aimed to support and enable the children to take care of themselves as much as possible when they grow up.

Even though Thailand is a fast developing country- and medical care and education are quite well organized- there is little to no support for children and people with disabilities, especially in rural areas.

For more than a decade TCDF has successfully been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children in need of medical care and education. But due to lack of funds for the next term the school might have to close.

And Cafe might be sent home....unless this last call out works, with your help!

So we are reaching out to your hearts and asking you to donate at this "all or nothing" chance for the school.

Running the Special School for a full years costs $30.000, the time expected to become fully self-sufficient on a local level is 2-3 years. 

In the meantime the villagers, parents and team of TCDF have invested in creating self generating income with a big organic farm en by welcoming visitors to the farm & community Learning Center. They have planted hundreds of trees, are running a mushroom, chicken, fish and vegetable farm, opened a health food restaurant and there are riverside bungalows where visitors can stay. 

100% of the profit of all these initiatives go towards the forest school in order to become sustainable on a local level, not only for food, also for finance so the school has a future and..... so do Cafe and her friends!

At this point in time incoming funds are not sufficient jet to keep the school open. To make sure that in the upcoming next school year- starting after the holiday in March-TCDF can continue supporting children in need, we ask for your help.  

And more so we kindly ask you to please also share this call for help to anyone you know who might like to support this small, honest and already proven life changing initiative, like you do. Thank you for your consideration and support.

Good to know:

  • TCDF has been changing the lives of hundreds of children for more than ten years: it works!
  • At TCDF 100% of donations are used for the children in terms of medical care and education and never used for overhead costs such as management, marketing, big offices in the city and so on.
  • Only local people have a (fair, local) salary and only they work with the children in order to assure a safe, long term relationship.
  • TCDF has no religious or political motivations and welcomes all people.
  • Finances are exact to the cent and completely open to the public.
  • You can always contact the founding director by email with any questions, remarks and ideas.
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