VSO Thailand granted Royal Audience at Grand Palace
On 11 August, VSO Thailand staff and guests were granted audience with the Thai Royal Family and received permission to co-host the royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a rare opportunity given to well-respected organisations in the country. His Majesty King Bhumibol had been the world’s longest-reigning monarch who was loved and revered as father of the nation for several decades. The royal funerary ritual took place at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.
“King Bhumibol Adulyadej was one of the most respected figures in Thai history who initiated an astounding number of projects that significantly developed the country. VSO is grateful by his dedication and is proud and honoured to continue the development work in Thailand by bringing about change through our mission of fighting world poverty. VSO mourns the loss of a great leader and father of the nation together with millions of Thai people,” said Hattaya Wongsaengpaiboon, VSO Thailand Country Manager.
Milestones of VSO in Thailand
- Present in Thailand since 1961,
- Home to 959 international volunteers, one of the highest numbers in a country,
- VSO’s ‘Education for All’ programme along the Thai and Myanmar border helped children of displaced people receive inclusive and quality education,
- Evaluation report from the European Union (EU) praised “Education for All” programme from VSO as “a serious and thoughtful ‘best practice’ programme which has provided stability to migrants, hope to refugees, and quality collaboration between organisations,”
- VSO supports Thai Ministry of Education, directly benefitting over 370 government officials, teachers, youth workers and NGO staff members whose work is aiding between 100,000 and 300,000 migrant children of primary school age,
- During 2006 – 2013, VSO programmes on Thailand/Myanmar border had placed around 100 international volunteers from various professions with over 30 partner organisations, ranging from grassroots organisations to government ministries in Mae Hong Son, Tak, Kanchanaburi, Ranong, Phang Nga, Chiang Mai Provinces and Bangkok,
- VSO works with 17 ethnic women, youth and human rights partner organisations along Thailand/Myanmar border to support over 230,000 people in eastern Myanmar.