Posted by Dr Peter Harris on Nov 17, 2017
 The President of Rotary Mr Andy Becker, the Mayor of the Patong Municipal Council Ms Chalermluck Kebsab, Director of Ban Sainamyen Municipality School Mr Suthas Vorasi  and Acting Director Patong Municipal Kindergarten  Ms Sarinthip Watcharit signed an MOU which transferred the ownership of 9 Reverse Osmosis Water Vending machines to the Patong Council.
 
 The MOU obliges the Patong Council to regularly check the machines and register in the maintenance book as well as accepting responsibility to repair and fix any machine beyond the service agreement.
This project was funded at a cost of 1,185,840 Baht and funded through a global grant funded by RI, districts 2500 and 3330 and the Nakashibetso and Kushiro RC as well as our own RCoPB
The Ban Sainamyen School is now in a brand new building with brand new toilets and new grounds being developed. They still lack many resources and maybe the future we can help support an English language centre.
 
This project is based within the responsibility of the Patong Council Phuket Thailand. The town which was severely affected by the tsunami has grown rapidly to cater for the tourism but the infrastructure has not been able to respond. Water and Waste management is the most important issue. The local river which discharges into the sea is full of toxins. The town supply is of poor quality and drinking water as such has to be purchased in 1 gallon plastic jars. The provision of the pure drinking water system is part of a more comprehensive plan on community health and well being
This project recognizes that water and sanitation is fundamental to community health through the provision of safe affordable water for personal and domestic use. There is a local concern that local toxins (including human waste) permeate the local water. The schools with poor sanitation and poor water supply are of high risk from infections and exposure to contaminants. This may well have a prejudicial impact on girls
This project now connects with 2 kindergartens, one primary school, and two secondary schools and “Happy Home” The total number of students is 3500. The overall project aims to change behaviors of children between 3 to16 in relation to basic provision of water, sanitation and hygiene as the process of hand washing etc.is integrated into the daily lives of children it will become part of family life.
 
 
 The Ban Sainamyen School is now in a brand new building with brand new toilets and and new grounds being developed. They still lack many resources and maybe the future we can help support an English language centre.
 
As part of our clubs desire to support the local community the Tsunami Scholarship Fund provided 20 scholarships of 2,000 baht for books and materials and gave a scholarship of 8,000 Baht to an outstanding student. This was kindly donated by Jonathon’s mum Rosie Burns (Our committee encourages all Rotarians to donate a scholarship in memory of their mothers.) 
 
There were many representatives at the meeting from the local police and environment action groups. The school wishes to be seen as an international school with a strong focus on sustainability
 
The director, staff and students have been exceptional in their engagement with our club and we thank Songkran Kognmuang (Jimmie) for all his energy in making this a success 
 
 
 
 
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