More than just places of learning, schools are a cornerstone of community life—as is certainly the case for the Phu Toey School in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi Province, which serves more than 70 students aged 4-11. Whether or not school is in session, the people of this small farming village use school grounds as a place to meet and socialize while their children enjoy playground facilities. “We want the school to be used as a center to draw both children and parents to get together,” says Khanh Truong, O.A.T.’s Regional General Manager in Southeast Asia.
The playground equipment, however, had fallen into disrepair, posing a potential safety hazard for the children. So during their annual community service event, Khanh and his team of office associates and Trip Experience Leaders spent a day renovating Phu Toey’s playground. Grand Circle Foundation, with the help of generous O.A.T. travelers, donated new equipment, including a swing set and merry-go-round; Khanh and his team provided the physical labor. Members of the community joined in as well, working to clear the area and prepare it for the installation of the new fixtures.
By the end of the day, the children of Phu Toey were enjoying their colorful new playground while the community mingled with the O.A.T. team. “With these new facilities,” says Khanh, “we hope to encourage more meetings and activities among community members, teachers, and children, to strengthen relationships and cooperation.”
Experience A Day in the Life of Phu Toey, and see firsthand what Grand Circle Foundation and Khanh’s team have done for the school, with O.A.T. during Discover Thailand. See how education and new labor opportunities are changing Thai culture in this short film: