managed by M. Shafer
Warm Heart is a grassroots organization that helps Thai villagers in the remote northern district of Phrao, Chiang Mai Province. We organize community projects that provide access to improved education and basic health services, create jobs and sustainable incomes for the poorest in our community, and restore the environment so it will sustain future generations. Warm Heart is not a charity. Our programs address acute needs by helping people help themselves using locally available resources.
Since we opened in July 2008, Warm Heart’s philosophy and programs have made an impact. Our Children’s Homes permit more than 30 Hill Tribe children to attend school; our Hill Tribe Head Start program prepares 3 to 5 year olds in remote Akha villages to attend Thai schools, our Microenterprise Project pays high dividends to local artisans; water projects provide clean water daily to more than 4,500 people; 1,450 pregnant and nursing women and their children receive vitamins daily from Warm Heart, the Warm Heart Community Center in Hoi Sai provides the only Day Program for the Elderly and Disabled in the district of Phrao; and our integreated community development project is teaching Hill Tribe villages to grow coffee while restoring watershed and reforesting mountains.
Warm Heart is deeply rooted in Thailand, and global in its outlook. Our Thai staff of twenty is permanent and local; our international volunteers, 10 to 12 at a time, are of all ages, from all walks of life and from all over the world. Warm Heart is a seamless partnership of two legal organizations: Warm Heart Worldwide, Inc., an American 501.c.3 nonprofit incorporated in the State of New Jersey, EIN 26-2059241, and the Warm Heart Foundation, an incorporated Thai foundation registered with the Ministry of Interior.
This organisation cooperates with the Maecenata Foundation:
These funds will be used to send disadvantaged girls to high school and college/university. We now have twelve (12) girls in college and it will be some time before any of them graduate and are settled in jobs that will enable them to pay back the cost of university and help additional girls. The girls are studying environmental sciences, nursing, public administration, and tourism. These are all fields that have job openings. We need to get them through school and help them find jobs. Warm Heart has been in operation for 11 years and the Children's Home has been open for 10 years. Our students are staying in school and graduating from 9th grade (costs go up each year, so the drop-out rate is highest after 6th and 9th grades) and now 12th grade. Without a high school education, the students will be limited to day-labor jobs. Graduation from high school will get them some clerk positions, but they need higher education to have careers and compete in a competitive economy.