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:
Through March 2020 we funded 19 girls in higher education. Five graduated from university and additional girls have started high school. There was a six weeks delay in the start of the school year due to the COVID 19 lockdown, but tuitions needed to be paid and some classes started up remotely. With the new school year, starting July 1, these funds will be used to help cover our monthly cost for 15 girls. Higher education at the university level costs from Eur 3000 to Eur 5000 per year (per student) living and tuition expenses). High school students lose government subsidies for meals, exams, uniforms, and pay an additional Eur 1000 per year.