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Phuket foundations laid for migrant school

PHUKET: The foundations for a new school in the impoverished Rassada fishing village, built by the Good Shepherd Foundation, was blessed by local Catholic priest Father Kittapas on January 30.

Monday 18 February 2013, 11:14AM

Local children, many of whom will attend the school, were present during the ceremony to place coins within the foundations, and to make wishes about what they want to be when they grow up.

Since the land was purchased in November 2012, the Good Shepherd Foundation has managed to source construction managers, engineers and architects who are all working on a voluntary basis.

In addition, through donations made by Phuket-based charities, the Indigo Pearl Resort, and from overseas, more than B5.2 million has been raised to help build the school in the community.

Much of it has been done by former London Stock Exchange employee Quintin Clover, who is in charge of fundraising and progression of the project.

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Mr Clover said, “This building will be a safe learning environment for 150 underprivileged Burmese immigrant children, who have been at significant risk of human trafficking and sexual abuse.”

In March 2012, Clover and six friends organised a charitable stand up paddle around Phuket, from which they raised B1.8 million in funds. He has gone on to raise a further B3.4 million since.

With donations still needed to ensure the school is built, the fundraising continues – updates on funds required and progress made can be viewed at: theschoolphuket.weebly.com

If you would like to help in any way, contact quintin@standupprojects.com

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