June 2017
Pistorio Foundation Newsletter
Over 475 Students have attained a Professional School Degree
Over 45 Infrastructure Projects have been completed
Over 32 Village Communities have benefitted
For every 1$ donation, 1$ is devolved to projects benefitting children in need

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 Dear Friends,
We are pleased to announce that our 2016 Annual Report is now available on our website at the following link: Annual Report 2016
2016 has been a positive year for Pistorio Foundation. We have reinforced our support to underprivileged children in all intervention areas, allowing them to have access to education, basic health care and nutrition. The key idea behind our mission is that every child has not only the inalienable right to education but also to quality education, which enables them to maximize their own potential to the fullest and the benefits they can draw from the opportunity they are offered.
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YOU can deliver education and hope to children! Remember that the ocean is made up of drops, so no matter how small, every donation counts and every contribution is a step forwards towards improving the living conditions of underprivileged children.
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News from the Field

The entire team at Pistorio Foundation would like to express its deepest sorrow and condolences for the passing of Dr. Tosaphol Areenich, President of Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, and Chairman of the Board of the Pistorio Foundation Thailand.
Our organization has lost a strong supporter of children rights protection and a passionate advocate for this noble cause. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy, for all the time and commitment dedicated to share our common mission.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and his colleagues in Thailand. 

Dr. Tosaphol Areenich
From our Beneficiaries
Salma - Azrou, Morocco Back to School Project

"M y name is Salma OUGOUH, I quit school when I was in grade 9. I had failed for two years in a row: the first year, I didn't work hard, but the second year, I had tried to work harder but did not succeed. The third year, I made more efforts but was expelled. I felt that the school administration was not fair to me. My cousin told me about the Non Formal Education (NFE) program in Azrou Center which I joined last year and allowed me to continue my studies. The NFE school is different, it is more flexible, and has a canteen, which allows me to stay in school the whole day. In addition to the regular school classes such as Math, Arabic, and French, every Wednesday, Hafida teaches us sewing, tailoring, and embroidery while other school mates chose to learn techniques of wood engraving or electricity. I was also attending tutoring classes after lunch in the Center to take the official 9th grade exam and a volunteer was helping us once a week to improve our French and to read books in the library. I have made a lot of progress in my studies thanks to this opportunity and have been able to learn new vocational skills."

Wi sanu - Chiang Rai Village Project
"I come from Mae Cham District, about a 4 hour drive from Chiang Mai, nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains including the famous and highest in the North, Doi Inthanon. I was born in a remote mountain village named Bann Mae Mu.  We have to drive about one and half hours from Mae Cham district on dirt road to reach the village, and during the rainy season it is impossible to travel there with a regular vehicle, unless one has a 4-wheel drive truck or an off-road motorcycle. After finishing secondary 3, I decided to continue studying in vocational college in Mechanics in Chom Thong District. I have always been passionate about motors. I dream of having my own garage one day, with the purpose of serving my own people from my village, so they do not need to travel far away just to have their vehicle fixed, as sometimes they are cheated by the local people just because they are hill tribe. From my knowledge and work experience in mechanics, I could help them and guide them for proper solutions. Although my parents are not well-educated, they never asked me to quit studying, they believe that with education we are able to make better choices in life.
My family grows corn because the quality of the soil for cultivation is not suitable for any other crops, so we are left with no choice but corn cultivation. This year the price of the corn was at its lowest since the past 10 years. I have one elder sister, Ms.DuangDao Chornpeth, who will graduate in Accounting this year from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. She was supported by Pistorio Foundation while she was studying up until completion of her High Vocational Level at VBAC.
We know our parents worked hard so we could have an opportunity to study what we are interested in, and we truly appreciate the opportunity the Foundation has granted us through the scholarship program."

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