Literacy Center – a Rotary commitment for Phuket

Phuket is very dependent on Myanmar workers particularly in construction. They live in squalid camps. Children have no access to Thai education unless they have passed Thai tests in the key curriculum areas. Rotary became aware of the conditions when children are left in the camp and become open to social disorder. Three years ago Rotary joined The Good Shepherd  Phuket Sisters and working with a group of volunteers, began a program of providing food, education, security and some basic education.

Debra, a Rotary volunteer helps with the training

Two local Rotarians Pat and Jim Domville became a aware of this project and convinced the Rotary Club of Patong Beach to become involved.


Jim & Pat

Over the last three years this project has captured the imagination of many overseas Rotarians. In the last two years, the center moved to a local small hotel and catered to 120 students supported by many volunteers. The project has moved again and into a new and exciting phase as it commences in a new rented building with 180 students. Rotary continued its support of the (now called) Saint Euphrasia BanYa Literacy Center.

This support is possible because of the Global Grant GG1637384 (raising $56,000 US initiated by 9 German and French Rotary Clubs.) The support for a resource center by The Hokkaido Clubs (Japan) and clean drinking water provided by the Tokushima South Club. There have been many other donors.

Rotary and the school work together to show many visiting Rotarians the school. The current grant provides support over a 2 year period and includes resources for teacher training, curriculum materials, computer resources, and financial management systems. The British International school have helped clean and offered special days at their school.

There have been many other donors from around the world including Austria, Germany, Japan, The Philippines, Hong Kong,  Australia, India, Thailand, France, Canada, and USA.

Submitted by:
Dr. Peter W. Harris
Chair, Club Service Projects Committee
Rotary Club of Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand