Special Appeal

A few days ago, a massive hail storm moved over Mae Sai and the surrounding area, including Mae Sai’s neighbouring city Tachileik in Myanmar. Hailstones as large as chicken eggs lashed down for about 40 minutes, causing extensive damages to the homes of more than 3,000 families in and around Mae Sai.

On DEPDC/GMS’ grounds, countless hailstones broke through roofing shingles, leaving the roofs of six of our buildings severely damaged. The upper floor of our main building is home to 17 girls of the DEP and BYLTP projects (Development and Education Programme and Border Youth Leadership Training Programme). That floor suffered from extensive water damage, rendering some of the girls’ belongings unusable.

Approximately 500 shingles will have to be replaced. At 60 Baht apiece, the cost for the shingles will amount to 30,000 Baht. On top of that, the roofers’ salaries, complex bamboo scaffoldings, and the cost to replace damaged fitments for the girls’ accommodation (like mattresses, pillows and blankets) will double that amount. Thus, we are in need of your donations to cover these unexpected expenses. The estimated total cost for the repairs amounts to 60,000 Baht or approx. US$ 1,900.

If  you would like to support DEPDC/GMS in this endeavour, you have three options.

1. You can transfer your donation directly into our bank account.

Bank of Ayudhya PCL – Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Account Name: “DEPDC”
Account Number: 331-1-05358 – 6
Swift Code: AYUDTHBK

2. You can send a personal cheque or money order made out to “DEPDC”.

PO Box 10
Mae Sai, Chiang Rai 57130

3. You can make a tax-deductible donation to DEPDC through Give2Asia.

For this option, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser. http://www.give2asia.org/depdc

Please note that we are temporarily not able to receive donations through PayPal. This will be resolved in the near future.

DEPDC/GMS is very grateful for any and all donations. Please inform us of your donation, no matter which method you choose to donate, by sending us an email to info(at)depdc.org. This will allow us to thank you properly for your donation and add you to our quarterly newsletter distribution list if you so wish.


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