As a Guest of Andaman Discoveries, you are directly supporting projects of our North Andaman Network Foundation. Fifty percent of Andaman Discoveries profits are given back to the NAN foundation and also donations that rebuilt into the program pricing. These projects make a difference in the lives of our local community projects and community members because they are things that are valued by these people as a way to have better lives.
Take a look at how you have helped by participating in an Andaman Discoveries Program:
We provide scholarship funds to 40 rural Thai children so that they have the opportunity to get an education. 18 percent of girls and 23 percent of boys do not enroll in school after the sixth grade so that they can begin working to help support their families. Another issue is the families do not have the financial stability to send their children to school. Added expenses like; uniforms, school supplies and tuition are often to costly for the families. This is where we step in and offer added support. Each year we conduct interviews with the students and families to assess their goals for school and their future professional career! It is so special to offer these determined students the opportunity to reach their dreams. If you would like to help these students to continue their education, click here
Medical support was provided for the elderly Moken on Koh Surin Island and in Chai Patanna Village. This includes medical checkups if problems arise and follow up treatments if needed. NAN has also provided emergency medical care for Pi Ya, who is Pi Noi’s twin sister. They both are hosts for the Tung Dap homestay program and love being outside. Pi Ya needed to have a balloon placed in her heart due to heart valve constriction. She was facing extreme fatigue and was never hungry, making it difficult for her to enjoy her Mokland lifestyle on Koh Phrathong that allowed her to gather vegetables, clams, net fish and gather honey from the mangroves. Since she received treatment, she said her energy level is high and that her appetite has returned. She literally said “my body feels lighter and my breath comes easier” If you would like to support this cause, click here.
Villagers that participate in the homestay programs make a 35 percent higher income that helps support their families. Participants say it allows them to support the continued education of their children and also allows families to stay together instead of dividing to find work in other provinces.
Volunteer programs have a donation built into the price that goes directly to the schools and learning centers. They are able to use this money to purchase supplies that they otherwise would not be able to afford. Schools also use the donation money for special events like children’s day! If you would like contribute additional support, click here
In Kuraburi, we support a local project run by a man named Lung (uncle) Luan, who has taken it upon himself to create a conservation center for the endangered water lilies. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with the youth in the community and educating them about conservation. In November, we helped to support the Water Lilly Conservation Day and also got t-shirts made for Da Lung to sell. If you would like to contribute to this cause, click here