Dear Donors and Philanthropists,
For children in rural Thailand, poverty means more than just a lack of money. It means a lack of opportunities and hope for the future. Many are forced to leave school in order to find work to support their families. Yet without education, their employment options are limited and prospects are low. It is a vicious circle that affects the children and their families.
The Education for Development Foundation (EDF Foundation) was, therefore, established in 1987 aiming to provide poor Thai children a better start in life and a brighter future ahead through educational support. From 1988 to 2022 academic year, we had awarded scholarships to 406,560 less fortunate Thai children in more than 5,600 schools throughout Thailand.
Recently, in 2023 academic year, we are able to allocate donations to provide scholarships to 7,725 poor and underprivileged students in more than 1,500 schools throughout Thailand. It accounted for 6,278 scholarships for lower secondary students, 816 scholarships for upper secondary/vocational students, 406 scholarships for poor students with disabilities, 208 scholarships for orphaned students affected by the unrest in the southernmost provinces of Thailand and 17 scholarships for higher education.
Students use the scholarship funds for various necessities, including transportation cost, school uniform, educational and sports kit or supplies, lunches or extra tuition fees, which supplements the insufficient government’s free education program. The students are held accountable for how the money is spent under the supervision of the guidance teacher in each school.
For the EDF Scholarship Program in the upcoming 2024 academic year, we will commence the call for scholarship application from Decemeber 2023 to February 2024 from schools under the EDF program, after which EDF will start screening student applicants for the school year 2024. The final screening and selection process will shortlist eligible students for the next academic year.
EDF will later publish on our website and share to media outlets real-life struggle of students in the pursuit of their dreams.
In the festive season of happiness in the coming Christmas and New Year festival, we encourage our donors to take the opportunity to enjoy tax deductions for their donations. We recommend that you consider donating “Education Gift Set” for your sponsored students and other needy students under EDF program. These gift sets will truly be the first-ever gifts that many of our scholars will have ever received in their lifetime.
From 1 July 2023 and onwards, EDF Foundation is accepting early scholarship donation for the coming school year 2024. You can simply make your online donation through our website, www.edfthai.org/en or make your money transfer from banks. For details, please download EDF donation form here.
Please do not hesitate to ask for further details about your donation, sponsored students or about your wish to write or give additional supports in any kind to your sponsored students. Please feel free to contact us at Tel. +662-579-9209 to 11 (Monday-Friday from 0900 to 1630 hrs) or email to [email protected]. We will be more than glad to help you connect with your sponsored students. We provide English translation free of charge when required.
For donors who would like to receive a donation receipt for use in tax deduction for the 2023 tax year, please make your donation by December 31, 2023 at the latest.