Microsoft, in collaboration with the GlobalGiving Foundation, has launched www.giveforyouth.org, a website that allows people to fund and follow the dreams of young people around the world, including Thailand.
Give for Youth is an online marketplace that allows donors to support youth projects of non-profit and social enterprises. People of Thailand are invited to join the project by making donations from as little as 300 baht.
The website currently lists hundreds of microprojects from all over the world. Specifically, they support young people in their quest to obtain the tools and resources they need to find a job, continue their education and training, or start a business or social venture. A project is limited to a budget of US$250-$10,000 (7,600-305,000 baht).
One project from Thailand on the website invests in the training of secondary school students to run the four-acre School Poverty Eradication Farm. They will acquire sufficient knowledge, skills and experience to enable them to also start similar activities with their families at home.
Some of the resultant profits will be reinvested, some used for charitable activities, some for savings for the future education of participating students, and the remainder for daily expenses.
The success of the venture will result in a sustainable basis for future funding or loans and adequate income resulting in less migration to cities.
The projects are under the supervision of the Population and Community Development Association, which has almost 30 years experience in the poverty eradication area.
To get an overview of all projects, visit www.giveforyouth.org. To find a project in Thailand click on "Find a Project", then select the country. Donations can be made online by credit card, bank transfer, PayPal or gift card.
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