If you are looking for a source to make donations, www.taejai.com could be your answer. With this online fund-raising website, you can specify who you want to give to and can also track the progress of your charity of choice.
Taejai was created by a group of people who wanted to contribute to society by supporting non-profit organisations and social enterprise projects. The website was initiated by the KhonThai Foundation, Ashoka Thailand, Thai Young Philanthropists Network (TYPN), OpenDream and ChangeFusion.
ChangeFusion director Sunit Shrestha said that Thailand is a giving society. According to a 2011 survey, Thailand was ranked ninth among countries that donate the most. When there is a disaster, such as the 2011 floods, Thais are willing to help each other in terms of donations and volunteering, but organisations working for the good of society are likely to close down due to lack of support.
"We wanted to create a bridge between people who need help and those who wanted to donate online which is convenient and easy to access," Sunit said.
Taejai.com was created to gather the creative projects of individuals and organisations who cannot access sources of funding. The website also allows people to pick the projects they like and want to support. Besides funding projects, Taejai also lets people know how their donations are helping by periodically reporting on each project.
Apart from collecting projects of public organisations, the website also helps find funds for the new generation who want to propose trial projects. Some of these projects have been developed as social enterprises.
So far, the online resource has raised 630,000 baht for several of these projects. Among them are an elephant life-saving project, a creative toys project for children with disabilities, an organic seed bank, art therapy classes for blind children, a scheme to provide toilets for hill-tribes and eyeglasses for elderly people.
Other projects seeking support include Safety Duck, which provides safety equipment, Fairshion underwear by Try Arm, free art teaching and equine therapy for children with special needs.
In addition, ChangeFusion together with Open Dream recently introduced the "Me Sex" mobile app to educate Thai youth about sex and health matters.
The app is also linked to the website Talk About Sex (http://talkaboutsex.thaihealth.or.th) and is now available on the iOS platform.
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