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Thai king pledges to educate tsunami orphans
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    Wednesday January 5, 12:24 AM
    Thai king pledges to educate tsunami orphans
    (AP) Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has ordered his charity to care for and educate children orphaned by deadly tsunami that hit his country.

    The king's Rajaprachanukroh Foundation has taken in more than 100 children after the country was pounded by the Dec. 26 waves, which have killed at least 5,200 people in this country.

    Nearly 300 children found amid the devastation have been left without parents, the Ministry of Social Development and Welfare said. It has pledged to care for orphans and offered them a college education.

    "We will sponsor their study to the highest level they could (attain)," said the ministry's director general, Muninthorn Tiyanond.

    The authority will help the orphans contact their relatives, and those without extended family members will receive help finding adoptive families, he said. Others will be sent to orphanages.

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    King gives B10m more for orphans
    Bangkok Post, 10th January 2005
    WASSANA NANUAM

    His Majesty the King has donated another 10 million baht so the army can build a school for children orphaned by the Dec 26 tsunami.

    The school will be built on 316 rai of land at Ban Nam Khem in Phangnga's Takua Pa district, along with a tsunami museum and a memorial for Khun Poom Jensen, Princess Ubolratana's son who died in the big waves.

    Porn Udompong, a member of the Ratchaprachanukroh Foundation committee, said the school will replace Ratchaprachanukroh 35 school at Ban Nam Khem, which was destroyed by the waves.

    It would be built at the foot of a hill near Ban Bang Sak School in tambon Bang Sak, and will take orphans to study from kindergarten to Mathayom Suksa 6.

    ``His Majesty will give good students a scholarship to go on to study at university,'' Mr Porn said.

    The King wanted the school finished in 10 months. A temporary building would be built first as there were now 124 pupils without classrooms.

    A dormitory for 300 students would also be built.

    ``Now we have 144 tsunami orphans in Phangnga to join the school, which will also take in orphans from Phuket and Ranong,'' said Mr Porn, a former Phangnga governor.

    The school will have three dormitories. They will be named Phor Por Ror after His Majesty the King, Sor Kor after Her Majesty the Queen and Ubolratana after Princess Ubolratana.

    A medical building named Sor Wor after the late Princess Mother is also planned, a mess hall for up to 1,000 people, two school buildings and one auditorium.

    The construction cost is estimated at 120 million baht. Donations have already started coming in from here and overseas.

    Mr Porn said His Majesty conveyed his message through Khwankaeo Vajarodaya, the Grand Chamberlain, asking the foundation to also build a memorial for Khun Poom and a tsunami museum on the plot.

    Gen Pravit Wongsuvan, the army commander, said the army's engineering corps would lay a foundation stone for the school tomorrow.

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    Awwww...the king is soo sweet...i thought that king and queen, doesn't exist anymore, but it's cool how they still do...He seems like a nice king...Taking care of orphans..it's sad that his grandson die during the Tsunami Disaster..




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