Posted by Linda Pfotenhauer
We have received the happy news that BEAM has reached - and exceeded - its target to become part of the Global Giving network! Thank you to all the Rotarians and friends who so generously responded to our Special Bulletin with donations to make this ambitious goal a reality.  We look forward to resuming weekly activities with BEAM school and our new English Language Cultural Exchange Club when their new school year starts after the Songkran holiday break.
A Message from BEAM School:
Thank you for helping us reach our first milestone! We are overjoyed by the support we have received from friends, partners, and strangers around the world. As of March 23, we achieved our first goal of raising $5000 between 47 people. Through the Global Giving Accelerator, we will continue to accept donations up until March 30th.
We currently have 4 students participating in Community Service Internship Program (CSIP) for the Spring 2018 semester: Awn Khay (SYP & SEED Learning Center), Chen (SYP & SEED Learning Center), Thel Thel (MAP Foundation), and Peter (BEAM).

Student Highlight: Awn Khay

Awn Khay is a CSIP intern with Shan Youth Power (SYP) and SEED Learning Center. SYP was founded as a communications center in Chiang Mai in 2002 to support the needs of Shan youth. Awn Khay volunteers as a Shan and English teacher for migrant children.

“Through this experience, I hope to learn more about organizing, teaching, communication skills, and networking. I am expecting that I can provide community service by teaching basic English and Shan language to migrant children and communicating with them to have a better mindset for their future when they grow up.” -AK

Awn Khay currently works three days a week at the SEED Learning Center and within construction camps around Chiang Mai. He mainly teaches basic Shan to young migrant children.

Originally from Shan state, Myanmar, Awn Khay is now studying for his Bachelor of Social Science at Chiang Mai University. Before beginning his higher education at CMU, Awn Khay attended BEAM’s GED program from 2014-2016. He successfully passed the GED (General Education Development high school certificate exam) in 2016. He speaks Shan, Burmese, Thai, and English. In addition to his studies and service internship, he also works as a data processor and sculpture artist.
Thank you for supporting students like Awn Khay! We are so proud of his progress and look forward to seeing his growth and development throughout his internship. To read more about CSIP visit: