The Children of Koh Yao Noi
The small island of Yao Noi, located less than hour by boat from Phuket is a sleepy island where many of Serendipity Tailormade’s guests visit to spend a quiet, relaxing vacation. The island is very close to Nabeel and his wife Asmaa’s heart, as it was one of the first places they visited together.
The island is home to a mainly Muslim population, and as you jump on a moped to follow the only road on the island, you’ll see small girls in hijab heading home from school, boys playing football with tatty balls and their parents ploughing the fields. The warmth of the people, with a simple way of life, brings a sense of contentment to whatever little they have. Serendipity Tailormade have partnered with the Six Senses Yao Noi, a preferred partner in Thailand, to embark on a series of projects through the Serendipity Foundation.
If there is one thing children on the island love more than anything, it is to learn. They have been blessed with the amazing gift of willpower, and their drive to learn and educate themselves is self propelled.
However, due to irregular government funding, some schools simply do not receive enough support to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for the children. The Foundation helps one of the schools with financial support for school meals. A well fed child will be able to use that energy throughout the day, and currently the school are fundraising an extra £1200 a year to ensure the children have a free meal. By subsiding meals, the school can use that money elsewhere.
The Foundation are also looking to support the school with new computer equipment, to ensure the children are engaged in the rapidly developing digital world. It's incredible to see none of the children with a smartphone in their hands, still enjoying the outdoors, however some exposure to the technologies of today will keep them in good stead for the future.
Finally, another school on the island is in desperate need of a new outdoor pavilion to hold assemblies and for the children to find shade in the heat of the day. The structure is simply unsafe, especially with young children around. With your help, we're hoping they will soon be able to provide a safe area for the children to use.