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Warm Heart Worldwide Inc

Rating: 4.79 stars   48 reviews 1,134

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434 Cedar Ave % Evelind Schecter Highland Park NJ 08904 USA


Warm Heart’s mission is to ensure that all Phrao residents have equal access to basic services and an equal opportunity to build better lives. We provide equal access to education and health services, and the knowledge and skills to create sustainable livelihoods. Warm Heart is a non-religious, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the radical idea that every human being deserves the same chance to succeed, whether born into poverty or prosperity.


We opened our doors in 2008. See our website for details www.warmheartworldwide.org. Examples: 39 disadvantaged hill tribe children live in our Children's Home - giving them a safe home and chance to go to school and create economic opportunity. Our clean Water project has given clean water to over 4500 people. 1500 pregnant and nursing mothers and their toddlers receive vitamins through our partnership with the regional hospital. We've started surveying the elderly and disabled in our district - to day we have delivered over 100 wheelchairs and mobility aid.

Target demographics:

Poorest of the poor, especially minority children from isolated mountain villages without schools or access to health care, landless and illiterate women, and the elderly and disabled.

Geographic areas served:

Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand


Education, Microenterprise, Public Health. Warm Heart is a grassroots organization that helps villagers in the remote northern district of Phrao, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. We organize community projects that improve access to education and basic health services, create jobs and sustainable incomes for the poorest in our community, and restore the environment to sustain future generations. Warm Heart is not a charity. Our programs address acute needs by helping people help themselves.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Working with Warm Heart was an unforgettable experience. On arriving in rural Thailand you are welcomed into very unique situation by extremely inspiring people. Living in close quarters with Michael and Evelind (the founders) and their extended family in the Children's Home you quickly feel like a part of the Warm Heart family and the wider community. Michael and Evelind are unwaveringly passionate about their work in the community and there is so much scope to make a difference by helping on one of their many projects. The most useful volunteers will have a skill and knowledge base already as Warm Heart relies so heavily on volunteers and the input they can offer. I was the videographer and multimedia volunteer for over 3 months and found the role not only immensely rewarding but also had many opportunities to enhance my skills and challenge myself while feeling like I was providing really useful resources for their website, marketing and fundraising. I would recommend volunteering at Warm Heart to anyone that wants to experience living in another culture, make a real difference in the community and intimately learn about the inner workings of a small grassroots non-profit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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As a volunteer with Warm Heart's public health program, I was thoroughly impressed by the positive impact Warm Heart generates on the community level. Originally, Warm Heart was founded as a children's home to allow Hill Tribe children to attend school. Since then, it has expanded to include micro-enterprise, public health, and environmental programs, the latter of which has recently been awarded a grant from the U.S. Consulate.
Many of the children at Warm Heart come from communities that do not speak Thai, and therefore are behind in school from a very young age. Warm Heart gives local children the ability to learn Thai and therefore go to high school.
In my time traveling around Phrao and Chiang Mai province, the majority of people I met had only wonderful things to say about Warm Heart and how the organization has positively affected the lives of friends and family members.
I was thoroughly impressed by the tangible and measurable changes in the Phrao community as a result of Warm Heart's influence. Warm Heart is an NGO with real integrity, and any donations or time, money, or other resources are guaranteed to go toward improving the lives of local Thai people in Phrao.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After only one month, I´m sure I made the right choice by coming to Warm Heart. As my time here functions as an internship in my masters degree, it was important for me that I chose an organization that can offer a variety of projects to work on,and off course an organization that have a good working and social environment. Warm Heart has everything! The projects you work on really challenge you and you learn to think in new ways. After a long day of work, you have other volunteers you can explore this beautiful country with!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I´m actually being part of this amazing experience, working as Environment Project Manager.
As in any other job there are good days and bad days, but then you see the results and everything is worth it!
Helping communities develop in a more sustainable way is good in many levels; local, for they can grow better and more. Regional, for they live and grow healthier without all the pesticides and smoke. Worldwide, because we are all part of the same big house; The Earth and every little step forward can help make the difference in the future.
I also enjoy the quiet environment and, avobe all, food is great! Get ready for some real spicy things!

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Hello! My name is Laura Fernndez and I am from the Dominican Republic. I came here, leaving my corporate job, because I believe social causes are my real passion. I will be here for 6 months, until the end of this year, and so far everything has been wonderful, the relationship with the other volunteers, the staff, the locals and the kids are really great and playful.
This is my first trip to Asia and so far my favorite thing is food! I've wanting to eat everything here. The landscapes are also very calm, very appropiate to have some alone time, meditate and think a little bit about important things in your life. Since we are living in the country side there is not too much going on, so we have time to hang around together, play cards, watch movies and laugh a lot.
At Warm Heart I am working as an operations program manager, reviewing major processes such as volunteer recruitment, financial reports and other areas and now I have been doing some tasks related to volunteer's coordinator. The work is very challenging, I want to do so many things, hope at least to achieve my mayor goal.
Come to Warm Heart, there is a lot to see, learn and love!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am a current Board Member and former student of one of the founders of Warm Heart. Warm Heart is a wonderful organization that truly listens to the community it serves. The founders are two of the most hardworking, intelligent and dedicated social entrepreneurs I know. It's a privilege to serve on the Board.

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I was a volunteer during the summer of 2014, working on after-school mathematics with high school students and helping out with the Biochar/green initiatives on site. I learned so much in my ten weeks there. Most of all, i was continually impressed with Warm Heart's complete dedication to the local community in Phrao, even despite limited resources. Evelind, Michael, and PJ are ambitious and passionate about the work they do, and it has a clear impact on the lives around them-- everyone from the kids who grow up there, the Thai staff who live and work there, and community member who depend on Warm Heart for daily basic necessities. I can't wait to see how Warm Heart grows in the future -- best wishes to everyone back in Phrao!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I'm a new resident of Chiang Mai, and was recently introduced to Warm Heart through a new friend. After just a little exploration of their programs I couldn't have been more delighted to make a small donation to support their wonderful work.

The Warm Heart programs are innovative, sensitive, and truly reflect the needs that the community of Phrao have identified as most important. After a visit to their center in Phrao I was struck by the skill and dedication of their staff, and the wonderful quality volunteers who do so much to support the work.

The kids that live in their Children's homes are absolutely joyful, reflecting the kind spirit and loving environment the homes provide. The campus is vibrant with activity, gardens, friendly people and animals.

There are many organizations doing great work, but I've seen no foundation where a donor's investment is more leveraged to support great benefit for the community. Warm Heart is not only completely sincere in their desire to help the people of Phrao, they are also extremely skillful in their projects design and execution. What a powerful combination. Bravo.

Warm Heart World wide - They're doing it right!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Warm Heart is truly amazing. I volunteered there for half a year, 2013. My project was marketing local handcrafts. I felt so passionated about this project as it's very entrepreneurial, and the people I worked with are smart. After I finish the volunteering, thanks to the rewarding experience, I landed a job working as a fundraiser for Teach For China(the same network with Teach For America). WH is also like home to me. The people I met there keep inspiring me. I'm pretty sure I'll go back again in near future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for Warm Heart from June to Dec, 2013. It provides great opportunity to be enterpreneurial. Thanks to nice scarf and recyecled fashion, i can get involved in pre-sale, sale, and after sale.
Here not only do I get to be creative – copywriting, compiling a catalogue, I have also developed skills in doing market research and sales in Chiang Mai, establish CRM system, craft social media campaign for online store and recruitment, areas that I´d never worked in before.

The experience is so fullfilling!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

focus on CSR,getting more funding from big corporates.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a volunteer working on the reforestation project a year ago for Warm Heart. I stayed three months and that was too short. I've learnt so much when I was there. I've learnt professional and personal skills, I have met extraordinary people, and spent unforgettable moments.
I won't say it was easy everyday, but in the end this is the kind of experience were you only remember the good moments. Michael and Evelind are really good teachers and good persons, and it was a pleasure to work with the others, the thai staff, the kids and the villagers I've met during my work.
I hope I'll go back there one day soon !!

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