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Causes: International

Mission: 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.

Results: 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

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hi!
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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Chairman of one and on the Boards of two other organizations focused on global poverty alleviation and economic development with my emphasis being on India and the MENAT region. We have known Professor Michael Shafer and his wife for many years, and have followed closely their remarkable progress in the Hill Tribes region of northern Thailand. We recently spent a week with Michael introducing him to 5 major players in this space in the Washington area. All were amazed at the accomplishments of Warm Hearts, and the the results of their "bottom up" investigation into the causes of poverty in the region, and their development of effective tools to address these causes. Most important is that these tools and programs are planned for adoption and implementation by the local population themselves, and can be sustained without continued outside intervention. All 5 of the NGOs to which we introduced Michael and Evilind Shafer have committed to assist in the growth of Warm Hearts with various support initiatives. We hope for more Michael and Evelind Shafers!!!

1 Lisa215

Advisor

Rating: 5

We have followed Warm Hearts progress since its beginnings six years ago. The founders, Michael Shafer and Evelind Shecter, chose a neglected rural area of Thailand to rebuild into a sustainable community through working cooperatively with villagers to identify their community needs, prioritize them, and then tackle problems with cross-cutting solutions. They have created effective programs for children's education, all stages of life health care, microenterprises for women without regular income, and agricultural initiatives to rebuild the soil and increase harvest yield. By approaching local problems with a broader vision of world issues, they have been able to leverage basic technology, such as their biochar process, into a potential instrument to reduce global climate change by improving soil on a field-by-field basis.

With more money and support, Warm Hearts is poised to increase its reach and to have its model practices imitated in many other rural communities of developing countries. Their recent foray to Washington, DC, introduced them to major foundations and larger non-profits that recognize the value of their persoanl dedication and concept f bottoms-up community development.

1 Ellen60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We visited Warm Heart Worldwide in Northern Thailand and were amazed at how effective a small organization, with imaginative leadership, limited funds and a can-do spirit can be. It is a model of local empowerment that should be replicated in other parts of the world. For the first time participants have access to education, career training, sustainable living skills, medical care and a sense that a greater community is rooting for success.