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Warm Heart Worldwide Inc

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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

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at Warm Heart was truly an exceptional experience. The children and staff were extremely welcoming and kind, really wanting the volunteers to learn about their traditions, language and culture. You get out what you put in, but with a self-starting mindset, Warm Heart can help you accomplish any projects you desire.
More than the day to day work, Warm Heart really incorporates you into the community, showing volunteers the compassion and warmth of Northern Thailand.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the experience of a lifetime volunteering at Warm Heart Worldwide. Their dedication to helping the local community is far-reaching. Warm Heart Worldwide has environmental, education, and public health projects, in addition to running a Children's Home with 45 kids.

As a small NGO, you work hands on with their staff and the local community. Warm Heart expects volunteers to be self-starters. You can really make a difference, if you work hard.

Nestled away and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Northern Thailand, there is nothing quite like Warm Heart Worldwide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great grass-roots nonprofit serving a rural area in Thailand. Unlike a lot of non-profits, they actually serve the people and meet their needs rather than doing what they think is best without the community's input. They take incredible care of 46 local hill tribe children, on top of environmental, public health, and micro-enterprise projects. I've loved volunteering for Warm Heart Worldwide, and strongly believe in what they're doing here in Northern Thailand!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is absolutely amazing! The organizers do a great job of providing everything for the kids to succeed. They are always keeping them active with creative activities that are fun and engaging so the kids can learn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Helping people help themselves." Warm Heart's central premise has set them up for enormous success. For the last 9 years this organization has been present and ready to listen to local villagers in their home of Phrao District in Northern Thailand. Warm Heart's children's home takes care of over 40 children, ensuring proper health care, education, and a safe place to call home. Their Thai staff and steady stream of international volunteers have put in tremendous effort to build new sustainable pathways to healthy, productive, and successful lives. As a volunteer I've been inspired by the work that Warm Heart does and how incredibly effective their team is. They are ready for whatever is thrown at them and are unquestionably committed to their cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great non-profit with a genuine concern for their local Thai communities. It is inspiring to see all the work they have done with the Thai people to improve their situations and all they continue to do, despite many obstacles. I have had a wonderful experience learning from them and helping them. Would definitely recommend!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with my boyfriend last month for one weekend. We taught a science lesson and played with the children for the rest of the weekend. It was amazing to see how well run the children's home is. The children are well fed, clothed and seem of great spirits. I highly recommend anyone to volunteer at this nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Warm Heart as a product designer and market researcher for a period of 3 months. I learned so much about the difficulties of ethical design while working in a place to which one has no cultural ties. I also came to understand how Warm Heart navigates these issues, and succeeds in creating beautiful, ethical products with the Phrao women's co-ops, creating work and providing stable income for their members. Warm Heart has created work for silk spinners, weavers and dyers, helping them to continue utilizing these ancient, precise skills. Together they create high quality textiles that benefit everyone involved. While there, I also experienced all of the other great things Warm Heart does for the community, such as providing a children's home for dozens of kids, and making strides in the development of biochar and sustainable agriculture.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two and a half months at Warm Heart, and I have never encountered a more holistic approach to public service. What is so inspiring about this organization is the fact that they support the community from all angles- public health, education, and Microenterprise. The children I met from the Children's Home changed me in remarkable ways, and their futures, thanks to support from Warm Heart, are so much brighter than that of the typical child's in rural Thailand.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at Warm Heart for 2 months in total. I had a really great time volunteering with Warm Heart, and I helped with the BioChar project - a great project that will have a noticeable health benefit to all those living in Northern Thailand.
Warm Hearts location allows for those volunteering to have a great mix between learning the local culture (thai boxing classes in local village, can help and learn thai cooking with some of the restaurants nearby) and also some big city life as theres a songtow bus a few times a day to Chang Mai.
All in all a really great experience and am thoroughly grateful for all that Warm Heart do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Warm Heart in Thailand for 2 months. I split my time between community work and work at a children’s home.

I made home visits to provide psychological and physical support to vulnerable adults. I also reviewed and re-structured the Warm Heart programme to achieve consistent visits, set clear patient goals and efficiently deliver resources. I project managed a Psychological Interventions Project where I worked with 39 children living at a children’s home to assess and document their mental health, and to recommend and action appropriate interventions.

Warm Heart is a beautiful place with beautiful people. If you have the drive and a self-start approach to work then you have the opportunity to make a difference and learn a lot. I am forever grateful for the amazing experience I had here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have spent sometime here at Warmheart, and found that Evelind and Michael have created and continue to support a great children's home with out reach into the community.
The areas I am familiar with where they are involved are :
1) a public health support service for people who are at risk and unsupported by family or other community members, and
2)the development of a programme to clean the air environment of toxic smoke caused by burn off of vegetation.This programme is developing and researching methods of biochar production, and teaching community farmers and children of the benefits of this process. Biochar is returned to the soil,sequestering the carbon (mitigating effects of climate warming), at the same time enhancing soil fertility.

I have found Warmheart to be a great place to work, and very well organised. There is clear leadership, and consideration not only of the people they serve, but also the workers volunteers,who are given the opportunity to use and develop their passion and ideas, whatever they may be, and share them in a way that enhances the work done here, at the home and in the community.

I congratulate Evelind and Michael on their work , and fully recommend this as worthwhile nonprofit organisation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The positive impact that this small community organization has on so many lives is truly inspiring. The people involved are dedicated and determined to make a difference. The children in the care of Warm Heart are thriving and advancing with their education. The home visits they provide for destitute seniors and disabled in the community bring a ray of hope and sunshine into their lives. But Warm Hearts concern and care goes far beyond the community of Phrao. Their environmental program continues to expand across the world, eventually having an impact on all of our lives, and the lives of future generation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at Warm Heart was fantastic! I felt very involved in many different projects and I learned a lot and grew from my time here. I came in to my volunteering with a plan for a project and I think this made a huge difference in my experience because if you are not eager and willing to work and get things done, no one is going to watch over you to make sure you are doing something. So if you are looking for someone to hold your hand and instruct you on every part of your work, this is not the place for you to volunteer. You must be committed and engaged in order to get things done and make a difference at Warm Heart. The Warm Heart main "campus" is where I stayed during my time here. I lived in one of the volunteer houses which was very comfortable with a bed, fan, mosquito net, shelves, and a bedside table. The bed is hard so if you are wanting something plush then you could get a mattress pad or something but it was fine to me and I slept on it for 10 weeks. The room was tightly sealed and had screens to cover all the openings, so I didn't even have to use my mosquito net the whole time I was there! And I did not get bit inside my room even once for 10 weeks! You need to wash the sheets and bed covers yourself but they have a washer and spinner at Warm Heart that you can use. I recommend staying on the main campus if possible, it is convenient and nice. The bathrooms are just outside the rooms and so is the sink and a little kitchen area with a mini fridge. So if you like to cook yourself you can! Or you can eat at the kitchen each day. Up to you! The food was Thai food and it was usually very good with lots of vegetables which I appreciated. I felt extremely safe at Warm Heart, in Phrao, and the Chiang Mai region in general. The Thai people are so kind and good hearted. I felt like nothing could go wrong while I was there. Plus, Evelind and Michael have security cameras to add to the safety. Thailand is a very safe place to travel, and Warm Heart is a very safe place to volunteer. The Warm Heart team all really care about the mission of the organization and are all committed to their jobs. Their hard work was inspiring to me and motivated me sometimes when I was feeling less eager to work. Every week we had a volunteer meeting to fill Evelind in on anything we needed, our progress with our projects, and just generally how everything was going. So that was really nice! Sometimes, being a grassroots organization, Warm Heart can be a bit unorganized. But that is just how it is when you have so many things to take care of and not enough people to take care of them! When you get to Thailand, you will get a Thai phone and sim card so you can call Evelind, Michael, or any of the staff if you ever need them so that is a great thing they have going. Plus everyone works really close together on the main campus anyways. The people working at Warm Heart are so amazing. I became very good friends with a few of the girls working in the kitchen and children's home and the staff in the main office are incredibly kind and helpful. Evelind and Michael are two are the most compassionate people I have ever met on top of being very intelligent, insightful, and fun to be around. I so loved getting to know them. I would have to warn you that there will be other volunteers there and this can be quite distracting because some people simply do not have motivation to do anything. My best advice is just to keep your eye on your goals for coming to Warm Heart and don't allow other people to knock you off your path! I loved working here and I look forward to coming back and working with Warm Heart in the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered for Warm Heart from June-Aug 2016, and had a great experience. It is amazing that a small grassroots non profit like Warm Heart can help with a wide variety of issues in the community. I was involved with multiple projects, from public health, English teaching, and environmental research. This is an organization which will not hold your hands, and one must be a self starter and autonomous to really thrive. I was free to work on projects how I liked, and was supported by the staff, both Thai and the other volunteers. Because this is a small nonprofit, there are certain challenges that come up, mainly, somewhat lack of manpower since volunteers come and go all the time. But they are doing their best, and even though there are times when they seem to stretch themselves thin due to the number of projects they are involved in, their positive impact and work in the community is visible. Evelind and Michael are great, very caring and supportive. I felt much at home here, and would urge other volunteers who wish to gain more experience in non profit work to join Warm Heart. Cheers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Really amazing volunteer experience which helped me to find a dream job in Asia. I will always remember Warm Heart Foundation and especially Evelind Schecter who has really impressive dedication to the foundation. I am proud that I could be part of the Warm Heart family and my volunteering was really unforgettable. I would recommend to everyone to undertake volunteering at this foundation.

Vaclav, 28, Czech Republic

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thought that the experience was very beneficial for my education, personal growth and preparation for my future career. I was able to practice the skills I have learned in college, learn about a new culture, make many new friends, and gain confidence as a future nurse and as a world traveler. I thoroughly enjoyed serving the community there, experiencing the day-to-day implications of a long-term community development project. Those that we visited weekly and biweekly seemed to really appreciate our support and care. I also loved being able to use my skills to assess the health of children at Warm Heart, which I believe will make a significant impact to them and the staff. I love how this experience put me (with my short-term availability) in the context of a bigger picture, and allowed me to actually make a difference with an organization that is doing so much long-term development in a community. It is clear that Warm Heart is very intentional about that. I could not be more excited that I worked with an organization like that, where I felt that my unique skills were needed and my time and energy was not wasted. I enjoyed every second of my time there and I was able to serve, travel, explore and experience so much in Thailand because of this assignment. I can never thank Evelind and Michael enough for allowing me to work with them and for everything that they are doing for this community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

It's rare to find two people as passionate and caring as Evelind Schecter and Michael D. Shafer. Many non profits work remotely from the US to support causes in other countries but Evelind and Michael gave up their successful careers in the US and moved to Phrao, Thailand to truly make a difference in the lives of many. The work can be frustrating at times due to the language and cultural differences between Thais and foreigners and the politics involved to get things done but when you see how happy the children that Warm Heart cares for and the difference they make in the lives of many locals, it's all worth it. Being a volunteer has it's challenges with Warm Heart taking on so many different responsibilities that every day is a new day. So if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and roll with the punches, Warm Heart will be an eye-opening and rewarding experience. You will live like a local and experience true Thai hospitality and culture.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being at Warm Heart I have been inspired and touched by the passion and care that the Founders, Staff and Volunteers have for not only improving the lives of Phrao's community members but everyone they interact with.

Whether it be helping a child with homework, celebrating a young woman's (who is living with HIV) birthday, or bringing books to a home bound woman's house, every moment is seen as an opportunity to make life a little brighter.

You quickly see how these simple, compassionate acts create ripples of goodwill that lifts up the community, instantly feel a strong bond with the people, and more deeply appreciate the magnitude of Gandhi's famous quote "Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am participating in this organization as a volunteer, especially in Public Health part. The first thing I felt was that this organization is well known to local people and they didn't hesitate to express how grateful they fell about this organization. Moreover, the way of this organization's doing was also adequate, I think, because they are not trying to help people in need directly like charity, but trying to support them with more proper ways such as giving them a job or micro-finance, so that they can get financial independence. Now, I'm in charge of canvasing uncovered areas to find out somebody to help, I hope we could help them too in a proper way.