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Warm Heart Worldwide Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Warm Heart is making a real impact on the lives of Hill tribe villages around Chiang Mai in Thailand from providing education to children to helping restore the environment. Their training of farmers on how to convert crop waste to biochar is absolutely brilliant and the world will benefit from the spreading of this knowledge as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our club has done a great collaboration with Warm Heart in Thailand and we could really see Warm Heart as a nonprofit that sustains itself with innovative ideas and a true care for the children. The volunteering experience connected us and the children despite language barriers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Warm Heart Worldwide is an exceptional organization. From their approach to people and communities to their innovative technologies that address real-world problems, WH Worldwide is an organization that truly 'walks-the-walk' when it comes to generating positive social, environmental and economic impact. WH stands out as a exemplary model for how community-based development should be carried out around the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just wanted to write a letter not sure if you guys will get it but I went on a trip this summer to Warm Heart. I was on the group trip with Arrowhead High school. And I wanted to just say what an amazing experience I had. In english we were writing about an experience that changed us and mine was this service trip. I actually had gone on two service trips before this one but they are so life changing and I love what you are doing for all the kids. I hope that what we did helped make a difference and your work easier. Thank you for the life long memories I made while working

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schecter 10/17/2019

We loved having you visit. You all worked so hard and the children loved meeting you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Warm Heart for a month in which my role consisted of making video footage upon the ongoing projects as well as teaching English to the children on weekends.
I enjoyed my stay and valued the presence of Michael and Evelind whom are incredibly inspiring individuals.
I somewhat felt like the amount of help I could offer was limited because whilst the organisation welcomes volunteers and the aid that they can bring, It almost feels unnessasary. Simply because they already have a flourishing and smoothly ran establishment which appears a great place for the Warm heart kids to be.

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schecter 10/17/2019

Dear Grace, your videos will help us for a long time to come!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As I was exploring northern Thailand, I had the fortunate opportunity to meet the founders and team from Warm Heart. They are all so generous and caring. We initially got to know them by their great work with supporting disadvantaged children but quickly realised they do so much more for the community and the environment. It’s amazing to see how much of an impact they’ve made. As my wife has shared with me several times, they are a true inspiration. We couldn’t be more proud to support such a wonderful group.

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schecter 10/17/2019

Dear Jason, Many thanks! Good work ahead together!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amongst their excellent projects, Warmheart are to be congratulated on their campaign "Stop the Smoke 2019". Chiang Mai and environs is a great place to live except for the months when smoke creates problems, particularly for the elderly. They deserve every support in reaching Our target – your target: 5,000 rai – 5% of all of the cornfields of Mae Chaem.

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schecter 10/17/2019

Thank you for taking the message out to the community!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a member and past president of the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC), I can tell you that The Warm Heart Foundation is one of the best community partners we have ever had. CMIRC's focus is on child safety, health, and education, and we have found the work that the Warm Heart Foundation does with over 40 children in their Phrao facility (near Ching Mai) to be very worthy of our continued support. The caring environment they create for the children they house is exemplary. We are proud to partner with them in service to poor children in Thailand! We have also found the Warm Heart Foundation to be an excellent facilitator for CMIRC programs in Phrao. Their staff has helped us run a successful water safety and drowning prevention program for the past two years. We could not conduct this program without them. As a result we will have taught survival swimming and water safety to over 300 children by the end of this year. Great staff and great program!

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schecter 10/17/2019

Dear John, Thank you for a great partnership!

Tann S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the experience during volunteer at Warm Heart every time I come back. The host and staffs are supportive and helpful. I worked on micro enterprise project and it has given me opportunity to collaborate with the locals to produce beautiful products to support numbers of kids in orphanage. Love this place!

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schecter 10/17/2019

Dear Tann, Thank you for all you do for us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i had been volunteering there for 2 months Feb - March 2013, in recycled material project for fashion product design section. I had so much experience at WarmHeart more than I expected in so many aspects --- from working with all international volunteers communicating with English, experimenting and finding possibility of recycled local material to make them most valuable as far as I could do, sharing interests, helping and enjoyed the time with new volunteer friends, getting used to be happy with simple life and sustainability ....to having so much fun with the kids,staffs, Ajarn Shafer and Pa' Lin.
That was such a great great experience for me that makes me so inspiring. I really can't wait to go back to WarmHeart again :D

1 Charlie T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Warm Heart for about 2 months. During this time I was able to get an immersed feel for how the organization works and what they aim to achieve. The work they are doing for the northern Thai hill tribes and for the Thai community needs to be recognized and supported. This organization truly cares about the children they look after and also about the other important issues they handles such as combating environmental Issues.

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schecter 10/17/2019

Dear Charlie, Thank you for your wonderful support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Warm Heart Worldwide Inc accomplishes is fully motivated by the intent to do the most good to the most people. This ideology can be seen in every project, from the orphanage to environmental sustainability, from public health to microenterprise. In order to sustain this ideal, Warm Heart management remains highly organized, cost-efficient, and inspired as reflected in their communication skills and overall efficiency. What makes Warm Heart stand out (and receive a "five-star" rating) is that their mission extends beyond their projects--Evelind and Michael are the physical embodiment of compassion and are some of the most generous and thoughtful people I have met. They fully utilize their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to help those they can. Those looking to work with/for Warm Heart can expect warmth, generosity, and efficiency from the start.

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schecter 09/12/2019

Dear Malory, Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer working with Warm Heart for many years. I see first hand how efficient they are at managing the donations they receive to operate their many programs. Which is why I am usually the first to make a donation when they are seeking money to fund a project. I am particularly interested in their higher education program, Smart Young Farmers project, and their environmental program. The work they are doing is so important, and has a positive impact on so many lives, it feels good to know that I am a part of that by donating what I can to help them be successful.

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schecter 09/12/2019

Dear CCDeleo Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Warm Heart for the past three years, and my admiration and respect for the founders Michael and Evelind continues to grow. They are truly dedicated and committed to providing the children an opportunity to a better life through education. It can not be easy having 46 children to care for, but they do it, day in and day out, year after year.

They provide a home visiting program for the seniors and disabled in the community, a service that connects extremely poor and forgotten people with a life line of caring.

You would think that would be enough, but those two programs are only the tip of the mountain that they are moving in Phrao to improve lives,

Warm Heart's Environmental Program is vast, and has an impact on not only the local residents of Phrao, it just starts from there, and spreads out like a ripple in water across the world.

My only regret is that I am not able to donate more to all of their programs. Each one deserves support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at Warm Heart was full of laughter and learning. I came to Warm Heart to help update marketing and PR practices. I was able to learn so much about creating content for small NGO's through testing different types of posts. I was also able to help update PR information. But, even more so, I was encouraged to participate in many different projects going on throughout Warm Heart. Whether it was Public health related or biochar or english learning classes I was able to experience something new weekly. Warm Heart has many different projects going and on and I think that's what makes them so successful. There is never a day where nothing is happening. Which means I got to learn about a little bit of everything.
The people of Warm Heart made goodbyes harder. From Evelind and Michael's passion for their work, to Big Aom's drive to make biochar successful, to Mali's never ending support for the volunteers needs, and of course the kids. The people really make it a place you will never forget, and honestly think about staying longer! But most of all, the volunteers the organization attracts made my days so joyful and fun. I laughed way too much and really enjoyed my time getting to know them. Some forever friends.
So I highly recommend Warm Heart if you are looking for a place where you can focus yourself on a specific project, but be exposed to many other things happening around you!

1 madisontart

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From my first phone call with Warm Heart's co-founder, Evelind Schecter, I knew that the organization was something special-- the genuine love that she and her husband, Michael, had for their work and the people that they live alongside and serve radiated through her words. I could already tell that my time at Warm Heart would be extremely transformative... little did I know just how much!

Warm Heart is a multifaceted NGO that serves rural northern Thailand in the areas of Education, Public Health, Microenterprise, and Environmental Sustainability. While there, my focus was Public Health and Education, and my duties within those areas included assisting the Warm Heart children with daily homework, teaching English classes, teaching special classes on subjects such as science or self-esteem building, and conducting regular public health visits to assist elderly and disabled members of the community. However, I often worked in other fields as well, performing tasks such as making Biochar, travelling to agricultural events, and advertising and planning for Warm Heart's 10th Anniversary celebration. While sometimes it was difficult to see how my work would be impactful in the grand scheme of Warm Heart's operation, Michael and Evelind, the kids, and the staff always served as a reminder that the greatest successes are accomplished through small victories that add up.

The most special part of my time at Warm Heart were the Thai people that I connected with. Never have I met more lovely, welcoming, (patient!), and kind individuals. From Warm Heart's children who will forever hold a large place in my heart, to the Warm Heart staff and community members of Phrao who endured my butchering of the Thai language, to those who I will consider lifelong friends, that is what truly sets Warm Heart apart-- the organization's relationships with the people that it serves, and the ability for volunteers who may only call Thailand home for a short while to feel as if they are deeply connected with those that they work for and alongside.

I feel so fortunate to have helped welcome Warm Heart into its 10th year of operation during my time there and I pray that it sees many more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Warm Heart during the summer 2018. This experience was wonderful. I had the opportunity to work on a project linked to my skills: the development of a smoked meat product in order to try to pull hill tribe villagers out of poverty. I also met in Warm Heart a huge family, where all the children have the opportunity to find their own path to a better future. I hope that Warm Heart will be able to give it them as long as possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to help Warm Heart twice, working on the smokehouse project. The working environment is awesome. Warm Heart really gives a better chance to children whose families need help. Then, WH tries to improve living standards of the community. It's a hard and long work, they need always your help on a project, don't hesitate to contribute to this scheme.

2 Alexandria C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose to spend ten weeks volunteering at Warm Heart because it offered me the opportunity to work on two things that I am most passionate about: education and healthcare. Of course, there were the additional challenges of a language barrier, cultural differences, and being 9,000 miles from home. I have learned more from my time at Warm Heart than I ever thought possible!

When my friends and family would call to ask about my plans for the day, more often than not, I responded with “I don’t know.” There have been very few instances in my life where I have given this answer for so many days in a row, and I have found the unknown quite exciting! I typically wake up knowing I will help the kids with their homework after school and teach English on Monday nights, but beyond that I have learned to go with the flow. I’ve gone on many home visits to the elderly and disabled with the Warm Heart staff, taken trips to the market in Phrao to buy ingredients for delicious Thursday night volunteer dinners, ran Warm Heart’s Instagram, made biochar, helped plan Warm Heart’s 10th Anniversary party, and even volunteered at Chiang Mai’s mango festival, in addition to other things. The majority of that does not fall under my original job description, but I have been more than happy to do it all. The diversity of experiences that Warm Heart allows its volunteers to have is extremely special. A lot of independence and trust is given to volunteers, so it is important to be confident and know that your efforts are making a difference and are greatly appreciated.

I am so grateful for the kindness I was shown, the knowledge I received, and the experiences I had during my time at Warm Heart. I have gained a new sense of independence and confidence that I’m sure will serve me well in the years to come. Warm Heart has incredible projects in the works and I cannot wait to see what they do next to benefit this beautiful community!


2 michdott

Donor

Rating: 5

Warm Heart is contributing on so many fronts - home and school for orphaned children, making big breakthroughs on global climate change, developing entrepreneurship opportunities for communities in developing nations, and more! Mike and Evelind are two great minds, with a passion to make a difference in a big way!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had the honor of visiting Warm Heart in Northern Thailand in November. Evelind and Mike are sane, energetic, focused contributors to the sustainability of the planet and to the lives of the under-served. I also met the smart, collaborative team at Warm Heart who are working on things that will make a difference in the world.

Very Inspirational!


1 AnnaleighBonds

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Warm Heart the summer of 2017 and while I went to lend my expertise, I learned a whole lot more from them than they probably did from me. This organization goes above and beyond to cover all the needs of the rural Thai community they serve. I was inspired by how much daily effort and thought goes into developing their community to be the best it can be. I saw firsthand how much every little donation counts and how much thought goes into putting money into the right places. Donors really are making a huge difference in this community with any support they can give.

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I came to Warm Heart around 3 months back. The experience here has been amazing. The team is energetic, driven and passionate about the community development. I worked on the Vocational Training Programs for the underprivileged youth in the neighbourhood and it has been an incredible journey so far. Would definitely recommend this organisation who wants to have a hands on experience in the social sector/community development projects.

2 Mykel M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first arrived to Warm Heart about 9 months ago with intentions of spending my gap year before university here. I can say without a doubt that this year has been one of the best in my life. All the various projects that I've been able to work on have given me real insight into how an international NGO actually runs. In addition to helping Warm Heart through their biochar initiatives, social media campaigns, English teaching, and fixing the daily issues that arise around the campus - volunteers are given the freedom to create projects to issues they care about with the support and guidance from the founders: Michael and Evelind.

Warm Heart has been one of the best decisions of my life - I would highly recommend this non-profit for anyone looking into getting started in community development.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am from Bhutan, I am interested on bio chart machine.. I would like to help our farmers in Bhutan to use bio chart to reduce forest fire for agriculture and improve the agriculture in our country... sorry if I have written in the wrong page..... pardon plz...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Warm Heart to help with their efforts at building a sustainable organic garden. Evelind and Michael were very helpful before arriving and extremely hospitable upon arrival. They really do try to make every single volunteer happy with their own needs and try to better their experience by involving them in local activities and other intresting things going on near by. I had the unfortunate luck of getting into a motorcycle crash while volunteering here and Warm Heart staff were the first to show up to the hospital and afterwards the Warm Heart staff made sure I made it to all my doctors appointments and tests at the hospital in Chiang mai . My experience would have been drastically differnt had it not been for this organization!

4 Markus_E_Neugschwandtner

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteering at Warm Heart and I love it. As a part of Warm Heart´s biochar project team I have the chance to learn a lot about sustainable and environmentally beneficial agriculture. We are not sitting in comfortable chairs and think up hot ideas which other people should implement – we go out, get our hands dirty and show the locals how they can improve their lives with adapting farming practices and creating new products that not only increase their income but are also beneficial to the environment. Air pollution reduction is a very important topic over here.

The founders and all the permanent staff are also great to work with. There is no typical boss who just tells his employees what to do; really everybody here does whatever is necessary to keep the things running – no task is too insignificant or beneath one´s dignity.

4 Lim X.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently volunteering at Warm Heart and the experience has been life-changing so far. Warm Heart cares about helping people to help people. Michael, Evelind and the staff put in great effort to make sure that the children are alright physically and mentally. When they say providing the children with a safe place to live in, they really mean what they say. They remember the name and backgrounds of all their children. They emphatise what the children have gone through in the past and treat all children like their own kids. Everyday, you will see some kids running to Michael and Evelind to ask for a hug.

I am working mainly on helping to create a positive mindset for the kids, teach English and Nagomi Pastel Arts (Thank You Card), help the graduating kids to build confidence and to understand what they want in the future through self-introduction crafting. In the afternoon, I will tag along with some of the staff to visit the special needs' children and the elderly in the villages to keep them occupied with some art and craft or just to lend a listening ear to them. On my side project, I helped to get my friends to donate used / new sports shoes for the 45 kids here and this initiatives help to give others a chance to help people in Phrao. And I can't wait to collect the shoes back to Warm Heart to see the smiles of our kids =)

Like all the other volunteers have mentioned, you get to initiate and have full empowerment to run your projects within Warm Heart. As long as you find it beneficial for the kids, you can always bounce your ideas off with Evelind and Michael. I like it that at Warm Heart, the kids decide on what they want to become in the future. That allows them to make their decision on what course to go to and where they wish to continue their further education.

The entire journey has been wonderful. I have gained more than I have given. In fact, staying in Warm Heart feels like a home away from home. For the past 1.5 months, I have learnt a lot from Warm Heart. I enjoy the simplicity and appreciation people have and in my mind, I've been thinking how can we better help to raise more money to support the kids to achieve their dreams.

You won’t regret volunteering in Warm Heart, Phrao, Chiang Mai. Warm Heart is located in Phrao, surrounded by mountains. If you wish to have a weekend getaway, Chiang Mai is located just 1.5 hours away.

Thank you Warm Heart!

Xuehui (Dawn)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living and sharing the children's everyday life showed me how simple happiness can be.
Evelind, Michael and the volunteers give their best day to day to make the children happy through the difficulties they had lived in the past.
Seeing the investment they put each day gives me the want to improve myself and help as much as I can in order to be part of those volunteers who bring love and joy in the children's journey.
How pleasant it is to meet and work with people giving 24 hours of their time to make others' life prettier.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

1 Olivia24

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!