akyra Manor Chiang Mai Gives Back To Local Community Through Sustainable School Development Initiative
Art-inspired five-star hotel akyra Manor Chiang Mai, through pioneering boutique AKARYN Hotel Group’s acclaimed Pure Blue Foundation, has launched an endeavour to support the young minds of northern Thailand by nurturing the needs of a school on the outskirts of the city.
The akyra Manor Chiang Mai team with children from Baan Pang Hai School in Mae Rim. From left to right: Jakrin Sintha, Chief Accountant; Nidarat Wutti, Assistant Executive Housekeeper; Christophe Gestin, Hotel Manager and Attaporn Banyor Director of Ban Pang Hai School, Borloei Lewongdeepong, Senior Health Education Professor; Chanatchada Manoraj Human Resources Manager.
The programme began on 13 May 2016 when akyra Manor Chiang Mai supplied books, stationary, sports equipment and medicine to Baan Pang Hai School in Mae Rim some 30 kilometres from the city.
Akyra Manor Chiang Mai, owned by Singapore-based Manor Group and managed by AKARYN Hotel Group, will continue supporting the kindergarten and primary/secondary school each month for the remainder of the year via initiatives like basic English conversation; basic computer programing; a cooking and cocktail-making class; the planting of vegetables and flowers at the school; the installation a water filter; a sports activity; an art activity; and a gift exchange at a Christmas/New Year party.
At the end of the year akyra Manor Chiang Mai and the Pure Blue Foundation’s legacy will remain at Baan Pang Hai School through the supply of nine much-needed computers as well as keyboards and mouses. The total cost of the programme is THB100,000.
The children will also be trained in traditional Thai and Lanna dance and will perform for akyra Manor Chiang Mai guests at Loi Krathong, one of the country’s most important festivals, and Christmas.
“We feel deeply privileged to be in a position to help another school through the Pure Blue Foundation,” said Ms Anchalika Kijkanakorn, AKARYN Hotel Group Founder and Managing Director. “Through this endeavour we are making a tangible difference to lives which is the fundamental ethos behind Pure Blue.”
The award-winning company’s altruistic enterprises include Aleenta Phuket-PhangNga’s work with nearby Baan Khao Pilai School for a number of years. In 2013-14, the resort gave away six scholarships to ensure the students had everything they needed to complete the school year.
Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga has also helped the school through donations of books, DVDs and other learning materials as well as pecuniary donations to aid with site maintenance and a project to rejuvenate the dilapidated playground.
The resort also arranges trips for students to the nearby Thai Mueang Turtle Sanctuary, which repopulates the rare leatherback species. The Pure Blue Foundation has supported the programme since its inception, furthering children’s marine conservation knowledge.
AKARYN Hotel Group’s original luxury beachfront property, Aleenta HuaHin-Pranburi, operates an organic farm on its grounds that not only supplies the resort with fruit and vegetables but also fills the plates of locals, who are allowed to take food home when they work the farm.