Community and Environmental Initiatives
The Sarojin recognises the responsibility it has as a corporate citizen and is dedicated to supporting the local community and the environment.
The Sarojin Khao Lak Community Fund was established prior to the opening of the resort and as a first response to the 26 December 2004 Tsunami.
As Executive Director, Andrew Kemp explains: "To date, in combination with our international contacts and partners we have been able to support a significant number of projects in Khao Lak, wider Phang Nga Province, Thailand and emergency relief in Myanmar (Burma) for cyclone Nargis."
To date The Sarojin Khao Lak Community Fund has contributed to a number of projects, including: medical provision for prosthetic limbs; child care and orphanage support; school classroom buildings and equipment; road building and street lighting; animal welfare and supporting a full time veterinary surgeon; landscape replanting and regeneration; and boat yard and longtail boat building, restoring the local fishing fleet. The Sarojin offers hotel trainee placements to older students from the Baan Than Namchai Orphanage.
100% of The Sarojin Khao Lak Community Fund is distributed to community projects in Khao Lak in Phang Nga Province.
The Camillian Social Centre
BAAN THAN NAMCHAI ORPHANAGE
Baan Than Namchai Orphanage, (BTNC), www.bnc.or.th, is approximately 15 minutes’ drive north from The Sarojin. The orphanage was set up as an immediate response to the December 2004 tsunami by volunteers from The Duang Prateep Foundation, who were working with slum children in Bangkok providing schooling and medical care. Initially existing in tents and meant only as a temporary solution, the need for a permanent orphanage became quickly apparent. The orphanage moved into permanent buildings in 2006. Today, BTNC provides home for 85 children with an environment focused very much on love, care and education.
Today the children range from age 14 months to 21 years. Now nine years on several of the older children are becoming real success stories, studying at university and acting as role models for the younger ones; fueling their dreams and ambitions together to become lawyers, doctors, pilots, teachers. An overriding theme is that these children are keen to give back. Please click here for more information.
74 CHILDREN DRESSED TO IMPRESS, JUNE 2011
The Sarojin Khao Lak Community Fund presented each of the 74 children of Baan Tharn Nam Chai Orphange with a new school uniform. The presentation day was hosted by The Sarojin staff at the orphange and consisted of games and prizes, lunch, dancing and an immense amount of laughter and fun. Our greatest thanks to those who donated to the fund to make this happen.
MARATHON & TRIATHLON FOR THE COMMUNITY, 2012-2010
2nd December 2012, owner of The Sarojin Kate Kemp completed her first 42km marathon in Singapore. With a time of 4 hours and 58 minutes in the humidity and heat of Singapore, Kate cam 273rd out of 1,948 Female runners. Kate was truly delighted to complete the marathon and in doing so raise awareness and much needed funds fot The Camillian Social Centre. for the The Camillian Social Centre.
It was a great success and a fantastic THB 96,948 (approx USD 3,200) was raised for the Camillian Social Centre. As well it brought about much awareness for the centre and Down's Syndrome.
28 November 2010: Kate Kemp, took part in and completed her first ever triathlon in Phuket on Sunday, 28 November 2010. Greater than the Olympic distance, the course comprised a 1.8km swim, 55km bike and 12km run. Kate completed the course in a very credible 3 hours and 52 minutes and finished 298th out of 625 starters. Thank you to everyone who gave donations and sponsored Kate – we raised total of USD 855 for charity.
WALK & BIKE FOR THE COMMUNITY, 2013-2008
Bike for the Community 24 Nov 2013
"Team Sarojin" comprising of sixty staff, families and guests participated in a 30km "1st Charity Bike Ride for Children Living with Disabilities". The event was a collaboration of the Camillian Social Centre in Takuapa, The Sarojin and The Bike for Health Phang Nga Cycle Club.
Walk for the Community: 15 June 2008
Ninety-four staff and families of The Sarojin participated in a 5km fund raiser walk on 15 June 2008. Thank you to everyone who gave donations – we raised an amazing USD 9,000!
The Fund is administered by The Board of Directors of The Sarojin, senior Sarojin staff as well as local community leaders and the bank.
Significant commitments from the fund to date have been made in the presence of the Governor of Phang Nga Province, the Local Chief of Police and District Officers.