Wat Rang Chorake School is joyful again as Let’s Colour restored what the floods had taken away in the past years.
Every child around the world deserves a chance to feel happy in the classroom and to enjoy going to school. Kids from Wat Rang Chorake School in the Sena district in Ayutthaya Province didn’t have such an experience during the past few years, but now color has been brought back to their lives through our Let’s Colour story!
Floodwater washed the smiles away
Ayutthaya Province was hit very hard during the heavy flooding in 2016 and also later last year. Wat Rang Chorake School in the Sena district suffered the consequences – the school was left shattered, without proper surroundings and equipment for both pupils and teachers.
This small school which was introduced by Raks Thai Foundation, with just two teachers, provides education to 56 students from kindergarten to Prathom 6. Due to limited budget and resources, it had never been fully restored since the flood. That’s why Dulux decided to show up and bring some change.
Giving is the best way to help
A day before the Let’s Colour painting event, we hosted a charity activity – Dulux Wooden House. The idea was both to inspire the imaginative play that’s essential for a child’s social, mental and creative development and to encourage children and parents to share their smiles by giving away dolls, books, educational materials, and toys to those less fortunate children at Wat Rang Chorake School.
Our volunteers also spent time with the children, entertaining and engaging them in color drawing and playing fun games for skill development.
Mr. Thawatchai Chanachol, Director of Wat Rang Chorake School said “All the children, teachers and I are delighted by these wonderful activities. Moreover, we would like to thank you, AkzoNobel’s employees, who donated books, toys and other much appreciated things.”
Touched by these words and the happiness on the children’s faces, Let’s Colour volunteers had even more motivation to work and give their best the next day.
Bringing smiles back to school
To restore the Wat Rang Chorake School, Let’s Colour came to Thailand and organized “Dulux Brings Smile to School”. We gathered almost 50 AkzoNobel volunteer employees, 30 students, teachers and local people and then – action! All together, we were here to refresh the area and revive it with bright colors.
The action included renovation of a one-story wooden building, canteen/multi-purpose building, table sets, terrace and walkway. We have refreshed it with colorful and new eco-certified Dulux EasyCare Plus paints, which are very good because they are not just school-friendly and easy to clean up, but also had a protection against bacteria and fungus growth on walls.
As a lasting reminder of teamwork and togetherness, our volunteers decorated the multi-purpose building with a bright and colorful City of Heroes theme which is one of Dulux Far Away Places color concept. The City of Heroes wall will always be there to remind children and teachers of the fun and joy that everyone experienced during this Let’s Colour action.
“Children are our future”
Besides Mr. Thawatchai Chanachol who pointed out that now every child is excited and can’t wait to learn and play at the school in a fresh and creative environment, our employees also expressed their beliefs.
“I had a very good experience with the Dulux Brings Smile to School activity. Although it was hot and sweaty, but no one complained. I saw all of us were happy and joyful in renovating the school. Everyone wanted to help and really helped paint school with our good deeds and care for kids and our society. ” said Pakhin Sittiwet, Technical Services Manager, one of AkzoNobel volunteer employees.
Dave Payne, Managing Director of Akzo Nobel Paints (Thailand) also sent a strong message: “At AkzoNobel, we believe that children are our future. Supporting and nurturing young minds and assisting them can transform their lives for the better. Dulux Brings Smile to School campaign is a part of Dulux Let’s Colour initiative to make people’s lives more livable and inspiring. It is AkzoNobel’s way to make a difference in society and this activity has brought smiles to everyone.”
Other Let’s Colour actions
If you liked what we did in Wat Rang Chorake School, you will be very happy to hear it was not our first time coloring Thailand – last year we organized Let’s Colour Walls of Connection in Bangkok.
We have actions all around the world, so be sure to check them out too.
Find out more about Dulux in Thailand.