Yaowawit School is a project of the “Children’s World Academy” Foundations, both registered as non-profit organizations in Germany and Thailand respectively. Our school was founded by the German Philanthropist Philipp Graf von Hardenberg to help the victims of the devastating Tsunami in 2004. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn officially opened Yaowawit School in April 2006 for the first 80 children.

After having seen the devastating state of parts of the Andaman coast only some days after the tsunami and spoken to many poor people who were already socially disadvantaged before the catastrophe but now are really in a helpless situation, I decided to help these people in the long term. I believe that the most important parts of my vision were and are . . . one, the children must be able to break out of the vicious circle of poverty by receiving a fundamentally first-class school and vocational education. Two, Yaowawit School must be a project mainly run and supervised by Thai people. And lastly, Yaowawit School must be able to generate its own income so all people involved feel responsible for the future of the project.” Philipp Graf von Hardenberg

We now provide 120 children (aged 3 to 18) with a home and a holistic (whole-person – brain, body and mind) education. This includes the Thai curriculum, English language, life skills and social and personal development. We do this with the aim of helping our children to become well-rounded individuals and productive members of society.