Schools of Hope

Schools of Hope is a Thai non-profit organization established in 2008. Its mission is to set up schools along the Thai/Burmese border to offer free basic education and proper assistance to disadvantaged children of displaced and migrant families from Shan State.

The first school opened in May 2009 in Arunotai/Nong Ook village, Chiang Mai province. Nong Ook is a small border town along a porous, unmarked border with Burma, where people continue to flee across the border to escape harsh conditions.

Today we provide more than 60 children (aged from 7 to 17 years) with learning materials, clothes, three healthy meals per day, healthcare and give a shelter to orphans and abandoned children.

Students at Schools of Hope (grade 1 to 11) learn to read and write Thai, Shan and English and get basic knowledge in mathematics, geography, history, science and local culture. We also help the children to develop social skills and offer them the possibility to follow vocational training (farming projects, environmental activities, etc.).

The school is run by Noom Hkurh, a teacher who gained his education from local organizations and NGO’s, and by Venerable Pramaha Virote, a monk with many years experience teaching and providing assistance to orphans and children in need.

The dedicated teachers/staff give students loving care and contribute to create a safe environment where the children can experience the feeling of being part of a big family.

Mission Statement

The mission of Schools of Hope is to create a better, brighter and safer future for children along the Thai-Burmese border by providing a home, a safe loving environment, room to grow, basic education, social and vocational skills and proper healthcare by promoting child rights.

We also intend to develop an educational network through collaboration with organizations such as the Thai education authorities and NGOs (local and international) on education policy, healthcare issues and humanitarian aid.


1. To support and give help to children in need.
2. To provide a safe and happy home for the children.
3. To assure good health and medical support for the children.
4. To provide the children with the opportunity for basic education and further study.
5. To establish structure and discipline, creating a peaceful family environment for the
6. To encourage the children to experience the love and joy of learning.
7. To introduce the children to local culture and promote the love of nature and the 
8. To improve the teaching, childcare and child development skills of staff.