On October 7th 2013, Phuket Governor – Mr. Maitri Inthusut presided over the presentation ceremony of the 2013 Khun Poom Scholarships to school children with autism and disabilities. Altogether 119 grants were given out, each with a value of 5,000 baht each. The governor was joined by PPAO Council Member – Mr. Sarot Angkanapilas and Director of PPAO Office of Education, Religion and Culture – Mr. Ouayporn Sakultan and other dignitaries. The ceremony took place at Prachakhom Hall at PPAO.
At the ceremony Mr. Maitri said “I would like to congratulate all awardees of the 2013 Khum Poom scholarships. Please use the grants to best suit the needs of your children so that they can develop their potential and help themselves. The scholarships will compliment your ongoing endeavor to support your children on one level but the success will largely depend on parents and guardians. We would like to extend our best wishes for parents in their determination and commitment so that their children achieve their full capacity and enjoy their rightful places in society.”
The Khun Poom Foundation owes its origin to the far-sightedness of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya who follows in the footstep of her father HM the King Bhumiphol in his tireless work to raise standard of living for the society and his subjects. Also, as a caring mother, Princess Ubolratana perceives that children with disabilities are not being given a chance in life normally accorded to other children. Concerned, the Princess has set up the Khun Poom Foundation from her own funds, on 14 January 2005, as a memorial to her late son, Khun Poom. The Princess herself is president of the Foundation which was officially certified as charitable organization number 573 on 28 February 2005. The Foundation aims to promote and develop potential of children and young people so that they grow up to be able and ethical individuals. It also supports groups with special needs, organizes activities to solve drug-related problems, helps with people affected by natural disasters, and other public charitable work without. The Foundation does not have any political affiliation.