In this newsletter read about hot showers for orphans in Thailand, building more toilets in Cambodia, volunteers from the US and sponsorship from Zodiac Aerospace
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Hello everyone,

The year started with many new developments, challenges and activities. We are an organisation in constant motion and what makes it all rewarding and exciting is that we efficiently support a growing number of people.

In our newsletter you will find more information about two of our special projects and how a company and two volunteers help us.

Let’s start with a few highlights:

  • Last month His Excellency Mr. Karel Hartogh, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Thailand, visited our office in Chiang Mai. The Ambassador showed great interest in our work and we talked for almost three hours about our projects and future plans.
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333TRAVEL grants wishes for Mary’s Sweet Home Orphanage

Eight children living at the orphanage now have hot showers and more. Read more

Our sponsors finance 39 more toilets

Promoting health and hygiene in rural villages around Siem Reap.
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How community-centred projects can curb trafficking in SE Asia

Interview with our volunteers Bob and Fran German. Read more

Dutch manufacturing company moves us forward in 2016

Zodiac Aerospace sponsors our travel costs and more. Read more


  • We are very happy to introduce you to our new colleague Lani Hollander, who joined us as Associate Director. A very warm welcome to you, Lani!
  • In January, long term supporters Adriènne Kranendonk and Dick Stevens of VideoScope paid us a visit to film our projects in Cambodia and Thailand. Their videos, like the ones they made for us in 2013, do a much better job than words ever will to show what we do and why we do it. To celebrate VideoScope’s 10th anniversary, they will donate € 50 for every film they produce this year towards our ‘Toilets Project’ in Cambodia.
  • We are inspired and encouraged by a growing support from companies and individuals who like our ‘bottom-up’ approach of involving disadvantaged communities and discussing sustainable solutions for their challenges. This confirms to us that we are on the right track.

If you have questions, remarks and/or ideas about our work please share them with us. Send us an email to

With your continued support we feel strong. Thank you, on behalf of all the people we help.
Philanthropy Connections Team​


333TRAVEL grants wishes for Mary’s Sweet Home Orphanage

VideoScope made this short video of the project

Mary’s Sweet Home Orphanage (MSHO) is a safe haven for eight vulnerable children who lack the care of their parents. They are either orphans, or their parents cannot take care of them. The home is situated in a mountainous area in northwest Thailand. During winter the temperatures in this region can reach far below 10°C (50°F). With only cold water to wash themselves, the children often get sick. Thanks to our sponsor, Dutch travel organisation 333TRAVEL, the children have hot showers now.
In the evenings MSHO runs English language classes for 75 children from the village. 333TRAVEL also paid for the construction of a proper office for the staff. Philanthropy Connections finances the running costs. 333TRAVEL agreed to finance other urgent needs of the orphanage. We are currently discussing plans for a homework room for the children.

Our sponsors finance 39 more toilets

Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organisation (KAKO) is a Cambodian non-profit organisation that implements community development projects in the province of Siem Reap. One of the projects they focus on is building toilets in rural villages and promoting health and hygiene.

Since we started raising funds in November 2011 almost 100 toilets have been built and thanks to four sponsors the construction of another 39 is under way. Approximately 200 more adults and children will have access to toilets! KAKO also trains the villagers how to use the toilets and on good hygiene practices to help avoid diseases.

How community-centred projects can curb trafficking in SE Asia

Our team would like to thank human rights activists Bob and Fran German for their volunteer work for our organisation. Their background is in business and leadership consulting. Sharing their expertise, they helped us develop a Strategic Plan that provides unified direction with clear goals that we can all work to achieve over the next three years.

Americans Bob and Fran visit Chiang Mai, Thailand for several months every year. They are primarily engaged in increasing awareness, raising funds and working with productive non-profit organisations to counter human trafficking and child slavery.  

When asked about combatting human trafficking, Bob said, “The root cause of human trafficking in Southeast Asia is poverty. This leads to hopelessness, desperation and vulnerability to traffickers. The best way to prevent this is through education and independence.”  Fran added, “It is community-empowering projects like PCF undertakes that make a real difference in curbing modern-day slavery. They foster self-sufficiency, build confidence, and create a desire for an independent future.” 

Our projects cover a variety of essential needs including education, health issues, housing and safety. But what attracted Bob and Fran most to volunteer with PCF is that our projects give hope to people and enable them to help themselves. 

Bob and Fran commented that, “Our goal is to die late as possible!  And the way to do this is by serving others.” 

Dutch manufacturing company moves us forward in 2016

PCF is grateful to Dutch airline trolley manufacturer, Zodiac Aerospace, for sponsoring our travel costs.

In addition to this generous sponsorship they also donated a 'themed' airline trolley with our logo and pictures of our projects and a ‘Foundation signboard’ with our logo and contact information. We are currently discussing ways that PCF and Zodiac can team up to support projects in Thailand together.

Watch the video of Mary's Sweet Home Orphanage
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