In 2001 we launched the IT in Isan project as a poor kids’ chance to leave poverty. The first projects were a rice farmer village and two orphan homes in the poor northeast of Thailand. Sven from Sweden and Gaweechat from Thailand set out to find how disadvantaged kids might use IT and internet to learn. We gave them computers and demonstrated how to use them. We let them explore and discover to learn by themselves. We called it ‘Demonstrate, Explore to Discover’. That and ‘Learning by Doing’ have become Openmind Projects learning philosophies! The IT in Isan project became Openmind Projects. Since then young trainees from Southeast Asia are invited on a rotating basis invited to stay and study at our Training Center where we also arrange week long Learning Camps for village children. International volunteers have become a welcome and valuable contribution to work at our Center and other projects.
Fighting poverty by inspiring young people, giving them confidence and opportunities to learn and to use that knowledge. Therefore our 3 campaigns:
- Creating Learners at our Camps
- Dare to Dream at our Training Center
- She is More, empowering village women and entrepreneurs
Village girls and boys learning to realize their dreams
A world of hope and life long learners where poor people learned to help themselves and each other to overcome poverty.
Quality education and modern technology should be for available to everyone, regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
Knowledge and skills are the keys ! We empower disadvantaged people by providing better learning opportunities ! Our Three Pillars : our training center, our learning camps and our field projects.
we focus on empowering women and men for better to obtain better and equal education / job opportunities.
We work towards creating proactive, confident and lifelong learners who will obtain decent job opportunities and conditions.
Combating Climate Change
We are creating awareness about the causes and effects of climate change and what must be done by the individual as well as society to fight against it.
OMP cofounder and chairperson. Project and also training advisor
Gaweechat Jompaula OMP cofounder and director. Project manager and lead developer
Administrative and Projects Coordinator
South Thailand Projects Coordinator
Lead developer, software engineer, Mobile app specialist, UI/UX Designer.
Shireen Weston – UK
Arif & Kauser Essaji –UK
Jim Brown – USA
Anastasia – Ukraine
Kevin McCormack – New Zealand
Pharinya Auttho (James)
Camp Leader / OMP trainee Alumni – Thailand
Khem – Camp Leader / OMP trainee Alumni – Laos
Orawan – Thailand
Pradip Patel – UK/Thailand
Terry – Australia
Christine Nadeau – Canada
Isabelle Jauffret – France
Mike Fulton – USA
Elvy Westlund – Sweden
Katie Connolly – UK
Francis Ponce – France
Arne – Norway