In 2001 we pioneered IT learning for the poor. We started by the Mekong River on the Thai Laos border and went on to Southeast Asia

OpenmindProjects is foundation, a charity, NGO.

In 2001 we started ‘IT in Isaan’, an IT and learning project in Northeast Thailand, dedicated to reduce poverty. Our first projects were a rice farmer village and two orphan homes. We let the kids explore what they could do with a computer and discover by themselves. We called it ‘Demonstrate, Explore, Discover’. ‘Learning by Doing’ has become OpenmindProjects philosophy!

Founded and registered 2002 as OpenmindProjects in Thailand (2/2556), our work is supported by a network of local and global supporters, trainee alumni, volunteers and advisors.

We strive to use the opportunities of tech and 21st century learning ideas to promote learning and fight poverty. We have done and do this with limited resources, supported by volunteers and donations.

In 2020 COVID-19 hit the world! It disrupted our work.

Read about OpenmindProjects    ADAPTING TO AFTER COVID

Our Mission

Creating Learners

Fight poverty by inspiring young people. Give them confidence and opportunities to learn and to use the knowledge.

Our 3 campaigns: 

Our Vision

Village girls and boys realize their dreams

A world where young but poor people learned to help themselves and each other to overcome poverty.

Our Values

Equal opportunities

Modern learning and technology should be available to all, regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity. 

Our Action

Years of
10 K+
Inspired learners
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Ending Poverty

We empower disadvantaged people by providing better learning opportunities.

Equal Opportunities

We empower young women and men for equal education and job opportunities.

Creating Learners

We create proactive, confident and lifelong learners.

Combating Climate Change

We create awareness climate change.

Meet some of us

Sven Mauleon, from Sweden, Cofounder, Chairperson.

Gaweechat Jompaula,  Cofounder, Director

Gorawan Joompaula,

Thitichaya Boonsom,
South Thailand Coordinator.

Christian Heyer
Lead IT Developer.

Shireen Weston – UK, Volunteer Trainer and Contact.

Arif & Kauser Essaji – UK, Volunteer Trainers and Contacts. 

Jim Brown – USA, Openmind Editor, Volunteer Contact.

Anastasia – Ukraine, volunteer trainer, IT advisor

Kevin McCormack – New Zealand, volunteer and construction, maintenance advisor

 Pharinya Auttho (James), Thailand, Camp Leader, Trainee Alumni. Student international relations.





Khem , Laos, Camp Leader, Trainee Alumni. Videographer, entrepreneur. 

Volunteer Advisors

Orawan Kasemsuk – Thailand

Ana Panchenko – Ukraine

Pharinya Auttho, James – Thailand

Terry Friar – Australia

Pradip Patel – UK/Thailand

Christine Nadeau – Canada

Isabelle Jauffret – France

Kevin Mc Cormack – New Zealand

Mike Fulton – USA

Elvy Westlund – Sweden

Katie Connolly – UK

Francis Ponce – France

Arne  Skalleberg – Norway

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