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During COVID-19, OpenmindProjects had to close its center, for how long we did not know then. So we donated our equipment, inventory incl. computers to local schools. 

Now we need new equipment, computers, laptops, furniture and a new center. We prepare a virtual center/platform for local students and volunteers to meet and use the learning resources. It is almost ready, thanks to support from Microsoft and other IT companies.

We had to leave our old center but pay rent for almost two years without being able to use it! Instead of letting our equipment sit idle and stored, we decided to give it to schools for better use.

:: Life’s at OPM Learning Center ::

Our trainees talk about what they do and learn at our learning center.

We also want to host new trainees to groom them to help other young students and volunteers. And we need new staff.

And we are now supporting the local field projects, initially in Thailand, Nepal and later next year in Laos, Cambodia.

Next year we also intend to invite local students from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia to week long learning camps during holidays like we did before Covid.

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OpenmindProjects charity was founded more than 20 years ago to help local people and work in Southeast Asia with a local and global network of local people and international volunteers. We have always believed in modern tech and learning ideas to inspire and help poor children. We have done this at our center, in camps for young village students, and in village schools and eco-projects too.

COVID-19 disrupted all this work, but we decided to go online and restart on the ground later. Before COVID-19, we hosted some 400 Thai, Lao, Burmese, and Khmer trainees at our center, and over 3000 young Thai, Lao, Karen, and Burmese students joined our more than 80 learning camps that we arranged at our center and in Laos along the Burmese border in 2022/23.

During COVID-19, we arranged online training, camps, and programs for local students, with the help of our previous trainees, groomed at our center, and international volunteers. We also started working with our disabled students, a new and inspiring project that we continue now with online and on-site volunteer help. Many thanks to all!

And now we are slowly restarting on the ground with volunteer and donor help! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, from teaching students English and IT at schools and supporting eco-projects to helping us with social media, fundraising, developing training materials, web work, and volunteer contacts. Volunteers are welcome to help in all those fields now in-country, on-site, and also online!

But we need resources, local people, international and local volunteers. We need a new center and a virtual center too (almost ready with the help of Microsoft and some IT companies).

We need new equipment, laptops, furniture, and more, since we had to leave our old center. We paid rent for almost two COVID-19 years without being able to use it, losing money. Instead of letting our equipment sit idle in some storerooms for how long we did not know, we decided to give it to schools for better use!

And we want to host new trainees, to groom them to help other young students and volunteers. And we need new staff.

To do all what we did before COVID-19 requires time, so we are aware it will take time to get back and help all the people we helped before. But with our experience and network, we are confident to come back. We are already in a modest way coming back. But we need more volunteers, which is more difficult now with high air fares and the many international volunteer agencies with more resources for marketing and promotion. And we obviously need money to step by step fund what we want to do in 2024 and on.

So, any help from you will be a welcome help! We can actually help you with fundraising advice and support if you want to fundraise to help Openmind, help a volunteer, or yourself, to come here.

We and many local young people and volunteers believe OpenmindProjects is a great way to make a difference. We hope you can help and spread the word too!