Zeavola “Baan Laem Tong School” Koh Phi Phi
Zeavola Resort donates three US dollar to this lunch program for every single night the guests stay and invites all guests to participate in this project by offering the food to kids every Friday during their lunch.
Baan Laem Tong school is only 5 minutes walk away from the hotel. The early riser is able to watch the lovely dressed primary school students walking along the beach towards the school in the morning or on their return around 4 pm.
These kids come from the local Sea Gypsy village close by. The Sea Gypsies are their own ethnic group within Thailand. They where invited to settle down by his Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
He looked after them to receive ID cards in order for their Kids to participate in the public school system. The school is very small with about 40 kids guiding them through out the age of 13 years.
Zeavola Resort is committed to cook for kids and teachers every Friday all around their school year. Normally the teachers look after this task. They shop on Sunday and bring the food back to the island.
They cook from Monday to Thursday and then most of the time they run out of food. This is where the kitchen team of the Zeavola comes in.
Friday the last school day of each week, is our turn to cook for them in the kitchen of our staff canteen. The Zeavola Family provides soup, main course and dessert as well as lemonade for all kids and teachers. Mr. Sinchai the head of security is looking after this in dedicated fashion.
He also instills a sense of democracy as every week after the meal he conducts a vote on next weeks meal. Everybody can scream out their favorite dish and after collecting 5 – 6 there is a public vote by raising their hands on what will be the next meal. It is amazing how simple their culinary wishes are.
So sometimes we throw in a chocolate cake for good measure. Our island kids are simple, friendly and grow up in a very natural setting there is nothing that bothers them since the world is still a wonderful place to discover.
“Located in a remote area it has proved very difficult for the school to secure any budget from the local authority”