Children of the Forest
WANT TO HELP A CHILD, MEET LEWIS AND GET A TAX DEDUCTION?
In 2015, Lewis Black was proud to help sponsor the first Children of the Forest College Fund, with a goal of $25,000 per year to cover the entire cost of helping 11 kids through four years of college. Thanks to generous donations from YOU, we met that goal in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
We're reaching out to you again and asking you to help these excited students continue their education.
THREE WAYS TO DONATE
100% of your donation goes to help these kids!
- Donate $1,000: Receive 2 complimentary tickets and you + your guest will MEET Lewis at a show on his 2018-2019 tour.
- Donate $500: You + your guest will MEET Lewis at a show you already have tickets for. Tickets are NOT included in this level.
- Donate $100: You are entered into a random drawing for 2 complimentary tickets and you + your guest will MEET Lewis at a show on his 2018-2019 tour! One winner for every ten $100 donations received will be randomly selected.
- If you have already purchased fan club tickets, MAKE A NOTE of that in the comments field when you donate, and we will give you a SEAT UPGRADE to the front row of the fan club seats (in lieu of 2 complimentary tickets). VIEW TOUR DATES.
- Every charitable donation is 100% tax-deductible.
- Without the help and services provided by this amazing organization, these children would have little chance at life. YOU can change their lives.
⚠⚠️Tickets and meet & greets are subject to availability and some black-out dates may apply: Meet & Greets are no longer available for the Apr 14, 2019 show in N. Bethesda MD.
A update on how your contributions have benefitted these students.
Yen (pursuing a career in hotel management)
Yen is an 19 year old Mon boy in the final year of his hotel management course. As well as classroom learning, Yen has gained experience working at some of Kanchanaburi's best hotels and restaurants and has received several excellent job offers after he completes his course.
Gip (pursuing a degree as an art teacher)
Gip is a 21 year old Karen girl who is focused on her dream of becoming an Art teacher. She is not only interested in teaching Art but also using Art therapy to work with the high number of traumatized children in the border region.
Atai (pursuing a career in accounting)
Atai is a 17 year old girl from a poor farming village where exploitative labor provides the only income available. She has had numerous offers from companies seeking her employment. This has only been made possible due to the continued generosity and support of Lewis Black and his fans.
Tua (pursuing a career in community development)
Tua is a 22 year old Mon girl from a remote village on the Thai-Burmese border. She is determined to improve the environment of her village for other young children. She has gained the skills to encourage and guide the villagers themselves to strengthen and improve their communities.
Gozina (pursuing a career in nursing)
Gozina, a 19 year old girl from a family with only one parent and six siblings, has endured particular hardship. Her dream is to become a nurse. Fortunately, through the Lewis Black College Fund, she is eager to make her dream a reality by joining nursing college.
Ohn (pursuing a career in social work)
Ohn is a 21 year old girl from the Sangkhlaburi border area. After a wide range of social work training including disaster relief, family support and counselling, she is now both capable and eager to begin assisting her communities in the border region.
Yosa (persuing a career in accounting)
Yosa is now in the final year of her accounting course. Patient, meticulous and accurate, her teachers believe she will make an excellent accountant. After her graduation, she will become an excellent new addition to the COF team.
Somthip (persuing a career as a math teacher)
Somthip was one of the first children to graduate Children of the Forest elementary school. He is the sole provider for his mother and siblings, he never expected to even graduate high school. Hard working and academically gifted, Somthip is progressing excellently towards his goal of becoming a Math teacher.
A MESSAGE FROM CHILDREN OF THE FOREST
Children of the Forest was established in 2005 in response to the desperate needs of Karen, Mon and Burmese refugee and migrant children in the Thai-Burmese border region in the Kanchanaburi province in Thailand. We provide protection, education, healthcare and opportunities to stateless children and mothers in this border region. We began 10 years ago with a handful of children and today assist over 1,000 children per day.
Sadly most of these children are orphaned, abandoned and undocumented. Without the protective services provided by COF, most would fall into child slavery or worse.
We are thrilled and grateful that Lewis Black has generously given his support in sponsoring our first COF College Fund campaign. Eleven children will be continuing their education following graduation from the local Thai High School or our Home School Program. These children will be studying a variety of subjects including farming, mechanics, accounting, hotel management, IT, teaching and social work.
Once they complete their education, they are planning on coming back to their communities to help others who are in the same position they were in.
Please continue to watch this page for updates on the College Fund and the children who will be continuing their education. To learn about Children of the Forest’s many programs, please visit www.childrenoftheforest.org
We could not send these children to college without your generous support, so THANK YOU!
Children of the Forest is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We are a small group of volunteers who donate their time and energies in support of Children of the Forest in Thailand. 100% of your donation goes directly to the services and protection of the children.