Telescopes for Thailand

by Astronomers Without Borders
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    on November 15, 2017
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Thoo Mweh Khee School needs to have telescopes to inspire the youth of rural Thailand into STEM education.

  Education, Astronomy

Astronomers Without Borders is running a global fundraising project called the BIG (Big Impact Giving) Project. The aim of this program is to help organisations and clubs raise funds to help them achieve their astronomy-related goals. These are microfunding campaigns, where the value is limited to a maximum of $500 USD (plus fees and charges). For a lot of clubs a small amount of money can make a big difference.

The following is by Kyle Taperek, teacher at Thoo Mweh Khee School:

What we need:

4 OneSky Telescopes 

Why we need it:

To help establish an astronomy club that will then become a class within Thoo Mweh Khee School and Thoo Mweh K-Post-10. The goal is to provide the students with technology that will help them learn outside of the classroom, outside of the books and the rote learning, something that will engage their minds and their hearts.

"Not only is a there a gap of knowledge and understanding about space, there's a lost opportunity for awe and wonder as well."

About the Thoo Mweh Khee School: 

The school has been around since 2002, back then it only had a handful of students and two or three teachers. Since then it has grown tremendously, now there are over 500 students and 30 teachers. Thoo Mweh Khee School (TMK or TMKS) is the primary learning school, providing education to grades kindergarten through grade 10. Once students finish grade 10 they receive a TMKS diploma, recognized by migrant education, but really no where else. TMK also has a Post-10 school. The Post-10 is broken into two schools, Language and Community Development (LCD) and the Bachelor's of Language Arts (BLA) program. The LCD program is a two year program, and the BLA is a four year program (with students earning their first year credits in the LCD program.)

The school hosts students from the surrounding villages, refugee camps, and from across the boarder.

The school has a dormitory, so students who are unable to return home throughout the year can stay and study. The majority of the students come from refugee families and/or are not able to study in their own villages because there is no school, or the quality of education is low.

The school itself is located in rural western Thailand, very close to the border of Burma. The school has its own garden to attempt to provide for the students.

More information about TMK can be found at

"We inspire the next generation of children by enabling them to reach their potential"

  Budget Breakdown

$420 - 4 One Sky Telescopes (AWB cost price)

+ $92 (AWB expenses and Fiat Physica fees (8%)

=$512 Total

This campaign will be run on 'flexible funding', so for every $105 raised we will be sending a One Sky Telescope to Thailand, if we raise part of $105, this will be used to send other astronomy supplies such as solar glasses and spectroscopes.

  Risks and Challenges

We will purchase however many telescopes for the funds we raise and put the balance to shipping fees.


Telescopes for Thailand

Thoo Mweh Khee School needs to have telescopes to inspire the youth of rural Thailand into STEM education.