Eliza Taylor Wants to Build a School in Thailand

Eliza Taylor fights for what’s right as Clarke Griffin on The 100, and it seems that she also does so in real life.

Yesterday, Eliza announced on Twitter that, for the past couple of years, she has helped a pair of her best friends run Koh Tao International Primary, a non-profit primary school in Thailand.

Unfortunately, the space that the school has been renting has been sold, and they can’t afford to move. So Eliza and her friend have launched a GoFundMe to help the school acquire rent-free land.

From the GoFundMe campaign page:

As you have probably noticed from my instagram, I have two beautiful god children living on the Island of Koh Tao, Thailand – Kasper and Pepper. Their parents, two of my best friends, moved there from Australia seeking inner and outer peace, stronger community and stronger values for their children to grow up with.

We noticed that Kasper’s lovely Thai and Myanmar immigrant friends were slowly leaving the island, many without their parents, to go to school far away where they could get a better education at an affordable price. Most children would never be able to access anything above a basic Thai education, something that Myanmar immigrant children would never benefit from when they return home, where Thai is not spoken.

To cut a long story short, Claire and I decided we would attempt a Not for Profit School, that was run only to cover its own costs to keep the fees as low as possible. As we did the numbers we realised the more children that went to the school, the lower the school fees would go, and more children would have access to it. Most importantly – Families could stay together.

Two years later, the school has become a reality and the children are thriving. However, the space they rent together with a private kindergarten is being sold. The school can’t afford to move. When I came to visit I could see the education standard was fantastic, but if we could acheive rent free land then resources like playground equipment, proper sized classrooms and flushing toilets would be attainable.

So this is where you step in… My hope is that you and I together, can save Koh Tao International Primary. We can help to further develop the Not for Profit structure so that it can be replicated in other parts of the World like Thailand and Myanmar.

Any donation, no matter how big or small, will make a huge difference. We have a list of Thai and Burmese children waiting for the fees to lower so they can attend the school.

These kids really need us. Your contribution will mean the world to them and me.

Thank You,
Love EJ

I haven’t seen a lot of press about this and I wanted to spread the word. A lot of celebrities use their influence to do charity works such as this, but I feel like quite a few of them get lost in the shuffle or overshadowed by more famous people. I think it’s admirable what Eliza and her friends are doing; everyone everywhere deserves the right to an education, and you can believe that I’ll be making a contribution next week when I get paid.

In the spirit of helping, I encourage everyone to leave a comment about a charity project your favorite celeb is running that you feel isn’t getting the recognition it deserves.

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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