With the recent launch of the global Give for Youth Micro-Giving portal, Microsoft Thailand aims to encourage Thai donors to support specific youth projects initiated by nonprofit and social enterprises. Starting from a minimum donation amount of 300 baht (US$10), the new portal enables donors to fund and follow the dreams of young people both in Thailand and other parts of the world. 

One of the micro-projects supported by the Give for Youth programme is the School Poverty Eradication Farm venture, which trains Thai youth to operate a four-acre farm

The Give for Youth website currently lists hundreds of micro-projects — limited to a budget of US$250 to US$10,000 — around the world. The objective is to support young people in their quest to obtain the tools and resources they need to find a job, continue their education and training, or start a business or social venture. 

An example of a current micro-project in Thailand is the training of Thai youth to operate a four-acre School Poverty Eradication Farm in Buriram province under the supervision of The Population and Community Development Association

The training, with the aim of eradicating poverty among young Thais in the rural provinces, will enable young people to acquire the agricultural skills and experience to start similar activities with their own families. Profits from the farming activities will be reinvested, donated to charitable causes and used to pay for operating expenses. The success of the School Poverty Eradication Farm venture will also help establish a sustainable basis for securing future funding or loans for the expansion of farming operations. 

“The Give for Youth Micro-Giving website is a great example of Microsoft’s commitment to improve the lives of our youth, in line with our ‘We Make 70 Million Lives Better’ mission. We encourage the people of Thailand to donate and help fulfil the dreams of young people,” said Supahrat Juramongkol, Microsoft Citizenship Thailand. 

Give for Youth is a Microsoft YouthSpark programme, a companywide initiative aimed at creating education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 300 million youth around the world over the next three years.

“The Give for Youth Micro Giving website is a great example of Microsoft’s commitment to improve the lives of young people in Thailand.”

- Supahrat Juramongkol, Microsoft Citizenship Thailand, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited

For more information, please visit, www.GiveforYouth.org