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HM the King Accepts Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under Royal Patronage

18 April 2021 (Readers 870)


His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua has graciously accepted the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under his royal patronage and agreed to serve as the "patron of the foundation.

The Rajaprajanugroh Foundation was established after a typhoon devastated the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat in 1962. About 600 people lost their lives and there were hundreds more casualties, with hardly any medical services within reach.

When news of the catastrophe reached the attention of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great (Rama IX), he was among the first to move into action. He immediately made a nationwide appeal through the mass media to provide relief for the storms victims. The appeal for public assistance met with a tremendous response and donations flowed into Chitralada Villa.

So much money was given that there was enough left over at the end to form working capital for a relief foundation, which was registered on 23 August 1963. Known as Rajaprajanugroh Foundation, the foundation was established to relieve victims of natural and other disasters. Rajaprajanugroh means the "King (raja) and the "people (praja) helping one another.

The foundation also grants scholarships to orphaned children. There are currently 58 Rajaprajanugroh schools built by the foundation in various areas of the country for children in poverty-stricken and disaster-hit areas. The foundation also provides support for another eight schools.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua has carried forward his leadership as the pillar of the nation, following in the footsteps of his Royal Father. He stands side by side with the people affected by disasters and is developing the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation as a rapid mobile unit to provide assistance to needy people.

The foundation has also provided water tanks for drought-hit villages, air purifiers against pollutants and PM 2.5 dust, and equipment against COVID-19.

Interested persons wishing to offer donations to the foundation may call 0-2281-1902.


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