The money had been raised through a series of fundraising events, including staff garage sales and a silent auction that included stays at the resort’s Presidential Bensley Suite.
Most of the money will go to provide food, shelter and education facilities for many of the Burmese children staying at Blue House – a project of the Good Shepherd Learning Centre.
“Regardless of their nationalities, compassion to humanity is the most significant way in which we would like to offer our continuous support,” Kelly Lewis, the General Manager of Indigo Pearl said.
When the Good Shepherd Learning Centre was set up in late 2010, it consisted of just three concrete blocks with fencing around it and a roof. There were no tables or chairs, just a blackboard and a committed teacher.
The centre was set up to teach English and Thai to Burmese children – many of whom are orphans – so that they could eventually make the transition into the Thai education system. There are now 80 children currently enrolled for classes, varying in ages from three to 14.
Mr Lewis said, “As the number of children is growing, the school provides a much safer environment for many who are currently at significant risk, especially of human trafficking.”
To learn more about the Good Shepherd Sisters and their work in Phuket, please visit: www.thegoodshepherd.info