By choosing to stay at Sumalee you are helping us support the Wor Watthana gym located in Buriram, Isaan. Isaan is in the Northeast and is the poorest region of Thailand. Wor Wattana provides hope, opportunity, and a safe haven for young people in its environs. For every stay night at Sumalee, we will donate a portion of the income this project.
For those born into the Isaan region of Thailand, life can be very tough from the outset. It is a continual fight for survival and the opportunities available for success and progression are extremely limited. Young people from this region are often surrounded by drugs, alcohol, gang violence, sexual abuse, and worst of all, poor parenting. Usually the parents before them have had their own battles to contend with. It’s the same story from generation to generation.
Although largely confined to males, Muay Thai has offered a way out for many. Most of the trainers at Sumalee are from the Isaan region of Thailand. Our trainers, and many like them, through Muay Thai have been able to carve very successful careers for themselves, helping support their families whom they have had to leave behind. Two of the most famous Muay Thai fighters in the world, Saenchai Sor Kingstar and Buakaw Banchamek, are from Isaan and have enjoyed enormous success. They have become international superstars and have travelled widely sharing their knowledge and skills. As a result of its growing popularity, the opportunities provided by Muay Thai are growing, helping more people get out of the poverty trap.
Sumalee has always given back to the Muay Thai community in differentways. Over the years we have sponsored many fighters, both Thai and foreign, some of whom have gone on to establish very successful careers, with a few even opening their own gym.
By supporting the Wor Watthana project we are offering help where it is most needed, at the heart of a community based in Isaan. Our attention was drawn to the Wor Watthana project through an emotional fundraising appeal by Frances Watthanaya, who together with her Thai husband Boom, have created a local gym which doubles up as a safe haven for a growing number of children. Frances and Boom’s goal is to change young people’s lives forever by giving them hope and something to work for.
Currently around 20 children train at the gym where they have access to positive role models, fresh food, and support with their school work. Wor Watthana also fully supports (housing, schooling, training, transport etc) a handful of children, one of whom (Bpaet who is now 16 years old) who is a current Isaan Muay Thai Champion with an appearance at Rajadamern already under his belt.
You can read all about the Wor Watthana project on their website: https://www.worwatthana.com
Through your support, our monthly sponsorship program will go towards:
If you feel you want to do more to help with this project you can visit their gofundme page where you can also find out about the long term aims of the project: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/help-build-us-a-home