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East-West Center presents US$10,000 to Rajaprajanugroh Foundation for tsunami relief

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BANGKOK (Feb. 18) - On behalf of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Chalintorn Burian, the Center's program representative in Thailand, presented a check in the amount of US$10,000 to the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation on Feb. 17. This money will be used to help victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that inundated coastal provinces in southern Thailand.

The money is part of a fundraising campaign undertaken by the East-West Center and made possible through the generosity of the people of Honolulu. Administrators of the East-West Center Tsunami Relief Fund designated that the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation would be among a select group of relief organizations in the region to receive support.

Dr. Burian is an East-West Center alumna and Regional Director of the Institute of International Education, Southeast Asia. She is also the U.S. Department of State's Regional Educational Advising Coordinator for East Asia and the Pacific. Secretary General Khwankeo Vajarodaya will receive the check on behalf of the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation.

The Rajaprajanugroh Foundation was selected to receive funds on the strength of its reputation in disaster relief. In the aftermath of the December disaster, His Majesty the King instructed the Foundation to provide food and medical supplies to areas affected by the tsunami. It has also provided support to hundreds of children who have been orphaned by the tragedy.

The East-West Center has had a long and mutually rewarding relationship with the people of Thailand, as indicated by the nearly 3,000 Thai scholars, research specialists, students and professionals in business, government, journalism and the arts who have participated in cooperative programs of study, training and dialogue since the Center was established in 1960.

For more information, contact:

Karen Knudsen
Director of External Affairs
East-West Center
(808) 944-7195
email: knudsenk@EastWestCenter.org