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Kids Ark Staff

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In her native Sweden, Rita Holm Gustafsson is a registered nurse and nurse educator. She has worked in various fields ranging from 25 years of teaching to information about HIV policy. Furthermore she has worked several years in managing positions at the Foundation Noaks Ark´s department for people living with HIV and their relatives as well as at a Red Cross center for migrants, refugees and people living with disability. Together with her late husband Allan Gustafsson she founded Kids Ark Foundation Thailand.

Managing Director
Suthee Chivaphongse is a qualified Certified Chartered Accountant from the UK and a member of the Thai Institute of Directors.  He lived and worked in the UK for over 10 years before returned home in Thailand.  His role as a senior management in the global manufacturing and oil & gas industry provides him opportunities to travel to many countries around the world.  Traveling abroad allows him to see the differences on the culture, standard of living and education between Thailand and those countries.  With the aim to close these gaps, he, therefore, decided to join Kids Arks in 2017 as a volunteer.





Office and financial manager
DaorueangTanoy, Annie, Maew
Annie manages the scholarship programme and is responsible for financial and administrative management. She worked as a primary school teacher before joining Kids Ark Foundation in 2004



ya_websiteSupervisor for Houses of Hope and Day Care Center
NittayaTuitiem, Ya, joined Kids Ark Foundation in 2004. She supervises the House of Hope after-school programmes and daycare centre. She also co-manages the scholarship programme. Previously she worked as a high school teacher and volunteered at a government village fund project.




Reponsible for handicraft activities

Resa Somboonphunperm studied sewing and dressmaking at Banmarina foundation and went on to become a teacher there. She has also worked with disabled persons at Prae province and taught sewing to Hmong ethnic women. She has works at Kids Ark Foundation since 2004.



Project staff:

House of Hope 1

DSCN0223House of Hope 1 Leader
ChaiyaKaerpai( Air)is the leader of House of Hope1. He comes from Sansai sub-district where the house is situated and joined the programme in 2007.He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.



Supaporn_HOH_1_YingAssistant Leader
Supaporn Maschakam, Ying, is the assistant leader of House of Hope 1. A high-school graduate, she obtained a diploma as nurse assistant while working at House of Hope thanks to a Kids Ark education allowance for staff. She joined the programme in 2007.



House of Hope 2 was taken over by local authorities in 2013

House of Hope 3

House of Hope 3 Leader

My name is Kanokwan Poonudom. I am 32 years old. I graduated in 2008 At Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Clothing and Apparel, home economics. In 2010, I worked at Kids Ark Foundation, project leader of House of Hope 3, which was established at Watmeakadnoi School Sansai, Chiang Mai. I have been working here for 5 years. I am very happy and proud to work here. Until 2015, I had to quit my job because I have to look after my son and worked with my husband at my husband at the H.E.L.P Thailand Foundation, an orphanage. In 2018, I returned to work at the Kids Ark Foundation. The Project has changed the location of House of Hope 3 to Baan Pa Mued School, San Sai District, Chiang Mai. I hope I can develop and train myself to help and take a good care of the children here, just like the children I have cared for them.


Kajorn_HOH3Cook and House mother
Khajorn Baisukan is the cook at House of Hope 3 and her food is much appreciated by all the children! She has two daughters and a grandson and she comes from Sansai Chiang Mai. She began working at House of Hope in 2010.



House of Hope 4 

DeannapaChaiworng, Tik, is a former teacher assistant at an elementary government school and lives in Mea-I district Chiang Mai with her two children. She joined House of Hope 4 in November 2015.



nichanaAssistant Leader
RatchaneeChaisiriprom is a high school graduate and previously worked as a nurse assistant at a public health clinic near her village. She has 2 children.





Daycare Centre Leader
Patcharee Surinta leads the Daycare Center at Banhoymonngnai village and has more than 18 years experience in working with children. She has worked as a teacher assistant in the Kids Ark-supported school Banhoymongnai school and as a teacher at daycare centers in villages throughout MaeAi district. In her free time she is studying a Home Economics Programme in Child and Family Development at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University.



Assistant Leader

Achara Jatae , joined Kids Ark Foundation 2016 , she is Daycare center assistant and also a member of the  project called  Developing Opportunities for Families in Need focusing on women in Baan Hoymuangnai village. She graduated in junior High School and she is now  studying in high school, she very glad and happy to work with Kids Ark and can help the children in her village .


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