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Latest News – Koh Phayam

Repairing & Providing Clean Water for the Moken Village.

Again we called upon Gary’s expertise to come and repair and secure the hand pump in the Moken Village.  Everyone came and helped, the men dug the well deeper, the kids lifted and carried all the equipment for us and of course Phillip was on hand for translation.  Now the water is flowing yet again and we eagerly look forward to some much needed rain to fill the well.  This well provides enough water for 100 people !!!!!

Thank you also to Mark from FED for his help

Thank you also to Mark from FED for his help

Everyone hard at work

Everyone hard at work

The only way to access the village, hoping for the bridge to be finished soon

The only way to access the village, hoping for the bridge to be finished soon

Helping the kids toward a Brighter Future

We have commenced repairing, painting and decorating an existing building in the Moken Village which will become a Learning Centre on 15th May.  The other building we will use is still under renovation due to termites and weather.  We expect this will be completed around the end of the month.

Thank you everyone who have braved the blazing heat to come over and help with all the work necessary.  Kids are really excited and so are we !!!!!

Cooling off with a refresing swim

Cooling off with a refreshing swim

Peace & serenity of the Village

Peace & serenity of the Village

Our lovely creative volunteers Meena & Zoe

Our lovely creative volunteers Meena & Zoe


Burmese HIV Project – Takuapa Hospital

The local hospital has a doctor who is an HIV specialist.

He is overworked as many hospitals refer their Burmese HIV patients to him, in part because he has had a Burmese couple who also speak Thai as coordinators.

They translate for many who don’t speak Thai, deliver medication and provide transport for some patients living in remote locations. They also meet with the doctor twice a week. Right now there is no funding for them, and their services are essential.

We need to find a commitment of $300.00 per month to support one of them.

For more details, please visit our our projects page: HIV & Hospital Program


Island Learning Tree – Koh Payam


One of the many great donations we are receiving..thanks Kim

All for Villages are proud to announce our newest community project on Koh Payam.

After consultation with the community, it was decided that we would open a multi-purpose space to incorporate services and support that are not provided on the island for the local people.

With the overwhelming support of family and friends, we raised the necessary funds to rent a building near the pier area for one year.  We are grateful to Kuhn Jock, a local Thai businessman, for discounting our rent heavily.  With the remaining funds, we purchased some needed equipment and have enough to run our Centre for one year.  We do, however need continue to fundraise to provide snacks, games and other necessary things for the kids here.

Amanda & Sue kindly came up to Koh Payam to help set up

Amanda & Sue kindly came up to Koh Payam to help set up

Our aim is to:

  • Teach English after school, weekends and school holidays.
  • Run art, health & yoga workshops with volunteers during high season.
  • Encourage those children not attending school to come and join us; learn, play and have some fun through art, games and yoga.
  • Provide support for anyone in the community interested in improving their English skills, whether written or spoken, through the day while the children are at school.
  • Provide support to all local business with creating menus, printing & translation where needed.  Currently they must travel to the mainland for these services. (This will be done on a donation basis so we can replenish stationary supplies).  Our dear friend P. Wit has been offering his services for translation as part of his donation and commitment to our Project.
The boys from the local Sea Gypsy Village decided to come check it out

Boys from the local Sea Gypsy Village decided to come check it out

Girls hard at work !!

Girls hard at work !!, doing whatever needed

Some of the first kids to come check out their new learning space

Some of the first kids to come check out their new space

Having fun after English Lessons

Having fun after English Lessons








Everyone is a volunteer, and All for Villages, being a non-profit make no money from this venture.  Thus we do rely on donations and volunteers to keep running.

Amanda & Gary, our founders always there to help out, thank you from all of us !!!

I am proud of what, we as a team have achieved in a short time.  I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Amanda de Normanville and Gary Soden for all their love and support of our project.  Also for travelling up to Koh Payam to help with the set up.  Also Sue Jones for working tirelessly over the weekend with us to get ready to open.  Not forgetting to our dedicated Board Members; Sharon, George & Marina for their confidence in our work and unending support.

We look forward to welcoming all of you to come visit us, hang out with the kids and enjoy the spirit that is All for Villages on Koh Payam.

If you are interested in volunteering please go to our contact page.  If you would like to donate, paypal is available.


Community Spirit on Koh Payam

It’s been almost one year since All for Villages began supporting the community of Koh Payam through:

  • Providing volunteers for the local school coordinated by Fiona
  • Creating a Mobile Vet Clinic with Dr. Sam and his wife Kuhn O

    Amanda always working hands on

    Amanda always working hands on

  • Cleaning and repairing wells organized by Gary and Amanda

What has been evident to us is the need for our work here to continue.  We have received overwhelming support from both locals and international visitors alike.

A big thank you to Josie McNaughton who volunteered with Fiona for 4 months in the local school.  Josie also helped with the mobile vet clinic run every two months and has returned home to Australia to continue her support through fundraising events.  We are very grateful to Josie and her family for their valuable contribution to our organization.

Last month, George, one of our founding board members also visited us here on Koh Payam with Gary and Amanda, during a scheduled vet visit.  George was invaluable with his skilled photography and helping hands. Gary cleaned and repaired the wells in the Mokien Village with the help of our friend Phillip, and thanks to George we have many wonderful photographs.   As a result they now have clean drinking water and are able to pump it through the new hand pump Gary installed.  This will improve the health and wellbeing of all the people living there.  Gary and Amanda will return in July and monitor how things are going.

Dr. Sam and his wife Kuhn O have now visited us on four occasions.  Each visit sees a new round of both cats and dogs being spayed and neutered across the island.  For each dog that is paid for, All for Villages provides the funds to treat other animals less fortunate for free.  A total of over 100 animals have so far been treated.  Fiona provides basic medication for free treating simple ailments, such as, mange, worms and tick and flea problems in between visits.  Dr. Sam will return in May for the next round of work.

George as Taxi for Gary to the village

George as Taxi for Gary to the village


The children at school continue to make beautiful cards that are sold across the island in many of the bungalows and restaurants.  This project set up by Fiona has given the children the opportunity to have a small income for themselves at the end of each month.  We would like to thank all those who have supported the kids of Koh Payam and their endeavours.

We would also like to thank Nara, a young local man, who is our go to boy for all our needs during our visits.  He provides transportation, carries all Dr. Sam’s equipment as well as organizing our accommodation.  During or visits his parents P Tao and Dao provide food and a warm family welcome at their restaurant, My BBQ Bar on Buffalo Bay.

All for Villages is proud to be associated with this special community.

A work in progress for Gary

A work in progress for Gary



Welcome to All For Villages

Team All for Villages at Koh Payam

Welcome to All for Villages new website.  We are committed to bringing you all the latest information and updates on our projects through our Blog and Facebook page.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful family and friends who, with your support, can continue our work and offer love and assistance to those less fortunate in our community.

We are proud of what we do and are excited about some new upcoming projects and ideas.

So happy reading, please feel free to leave a comment, we value your input and hope you can continue to support us.