Friends of Thailand, the official alumni organization of Peace Corps Thailand, has made helping out current PCV's one of its top priorities. The organization achieves this goal by providing financial support for Peace Corps Thailand Volunteer Projects. Friends of Thailand has sponsored 48 PCV projects in Thailand since 2002, in amounts ranging from $70 to $1300. Funded projects have ranged from assisting a local woman's cooperative develop a chili paste business to providing funds to build and install children's playground equipment in an urban housing project.
When Friends of Thailand was forming in 2001 then-current Country Director, Roger Harmon, specifically asked if they could help with PCV project sponsorship. This organization was able to make this a reality with the help of membership fees and special donations. Friends of Thailand President Carolyn Nickels remarked that providing this assistance to Peace Corps and the people of Thailand "has been our way of saying 'thank you' for all we have received as volunteers."
In 2007 FoT helped support PCV Welcome Bisson of Buriram in Northeastern Thailand assist a mushroom cooperative expand his base to include a new member (pictured above). Welcome assisted with the project and documented its successful launch for the Friends of Thailand community and website. Click here to see photos and narratives about the project.