To commemorate 30 years of being Miss Universe (1988), Bui Simon, President of Angels Wings Foundation awarded 30 most committed young Thai students 2018 educational scholarships. Students were selected from throughout mostly rural Thailand, including areas located in the north, northeast, south, central as well as in Bangkok. The program aims to offer vital opportunities for deserving students and create educational mentors who are committed to serving in rural areas and their own home municipalities.
Dr. Pusadee Thamtai, BMA's Deputy Governor, invites Bui Simon, Founder of Angels Wings Foundation as a guest speaker for the Wattana Wittaya Academy all girls school, grades 10th-12th. "What an inspiring day being surrounded by such joyful, intelligent young women. I have no doubt that each and every one of the impressive young women, at this esteemed school, will have incredible futures," Bui Simon.
I am so proud to have shared such a special moment with the families of our 26 Thai recipients at our very first Angels Wings scholarship awards ceremony, in Los Angeles. This initiative is very dear to my heart, for it wasn’t too long ago that I was just like them growing up as a Thai in Los Angeles. These students remind me of the resilience it takes to grow up in another country and how important the Thai community is to the transition between these two worlds. Without question, the students have the same gratitude I had of having a U.S. education, while rooted in our Thai culture due to our courageous parents. Now as a big sister, I get to support their dreams and congratulate them on their extraordinary journey! Thank you Thai Consul General Tanee Sangrat for joining me in this meaningful celebration.
One of our last stops during our trip in Bangkok was to Klongtoey Elementary School. Outside of the scholarships and long term commitment to school improvements, sometimes the most rewarding moments during are the little things like adoring the joyful faces of the students during an ice cream treat. Another heartwarming and unforgettable visit to cherish.
Returning to the beautiful province of Chiang Mai has never been more sentimental for me than this trip with all my children! Today we hosted lunch and provided supplies to the 700 precious orphans at Wat Donjan orphanage. To watch my children embrace my beloved culture and experience the importance of giving was truly extraordinary.
Angels Wings Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the Tumbon Nong Gung Nongkung School located in Ubolrajatanee Province. This is one of many schools that Founder, Bui Simon has developed throughout the rural areas of Thailand to help improve educational standards and to offer the students and community a place of hope for a brighter future. “The importance of education in these rural areas of Thailand are crucial to my homeland and with each new school comes a new doctor, teacher, scientist or future leader.”
After visiting the Khlong Nong Yai School in Bangkok, one of the several BMA Schools supported by Governor Pusadee Tamthai, Founder Bui Simon delivered a sweet treat for the students to thank them for welcoming her and the Teach for Thailand ambassadors to their school the previous afternoon. “Education should be fun and I couldn’t help but want to treat those sweet smiling faces with their favorite dessert!”
Angels Wings Founder Bui Simon visited several classrooms including 9th grade math, science and english at Khlong Nong Yai School, a BMA school supporting the Teach for Thailand program in the heart of Bangkok. Accompanied by Governor Pusadee Tamthai, head of the school Urailak Kongwattana and the founders of Teach for Thailand, Bui spent the morning at Khlong Nong Yai School to gain a better understanding of how Angels Wings Foundation could impact the educational system in the city. “I am so proud to have had the opportunity to meet four of the Teach for Thailand teachers from the Summer Institute program and to see them in their element. The pure joy of the children’s presence was palpable and it makes me so proud to see what an impact is being made in the lives of these promising young students.”
Founder Bui Simon announces three exciting projects at the Angels Wings Foundation press conference: the school development in Ubol, Teach for Thailand, and above all the continuation of Angels Wings Rural Teaching Scholarship program. “I would like to thank the journalists for their continual and gracious confidence in our endeavors over the years. I hope that my sincere efforts can strengthen the opportunities for the children of Thailand, who are the true future of the nation.”
Angels Wings Foundation is proud to support the Campaign for Student Success Foundation created for Santa Barbara City College. Bui Simon, a resident of Santa Barbara and President of Angels Wings Foundation stands amongst a prestigious group dedicated to helping The Foundation support its students through book grants, scholarships, internships, tutoring and childcare for single parents. S.B.C.C. is the number one community college in the country.
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, people’s lives have been turned upside down with nearly five million children losing their homes, schools and communities and close to 4,000 lives lost. For those who have survived, the agony of rebuilding begins. In an effort to provide hope and support for those affected by the devastation. Angels Wings Foundation has partnered with Monique Lhuillier and ML Cares to help raise funds to bring back some normalcy to the lives of those most impacted. Through the power of friendship we hope to be a small part in mending her native country of the Philippines.
Angels Wings Foundation returns to Thailand to receive La Mer Thailand’s unwavering vote of confidence. Over the last 5 years La Mer Thailand has devoted their time and support to the efforts of our small but mighty foundation. Because of thoughtful friends like La Mer Thailand we are able to continue our humble efforts in shaping the lives of children through education in Thailand.
This year marks the last year of college education for three of the five students. Upon graduation, the three senior year students will become the first teachers from the Rural Teaching Scholarship Program and will return to their homeland to start their careers as educators in the Thai community next year.
Angels Wings Foundation will work hand in hand with principal Pirom Praprom of Nongkung School to begin the first phase of construction of a new classroom building in Ubolrajathanee the hometown of Bui’s mother Tiu Nakhirunkanok. Situated in Tumbon Nong Gung, Nongkung School will be the one of many school development projects for Angels Wings Foundation. “These children show great character and potential despite their modest resources and dilapidated facilities. We are so happy be able to provide these astounding young students with a new structure and supplies to help support and encourage their educational environment for a promising future,” said President Bui Simon.
In celebration of Pepperdine’s 75th Anniversary and the memory and vision of founder George Pepperdine, President Andrew K. Benton presents the George Pepperdine Society award, to recognize and honor the associates and alumni who have made monumental commitments and positively impacted the University and it’s vision for academic excellence and empowering leadership.“I am honored to work hand in hand with my alma mater to celebrate its students who continue to make a difference around the world,” said Bui Simon
Founder, Bui Simon and La Mer combine their efforts with an advertising campaign in which all proceeds are to be donated from La Mer to the Angels Wings Foundation. With a relationship that spans several years, founder Bui Simon, thanks the La Mer team for their continued loyal support and encouragement in Angels Wings vision to reach out to the innocent faces of Thailand’s youth.