The Bangkok Post Foundation was established in 1982 with an initial funding of 500,000 baht provided by the Post Publishing Company Limited. Its main objective was to give children from poor families the same opportunity to attend school as other Thai children. The foundation also supported the rebuilding of schools affected by natural disasters, first in Ban Saphli in Chumphon province after Typhoon Gay hit in November 2008, as well as those devastated by the 2004 tsunami and 2011’s megaflood. In conjunction with Siam Cement Group, has also organized annual English Camps intended to develop the language skills of underprivileged school children, especially southern teens whose families have been affected by the continuing violence, as well as blind students. From its start with eight children, the foundation has so far sponsored the education of more than 600 needy students, including orphans and children with disabilities. Bangkok Post Foundation currently provides support for 234 students in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, vocational colleges and universities throughout the country. To date, 163 recipients have graduated from universities and vocational colleges.