Brief History of CLC Wat Arun
On March 2004, Founder of JWS 60 Foundation – Mr. Walter Stowe and Mrs. Janet Stowe – adopted two Thai siblings, who are orphans, as their grandchildren. Through their foundation, they decided to help more orphans, poor and under-privileged children/youths in Thailand through Center Buddha Dhamma Practice and International Charity of Wat Arun Rajawararam. Through their foundation, a boarding Learning Center (school) was built to assist and support those children/youths. The construction was completed in September 2006. On September 19th, 2006, the Ministry of Education (Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education for Special Target Group) announced the establishment and legality of Community Learning Center for Development of Humanity at Center for Buddha Dhamma Practice and International Charity, Section 6 of Wat Arun Rajawararam (The Temple of Dawn).
Phra Methiratanadilok, Assistant Abbot and Leader of Section 6 of Wat Arun Rajawararam has been supporting the project. He is the Chairman of Cemmittee and Director of the CLC ever since. He is also the Chairman of Center for Buddha Dhamma Practice and International Charity.
Photo and content source: Bangkok Post, Temple of Dawn offers a beacon of hope, published 14th Jan 2017
At CLC Wat Arun, Indonesian businessman Hartanto Gunawan has spent four years as a monk, which has changed not only his future but also that of about 200 girls and young women who have benefited from his educational initiatives that blend Buddhist principles in the training of professional and life skills.
"Community learning centers are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4 -- equitable and quality lifelong learning for all -- as they offer learning that is flexible and responsive to the needs of all learners. And, in this case, offer educational opportunities where few may previously have existed," said Hartanto.