Ajarn (monk) Chaiwat's Fund Raising for His Funeral and Sending His Body Back to Thailand

It is with deep sorrow that Ajarn (monk) Chaiwat's passing away a month ago in Mobile, Alabama.  Ajarn Chaiwat was a compassionate and dedicated monk who truly cared for the SE Asian community in the Gulf South.  It is unfortunate that his life was extinguished before more people could benefit from his leadership and guidance.  He was revered as a spiritual leader.

The Thai and Laotian Communities, in collaboration with APAS, have organized a fundraiser to help pay for his funeral expenses or to send his body back to Thailand per the request of his family.  

The following is the letter from APAS Chairman Stanley Hamidjaja after the fund raising and funeral.

June 28, 2012

To whom it may concern:

Four years ago in August of 2008, a home invasion in New Orleansduring a gathering of Thais and Laotians resulted in one man widowed, another handicapped for life and four deaths.  Phramaha Chaiwat Moleechate heard of this tragedy and drove to New Orleansduring a gathering of Thais and Laotians resulted in one man widowed, another handicapped for life and four deaths.  Phramaha Chaiwat Moleechate heard of this tragedy and drove to New Orleansto support the family and act as a spiritual guide.  That was how Phramaha Chaiwat was introduced to the Thai and Lao community of New Orleans.  He worked closely with the Asian Pacific American Society of New Orleans (APAS), the Lao and Thai community to raise funds for funeral and medical expenses incurred by the victims. Ajarn Chaiwat drove back and forth between Mobile, Alabamaand New Orleansat least 2-3 times a week for more than five months to act as an interpreter during medical visits for the survivors, coordinated funerals for the victims and consoled the family members of the victims in Thailand . He even went above and beyond his call of duty and brought the ashes of the victims to their families in Thailand and accompanied a survivor, who is paralyzed for life, to his home in Thailand .  Through his actions, Phramaha Chaiwat Moleechate showed everyone the love and compassion that of the middle path.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following members and friends of APAS for their kind donation.

Indah Kusuma – Indonesian American Community Association (IACA)
John Hoa/ People's Realty
Lance Harwell 
Lei Lai and Yu Jiang
Li Li 
Linda Hamidouche and Tuoi Inthirath
Mark Van Landingham
Mihoko Strong 
Mike Dunn
Philippine American United Council of LA (PAUCLA)
Raj & Noni Pannu
Indriani Hamidjaja
Sokhoeun Chau 
Sun Kim 
Teruko Vonbargen
Trang Thanh Le 
Vatsana Chanthala 
Yeon Soo Son

May your kindness and generosity be multiplied.

Sincerely,

Stanley Hamidjaja
Chairman

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