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.