Kenan Institute Asia trained more than 3,000 community members, entrepreneurs, hotel owners, and students on the principles of sustainable tourism as well as marketing and finance so that they could successfully open or grow their businesses:
The way in which people came together to support recovery efforts after Thailand was rocked by the tsunami of 2004 truly embodies the motto Amazing Thailand. Visiting many of today’s booming tourist areas makes it hard to imagine the damage these communities experienced. However, when Kenan Institute Asia entered Phang-nga province shortly after the tsunami, it encountered an area where thousands had lost their lives, children had been orphaned, and homes had been razed.
To help rebuild communities across Phang-nga province, Kenan launched the Tsunami Recovery Action Initiative (TRAI) in 2005. TRAI created a model for community-based tourism to improve the livelihoods of people in the tsunami-affected areas of Phang-nga province. The model focused on generating income, preserving the local culture, and protecting the environment. Kenan trained more than 3,000 community members, entrepreneurs, hotel owners, and students on the principles of sustainable tourism as well as marketing and finance so that they could successfully open or grow their businesses.
Importantly, TRAI built a common understanding, vision, and strategy among key stakeholders to utilize sustainable tourism as a vehicle to drive development and rebirth in Phang-nga.
While TRAI concluded in 2010, the initiative has had a lasting impact on Phang-nga province and its citizens. TRAI helped Phang-nga not only recover from the tsunami, but also experience improved standards of living.
Share the inspiring story of Thailand’s tourism recovery. #KenanAsia #AmazingThailand
Aziz and Vahdat Amadieh and I spoke for an hour, after the first Kenan Institute for Ethics event I attended. Major Duke donors, their offices are contained within KIE.
And there are tons and TONS of additional GREAT THINGS done by my wealthy Kenan relatives as well.
TWO DESCENDANTS of the WEALTHY BRANCH of the Kenan Family were who were MOST RESPONSIBLE for REMOVING Homosexuality from the DSM (definitions of Mental Illnesses), in 1973!!!
This is the GRANDDADDY of ALL Charitable Trusts for University Education. To give you an idea what they do (and they NEVER accept solicitations for funds or help, but find what they choose to support):
"Texas Kate" (Schweppe) Sharp, Moldawer, and later McNamara (center), is Tennessee Williams's FIRST "Kenan Connection" (full story of that is in this blog several times -- and ACTUALLY, the only MAJOR GRANT Tennessee Williams ever got was from the Rockefeller Foundation -- and John D. Rockefeller RAN Standard Oil for the biggest stockholder, Henry Flagler, whose entire estate fell into Kenan hands through Mary Lily (Kenan) Flagler, later, Bingham), and then he employed me:
And now, there is also this: