Mr. Franz Sticher, who set up the medical scholarship fund in Switzerland, visited Phuket recently with his family. He was overwhelmed by the reception he received from his students, now fully fledged doctors.
He is seen here with Satienpong, Ganjana,Ajarn Pranee(President of PCF) and Janjira, and below with Isares, the last student to graduate.
Franz’s son Erik joined the party in this photo.
Franz established the scholarship foundation in memory of his daughter, Jennifer, who sadly lost her life in the 2004 Tsunami. He wanted to support medical students who had been disadvantaged by the effects of the Tsunami and would have been unable to continue their studies without the scholarships.
One student, Pisinee,from Baan Nam Kaem, was starting her 4th year as a medical student, when the Tsunami destroyed her home and she lost many of her family members.
The landscape around her home village after the Tsunami.
The fishing pier in front of her house was destroyed along with her father’s business and her home.
Our first meeting with Pisinee, her mother, Janjira, Ganjana and friends.
Franz was overjoyed to see all of his students and was delighted that they had a 100% success rate.