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The Prostheses Foundation was founded by H.R.H. Srinagarindra The Princess Mother who was concerned about the suffering of the amputees especially those who also suffer poverty, and those without access to prosthesis services from the government. Her Royal Highness constantly visited the citizens all over the country and therefore was aware of the prosthesis shortage. When she found out that Thai doctors were capable of making prosthetic legs, she began helping. “Do not take their money. Take mine,” once said H.R.H. Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani. It then became the foundation’s ideology from the very first day until today.
The Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H. the Princess Mother was registered on 17th August 1992 with its first office in Chiang Mai. The registered capital was paid by H.R.H. the Princess Mother herself. The foundation also owes its success and advancements not only to the H.R.H. the Princess Mother but also to the mercy of H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, the co-founder of the foundation, who visited the sites of our prosthesis mobile clinic in different provinces across the country. Today H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirinkhorn is the president of the foundation. With their mercy and generosity, the foundation has become successful and international accepted. Amputees of all races and religions regularly come for our services.
Since the Year 2000 Kirsten Egelund Andersen (KEA) has visited Bangkok several times on business trip. During these visits she noticed many glass boxes filled with can rings and she wondered why.
Through the local agent, KEA leaned about The Prostheses Foundation and how they helped poor people in need of artificial legs. Back home, KEA started to collect can rings, asking family and friends to do the same.
In 2004 she returned to Thailand, bringing 17 kg can rings in her luggage (and very little clothes).
In Denmark KEA met a lot of skepticism; therefore, she personally went to The Prostheses Foundation to hand over the can rings and to learn about their activities to be able to tell people in Denmark that everything was true. She had a long conversation with a very engaged Dr. Terdchai, and this was the base on which can rings project was started all over in Denmark.
In 2002 KEA was elected as the International Service Organizer in her district, and wanted the Can Ring project to be her fingerprint for the year to come.
Originally they send the can ring together with solar collector panels, exported by their company to Thailand, this stopped, when they sold their company in 2007.
They found another solution as Mrs. Lena Pedersen and her husband offered storage space and handing facilities for the huge number of can rings arriving in small envelope or big boxes on pallets from all over. After sorting, the can rings now are sold in Denmark and the complete proceed donated to The Prostheses Foundation, without any deduction.
Today they have interested many other organizations in the idea and they received can rings from the order of Sct. John, Denmark and Norway, The Sct. George Guild, Soroptimist, Odd Fellow IOOF, The loge of Serapion, Scouts and Girl Guilds, schools and many private persons from the Inner Wheel Project of The Can Rings.