DEPDC

DEPDC is a non-governmental, non-profit community-based organization that provides education and full-time accommodation to children in prevention and protection of being trafficked into the commercial sex industry and other exploitative labor conditions.
Jan 20, 2015

New term at CLC

Repetition of basic English grammar in CLC class.
Repetition of basic English grammar in CLC class.

These past three months for the Community Learning Center (CLC) have flown by! Our three separate language classes (two English and one Thai) have such promising students who have shown remarkable success. These scholars are hard workers and their teachers couldn’t be prouder.

As our International volunteer, Channing, starts to wind down her time teaching CLC, she observes how far her students have come from when she first started teaching.

“There pronunciation has come a really long way. Through the use of poetry and tongue twisters, each student is starting to get more and more used to the different sounds of the English language. It is no easy feat, either. The English way of spelling versus pronunciation is extremely difficult to get the hang of since there are so many rules and exceptions to the rules!”

Volunteer Channing sat down with a new regular, Pam, and Pam told her all about her aspirations.

“When I graduate high school, I want to go to Chiang Rai University to study English and Hotel Management! I want to live in a big city like Chiang Mai or Bangkok and work in a really nice Hotel, so I can meet people from all over the world. One day, I would like to work outside of Thailand, and travel, and meet more friends. I want to have a friend on every continent!...South Africa would be a really cool place to work, I think, but I also really want to go to New York and Miami. I want to go to New York because I want to see all of the lights and snow!…I think CLC is very helpful because it goes over what I learn in school, too, so I can remember things better.”

So, there you have it! CLC has had another successful term, and we look forward to checking back in in three months.

We would like to thank all of our donors who keep helping this amazing program happen and who help these wonderful kids achieve their dreams.

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Jan 12, 2015

Update on our Half Day School and a Happy New Year!

Back to school on the first day of the new term!
Back to school on the first day of the new term!

The new term at our Half Day School (HDS) started on November 3, marking the start to a busy period full of feasts and activities.

DEPDC is happy to report that nearly all students who finished the previous term returned for this term. This is not always certain as quite some of our students live in very difficult economic and social situations lacking any stability. In case that the children's caregivers are forced to move following their work, the children will be forced to drop out of school and follow as well. In other cases the economic pressure on the children to go to work to support the family's income becomes to strong and dropping out of school is just a matter of time. Under these circumstances it is already some effort that this term nearly all students from the last term came back to study on.

The last two months of the year are marked with many holidays that we recognize at DEPDC including both traditional Thai and Western holidays.

On November 6, the students of HDS celebrated Loi Krathong by setting free little floats made of banana trunk, banana leaves, flowers, candles, and joss sticks on rivers and lakes. These little floats are supposed to bring good luck and make one’s wishes come true. The students made these floats themselves during an art class.

Our American English teacher, Channing, celebrated Thanksgiving with the students on November 27. She had the students create hand turkeys and reflect upon what they are most thankful for. The students were thankful for many things, ranging from family to good health to friends to music.

The next important celebration was Thai Fathers Day, which is celebrated on His Majesty King Bhumibol's birthday on December 5. In the morning, the HDS students had special lessons on the history of Thailand and its monarchy, and in the afternoon the students and staff of DEPDC held a ceremony to wish a Happy Birthday, good health, and a long life to His Majesty.

Finally, Christmas time approached and HDS English students participated in the “A lifetime of Christmas Cards”-project for Addie Fausett, a six years old girl suffering from a terminal disease, sending handmade Christmas cards to her to show kindness and to instill a central theme of Christmas: showing goodwill to all mankind.

On Christmas Day, our Christian students had the chance to stay at home to celebrate Christmas with their families and friends.

On the day after Christmas, HDS made a field trip the Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non - Forest Park. In the morning, there were special lessons on the various fauna and flora native to Northern Thailand and Mae Sai District. After lunch, the students made a trip to the main cave before the children went swimming at a lake nearby.

Finally, the New Years vacation gave the students and staff of DEPDC a very much welcomed break to relax.

 

The staff, volunteers, and the students of HDS would like to extend a kind thank you to all of our generous donors. It is only because of the continuing and constant support of people like you that DEPDC is able to perform its mission to make a positive difference in the lives of children who are at risk of being trafficked into the commercial sex industry or other forms of exploitive labor.

 

Thanks to everybody and we wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Making hand turkeys.
Making hand turkeys.
Adventure at Tham Luang cave.
Adventure at Tham Luang cave.

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Dec 15, 2014

HDS's School Garden

Preparing the ground for sowing!
Preparing the ground for sowing!

The midyear break passed by and school restarted in November. The Half Day School's (HDS) Lunch Program (LP) also restarted to provide a healthy and nutritious meal for all of the students who may not be able to receive such meals at home.

Many students are not able to have a proper breakfast in the morning, and some come to school without having eaten breakfast at all. A Student complaining that he or she is hungry in the late morning is common, and they are really looking forward for their first meal of the day. Lunch is served at two different times. It is served at 11:30 for the younger students and at noon for the older students.

The LP costs approximately 10$ per student per month to pay for lunch throughout the school month. Additionally, the LP provides the students with fresh fruits and snacks during the afternoon.

HDS has its own school garden to grow vegetables and fruits on the school compound to cut the costs for vegetables and fruits. All farming done in the school's garden is following organic farming principles to provide high quality vegetables. The fields are mainly maintained by the teachers of HDS, but are also used to give the children the chance to have a small patch of land for themselves where they can grow whatever they like. Teacher Pawina teaches the students how to grow vegetables. She instructs them how to sow, manure, control pests, and how to harvest their vegetables.

At the moment, teachers and students of HDS are growing banana, papaya, corn, water spinach, garlic, yardlong beans, kale, cucumber, climbing wattle, peas, chili peppers, gac fruits, and tomatoes.

Knowledge about growing vegetables and fruits is a valuable skill for the children. They can use their knowledge to supplement the diet of their family by growing crops in their own gardens and pass their agricultural knowledge forward to relatives and friends. The usage of organic farming principles reduces cost by replacing chemical pesticides and fertilizers by natural ones.

We would like to thank everybody for their help and generosity given, thus allowing the Lunch Program to provide all of our students with at least one proper meal a day. The money donated insures the permanent provision of a nutritious meal to our students and enables them to learn new skills for their future.

Watering the garden!
Watering the garden!
Harvesting Pak Gaad!
Harvesting Pak Gaad!

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