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Exploring a new side of Bangladesh

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, October 17, 2014 01:24 PM

Learning to write your name in English!
Learning to write your name in English!

Neeharika Tummala is an in-the-field traveler for GlobalGiving for the India and Bangladesh region.

When people think of Bangladesh, they think of south asian women and men, big red bindis, fish curry etc - the quintessential Bengal. What I didn't realize that Bangladesh is also home to diverse tribal populations, especially because they share three borders with India and therefore include Tripuri and Manipuri communities. I didn't realize that along the borders of Bangladesh, in the Hill Tracts, I would find such remote communities who live out of the radar. 

In addition to doing advocacy work in the garment industry, Udion also works with small communities to...

Parents watching their children learning
Parents watching their children learning
Future students!
Future students!
Community Meeting with the villagers and Udion
Community Meeting with the villagers and Udion
The village life
The village life

Tea at 2:30 in the Morning

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, October 20, 2014 09:39 AM

After School Studying - Peer Learning Style
After School Studying - Peer Learning Style

Neeharika Tummala is an in-the-field traveler for GlobalGiving for the India and Bangladesh region.

Of the 50 organizations I visited across India and Bangladesh, Ruchika will remain one of my favourites. I spent 4 days here, as I was hosted by Ruchika in Bhubaneswar and I loved every day there.Ruchika is one of GlobalGiving's oldest organizations so it was a great feeling to connect with such a respected and well established organization. 

I started off my formal visit by visiting various after-school programs in different slums. Despite being in slums, all the schools were well lit and cheerful! What fascinated me the most is that the children combine traditional studying with peer learning where one child reads aloud to another child. If there are any...

Another after-school program in another slum
Another after-school program in another slum
The 24-7 all star team for Child Line on call
The 24-7 all star team for Child Line on call
Fun in the Ruchika boys dorm
Fun in the Ruchika boys dorm
Bird
Bird's Eye View of the Ruchika Playground
At the playground
At the playground

Donkeys and Cats and Dogs, Oh My!

By Paige Creigh - GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss, October 31, 2014 09:50 AM

Dr. Ingrid and "Panterita" - the little panther
Dr. Ingrid and "Panterita" - the little panther

Paige is GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss in our office in Washington, DC. During a trip to Colombia, she had the chance to visit some of GlobalGiving's projects. Here is her postcard from the field.

About a year ago FRAD popped up on my radar at GlobalGiving when they won the 2013 photo contest with Bimbi, and adorable three legged dog. I was quickly sucked into their parade of photos of very adorable animals that they are caring for in the city of Turbaco just outside Cartagena. So when I realized I was able to visit FRAD during my trip to Colombia, I was very excited!

I was picked up at a shopping mall in Cartagena and then we headed out to the quiet city of Turbaco. First stop was to the school that partners with FRAD. They have a partnership where...

Dogs & the GlobalGiving dog houses!
Dogs & the GlobalGiving dog houses!
Paige & the students working with FRAD
Paige & the students working with FRAD
Dr. Ingrid & Paige, making friends with Tola
Dr. Ingrid & Paige, making friends with Tola
Estrellita and her new puppies
Estrellita and her new puppies

Time for Play, and Time for Learning in Cartagena

By Paige Creigh - GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss, October 31, 2014 09:50 AM

Two of Alianza
Two of Alianza's kids!

Paige is GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss in our office in Washington, DC. During a trip to Colombia, she had the chance to visit some of GlobalGiving's projects. Here is her postcard from the field.

Visiting Cartagena, it’s easy to never see outside the walled, beautiful old city.  But this is a small part of a larger story in this ancient, sprawling city. Olaya is a slum about 30 minutes from the old city and home to some of Cartagena’s most dangerous “bandas” or gangs. One minute we’re driving through high rises and high-end hotels, the next we’ve swerved south and east along the lagoon and down a couple dirt roads to Tiempo de Juegos’ offices just outside the main road.

Tiempo de Juego in...

Tiempo de Juego
Tiempo de Juego's football field
Meeting in the Alianza office
Meeting in the Alianza office

Micro Credits & Empowerment in a Tropical Paradise

By Paige Creigh - GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss, October 14, 2014 10:35 AM

Gina in her sewing room -2nd round loan grantee!
Gina in her sewing room -2nd round loan grantee!

Paige is GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss in our office in Washington, DC. During a trip to Colombia, she had the chance to visit some of GlobalGiving's projects. Here is her postcard from the field.

What one thinks of when hearing “Baru” and visiting Cartagena is generally turquoise waters and powdery, white sand beaches. However, there is another side to this tropical paradise, and it isn’t as simple as a coco loco on Playa Blanca.

I was picked up by the Hernan Echavarria Foundation’s fearless leader Ana in Cartagena, and we started making our way south of the city to Isla Baru. Recently made more accessible thanks to a bridge and paved road, the island is beautiful and rugged, but due to it’s previously remote...

Ana in her shop with Foundation team!
Ana in her shop with Foundation team!
Outside "men
Outside "men's" area at the Elderly Center
Foundation team inviting locals to a workshop
Foundation team inviting locals to a workshop
The lovely ladies of Hernan Echavarria Foundation!
The lovely ladies of Hernan Echavarria Foundation!

Business Development in Remote Sundarban

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, October 17, 2014 12:02 PM

An Anudip classroom
An Anudip classroom

Neeharika Tummala is an in-the-field traveler for GlobalGiving for the India and Bangladesh region.

India is one of the largest producers of engineers in the world. But many of them don’t use those degrees and instead have to retrain to find industry relevant jobs. So you can imagine that the need for industry relevant job training is even more relevant at the grass-roots, where thousands of youth are searching for employment. Anudip is working to bridge that gap by bringing in training and relevant courses to these small towns. I had the opportunity to travel to a small town a few hours away from bustling Kolkatta. Here I found eager students who were working on their English, learning computers and interacting with software developed in-house with video based...

Learning through videos
Learning through videos
A glimpse of Anudip Software
A glimpse of Anudip Software
Anudip Entrepreneur
Anudip Entrepreneur
Proud owners
Proud owners
A tour of the village and the Sundarban!
A tour of the village and the Sundarban!

Street Food that tastes like Home Food!

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, September 23, 2014 12:20 PM

An entrepreneurial couple and owner of a cart
An entrepreneurial couple and owner of a cart

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to YRGaitonde Medical Educational&Research Foundation.

Ever heard of an NGO that creates entrepreneurs and is environmentally friendly? The Eco-Kitchen model really blew my mind as it is one of the most different models I have seen throughout my travels. It’s a model that all about enablement, where the NGO takes the work out of the cooking and enables entrepreneurs to sell and earn extra income in a really short period of time. 

I visited two cart owners, who proudly showed off thier cart as well as the food....

Customers enjoying a filling meal
Customers enjoying a filling meal
I get a lesson on the food business
I get a lesson on the food business
Biodegradable fuel for a burner
Biodegradable fuel for a burner
Inside the Eco Kitchen: Managing grains
Inside the Eco Kitchen: Managing grains
Inside the Eco Kitchen: Cookers for meals
Inside the Eco Kitchen: Cookers for meals

Preventing trafficking at the grassroots

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, September 08, 2014 04:48 PM

Students listening closely to a Prajwala Talk
Students listening closely to a Prajwala Talk

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to PRAJWALA.

As part of the holistic effort in the fight against sex trafficking, Prajwala also does the tough work of community awareness where the Prajwala program team travels to various districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to speak to young girls about how trafficking happens, how it can happen to anyone and why they need to be careful.

I had the incredible opportunity to travel with the program team to see what it is like and how they do it. The district we went to was the East Godavari district, a place that is green...

Post video discussion
Post video discussion
Signing up a Prajwala Volunteer Group
Signing up a Prajwala Volunteer Group
Listening closely
Listening closely
Reflecting after seeing the video
Reflecting after seeing the video
Taking the Prajwala oath
Taking the Prajwala oath

A Fisherman Community's Warm Welcome

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, September 08, 2014 04:44 PM

A walking tour
A walking tour

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to ASSIST.

Thanks to ASSIST, I got to travel across a part of my native Andhra Pradesh that I never knew existed which is the island of Nagayalanka. I didn’t know that a place as remote as the Sundarban existed so close to home. Thanks to the great reputation of ASSIST’s work there, we got a free ride over on the ferry and I even got a mango from one of the villagers when they heard I had come over from GlobalGiving! Such is the sweet nature of many of the village folk in the surrounding areas.

The island has several...

A homeowner
A homeowner
Inside a home
Inside a home
Watching from an unfinished home
Watching from an unfinished home
An lesson on fishing nets in another home
An lesson on fishing nets in another home
Fish and Shrimp!
Fish and Shrimp!

Schools within Camps

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - Bangladesh, August 26, 2014 02:46 PM

A classroom
A classroom

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to OBAT Helpers Inc.

OBAT was one of my most favorite organizations in Bangladesh. For the first time since I entered Bangladesh, I could converse in Urdu! A language that is native to my city of Hyderabad. But mostly, I love this organization because despite the sad conditions of the community and camps, the staff is very positive, extremely hardworking and focused on ushering in a new future for this community through education.

I visited OBAT pre-schools, primary and middle schools. The pre-schools are cheerful and have a bright atmosphere, a stark contrast to the slum outside the schools doors. Kids love the games which...

In the camp: A student getting ready for school
In the camp: A student getting ready for school
In the Camp: A small house for 7
In the Camp: A small house for 7
Concentrating on the exam
Concentrating on the exam

Post Project Funding: A Visit From a Traveler

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 26, 2014 02:42 PM

Sambhali kids showing off their skill
Sambhali kids showing off their skill

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Sambhali Trust.

I was super excited to visit this organization as my interaction with the founder – Govind, was so welcoming and friendly, I wanted to skip all the site visits in between and get to Jodhpur, Rajasthan directly. Unfortunately, a few days before I found out that Govind’s brother passed away and so I wasn’t sure if I would even get to visit the family. However, when I got there, despite the grief, Govind still make a site visit possible for me. Thanks to Govind, an amazing team of volunteers and staff, I got to meet the ladies and their children who benefit from the Sambhali Trust.

Sambhali...

A beautiful work environment
A beautiful work environment
A class running on the side
A class running on the side
I get to spend some time with the kids
I get to spend some time with the kids
At the advanced sewing center
At the advanced sewing center

Listening to the Sounds of the Forest

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 26, 2014 02:35 PM

My guides as we walk through a restored land
My guides as we walk through a restored land

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS).

Of the 50 odd organizations I have visited, KRAPAVIS has a unique mandate of community development. They closely understand the relationship of people to the environment and how preserving one can benefit the other. Like millions of people in rural India, people are dependent on agriculture and raising cattle. But with lack of understanding and neglect, several grazing lands are being eroded and spoilt. As a result, birds don’t nest there, animals leave and biodiversity decreases. KRAPAVIS showed me that the damage is not permanent and with effort, grazing lands can be...

The Nursery
The Nursery
Protecting the Ants
Protecting the Ants
A community member who stops to say hi
A community member who stops to say hi
Walking on one of the rainwater harvesting bunds
Walking on one of the rainwater harvesting bunds
Women collecting water for cooking and drinking
Women collecting water for cooking and drinking

Fistula Free - meeting women post surgery

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - Bangladesh, August 26, 2014 02:23 PM

A great smile after being asked as to how she is
A great smile after being asked as to how she is

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh.

Cox Bazaar – the world’s longest sea beach - is what I have been hearing since I landed at the Dhaka airport. A major tourist destination and surrounded by hotels, I wasn’t sure as to what kind of NGO I would find here. However, just like in several other tourist destinations, there is no shortage of work to be done. The Hope Foundation is a hospital and specializes is care for women and children. Because of their great reputation, they hold specialized camps periodically as they get funding and expertise from other doctors. When I visited, a fistula...

The medical team
The medical team
Midwifery Students
Midwifery Students

Inspiring Teachers use Innovative Techniques

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 26, 2014 02:14 PM

The HEARDS teachers
The HEARDS teachers

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS).

In India, teaching methods can get a little dry. I usually see kids memorizing and repeating and while that works, teachers at HEARDS are not just about teaching their kids, but leveraging games, activities and innovative methods to teach their students as effectively as possible. The children at HEARDS are rescued child labourers and so come with varied levels of ability and education. So, the teachers have the challenge of dealing with a mixed abilities classroom and teaching multiple subjects so that they are mainstreamed into public schools at grade...

One of the neat techniques of teaching math
One of the neat techniques of teaching math
A parent of one of the students and a HEARDS cook
A parent of one of the students and a HEARDS cook
I caught two students as we were leaving!
I caught two students as we were leaving!
Outside one of the HEARD schools, modest but great
Outside one of the HEARD schools, modest but great
A child in a community to target next
A child in a community to target next

Meet the Dynamics Ladies of Vacha

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 26, 2014 11:47 AM

The Vacha Ladies
The Vacha Ladies

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Vacha Charitable Trust.

Although I could not go to the field, I had a fantastic opportunity to meet with the founder and the executive team, but also the four of the young bloods of Vacha who run with implementing several of these programs in their respective geographic blocs.

All of these ladies are from the communities themselves and have gone through the Vacha programs in some way or the other. Even though they couldn’t speak in English, it was remarkable as to how confident, insightful, organized and bold these ladies were. Our group conversation flowed from topic to topic as we talked about various campaigns...

At work in the Vacha Office
At work in the Vacha Office

Supporting Senior Citizens of Kalahasthi

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 26, 2014 11:43 AM

One of the community meetings
One of the community meetings

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Serve Train Educate People's Society-STEPS.

In order to get to this small town in Southern Andhra Pradesh, I had to catch a flight and then travel by road for another hour. All I knew was that Kalahasti is a small town and was expecting a small low capacity organization. What I found, was a modest office that runs healthcare services for 18 areas within Kalahasti, equipped with outreach staff, project leads, and community centers that address challenging areas of TB, Malaria, Pre-Natal...

One of the recipients of malaria care
One of the recipients of malaria care
Distribution of nutritional kits
Distribution of nutritional kits
Another patient receiving care
Another patient receiving care
One of the slums
One of the slums
A map of Kalahasthi and the impact in the city
A map of Kalahasthi and the impact in the city

Infant Warmers in Rural Indian Hospitals

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 26, 2014 11:34 AM

A newborn in a good mood!
A newborn in a good mood!

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India, about her recent visit to Embrace.

I had never even heard of the town of Raebareli until I had a visit scheduled to meet them. As we got into Raebareli we passed fields and fields of wheat as we moved into even more remote parts of Raebareli. The Embrace staff were lovely as they took me around to meet some of the families and their newborns who were either in the warmers of in the kangaroo method of providing body heat, where the kids are held up against a parents chest. The staff explained that often these kids are born underweight due to poor diet and therefore need that extra support when kids are born. Parents especially have poor understanding of how to take...

Warm in the warmer
Warm in the warmer
The gel that holds warmth inside the warmer
The gel that holds warmth inside the warmer
A lesson for parents as to what to do at home
A lesson for parents as to what to do at home

Aravind patients come from all over India

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 26, 2014 11:30 AM

Kids from the Retinoblastoma Wing
Kids from the Retinoblastoma Wing

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India, about her recent visit to Aravind Eye Foundation.

Aravind is a center that I have always wanted to visit given its famous work in cataract surgeries. They are a known worldwide for their processes and training that allow them to do a cataract surgery in minutes, allowing them to serve hundreds of patients everyday for free. But this particular project funds some of the most expensive surgeries in eye care – surgeries for retinoblastoma, which typically affects children under the age of 5. I was most surprised by the fact that the 4 families I met were from all over...

The kid with 20-20 vision and retinoblastoma
The kid with 20-20 vision and retinoblastoma

The Cleanest Government School Toilets

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 13, 2014 10:07 AM

Kids loving the camera
Kids loving the camera

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India, about her recent visit to Kalanjiyam Trust.

I never thought that I would do a site visit where I was supposed to visit toilets, but that is one of Kalanjiyam’s focus projects. Why? In many Indian government schools, the facilities are bare bones to non-existent, especially toilets which even if they exist are often not maintained. What Kalanjiyam identified is that girls tend to primarily drop out as there are no toilets and while boys can manage with nature, girls and their families are uncomfortable with that idea. Building toilets, which seems like such a small thing, provides basic necessities for encouraging girls to stay in school and study without stress....

One of the many brand new toilets I saw
One of the many brand new toilets I saw
Kids in Class
Kids in Class
Some of the older girls in middle school classes
Some of the older girls in middle school classes
Kids teaching me a little about windows
Kids teaching me a little about windows

Getting to School in Style

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - India, August 13, 2014 10:05 AM

8th graders hanging out with me after school
8th graders hanging out with me after school

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India, about her recent visit to Gram Vikas Trust.

Visiting the ladies in the Jhagadia block in Bharuch, was one of my most fun site visits. The ladies took a few minutes to open up, but after that they are all smiles and giggles as they laughed and spoke about school, their families and their cycles!

The Gram Vikas Trust staff (Harshad, Mittal and Jignesh) and I first went to a middle school where we visited a few classes with girls who had received cycles. School was out so we hung out outside in the courtyard as I got to learn more about the ladies. After that we drove in to the villages, which made me realize what a long distance it is to have to walk to...

Showing off their bikes as they come home
Showing off their bikes as they come home
Harshad bhai trying out the bike
Harshad bhai trying out the bike
I catch another student riding home
I catch another student riding home
An outdoor class at a second school we visited
An outdoor class at a second school we visited

Spreeha kids loving school!

By Neeharika Tummala - In-The-Field Rep - Bangladesh, August 13, 2014 10:03 AM

Spreeha student shows off his notebook
Spreeha student shows off his notebook

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Spreeha Foundation.

I have visited several schools are India and Bangladesh, but Spreeha kids seem particularly jazzed about school as they interact with their teachers and schools. I got to learn about a neat early childhood development model which uses cards that combine images and text so that kids grasp concept immediately. You can see the enthusiasm in the photos as they guess which card corresponds to the alphabet.

The schools are in small rooms in densely populated slums, but seem to be the center of attraction as other kids peep in to see what is going on, or mothers walk around interacting with the Spreeha...

Learning in the classroom
Learning in the classroom
A spreeha student
A spreeha student
The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood
Computer classes at Spreeha
Computer classes at Spreeha's main center
ENT Video Diagnosis tool for remote patients
ENT Video Diagnosis tool for remote patients

The Race to Save the Golden Eagle

By Lucius Lee - In-the-Field Representative, Mexico, July 24, 2014 12:53 PM

The Golden Eagle
The Golden Eagle's vast hunting ground

The following is a postcard from Lucius and Sarah, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representatives in Mexico, about FMCN's efforts to save the Golden Eagle and its habitat. 

Emblazoned on the Mexican flag is the mythical Golden Eagle – a creature so rare that many Mexicans have only heard about it in legends about their country's birth. It nests high up in the mountains of Coahuila, Mexico, only descending to hunt. Despite that, the eagle’s numbers have been dwindling due to the destruction of its prey’s habitat at ground level. We visited Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN) in Saltillo and...

An eco-stove that cooks by trapping the sun
An eco-stove that cooks by trapping the sun's heat
Construction on the water catchment system
Construction on the water catchment system

Running to clean water with excited smiles!

By Charissa Murphy - GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Rep in Southeast Asia, July 17, 2014 01:00 AM

the UV water filter system
the UV water filter system

 

The following is a postcard from Charissa Murphy, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Southeast Asia, about her recent visit to Splash in Cambodia.

 

Running across the dirt-covered school courtyard, students in weathered uniforms race to the clean water fountain station. Some of the children carry jugs or bottles with them, while others chase more instant heat relief and hydration. Regardless of their size, they leap up in enthusiasm to turn the faucet knobs, feet hanging off the ground and their heads or water jugs completely submerged under the water steam. The excitement for water ripples throughout the campus and in the smiles of each of the children.

 

This clean water at the school serves thousands within the...

using the water system to wash in training school
using the water system to wash in training school
clean water from the filter to pot for cooking
clean water from the filter to pot for cooking
vocational training - yum clean water for bread
vocational training - yum clean water for bread
jugs or cupped hands - both work for clean water!
jugs or cupped hands - both work for clean water!
teachers & community can access filtered water too
teachers & community can access filtered water too

Strength in Peer Understanding to Share Knowledge

By Charissa Murphy - GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Rep in Southeast Asia, July 16, 2014 09:01 AM

warm welcome and introduction from the CSSD staff
warm welcome and introduction from the CSSD staff

The following is a postcard from Charissa Murphy, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Southeast Asia, about her recent visit to Cooperation for Social Services and Development (CSSD) in Cambodia, supported by GlobeMed at Rutgers.

Entering the Cooperation for Social Services and Development (CSSD) office was one of the warmest welcomes I have experienced as the In-the-Field Representative in Southeast Asia for GlobalGiving. The entire staff of about 23 people all smiled kindly, greeted me with interest, and joined a large conference table that is part of their open-environment office. Many of the volunteers and staff members were once CSSD target beneficiaries themselves (entertainment workers...

staff team explaining the HIV testing to EWs
staff team explaining the HIV testing to EWs
first up! she helped her peers feel comfortable
first up! she helped her peers feel comfortable
laughing afterwards b/c it wasn
laughing afterwards b/c it wasn't that scary!
ages of some of the EW women being tested
ages of some of the EW women being tested
getting ready for the next group of tests
getting ready for the next group of tests

Programs That Make a Difference- A Visitor's Views

By Charissa Murphy - GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Rep in Southeast Asia, July 16, 2014 09:01 AM

Children practice Thai language in the morning
Children practice Thai language in the morning

The following is a postcard from Charissa Murphy, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Southeast Asia, about her recent visit to DEP-DC in Thailand.

Approaching DEP-DC's campus in Mae Sai in northern Thailand, I saw a collection of children with workbooks and engaged questions filling the outdoor classroom area. Although they were on their school's break after the end of the school year, the children and the teacher were studying together for extra help on their Thai language skills. The age ranges of the children varied, and each child had a language workbook suitable to his or her specific language level. I was captured by how engaged they were in practicing, collaborating, and asking the teacher questions when they needed it. It was clear from the beginning...

each student had a workbook based on his/her level
each student had a workbook based on his/her level
students practice Thai language together in the AM
students practice Thai language together in the AM
empty class hallways b/c exams recently finished
empty class hallways b/c exams recently finished

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