Half Day School has been running smoothly since the children returned in May! Thanks to your generous support, this school year the Half Day School provided vital education, vocational and life skills training, and material support to over 150 children from vulnerable communities in the Thai-Burma border region.
I’d like to tell you about some recent developments at the Half Day School, including special activities, new programs and partnerships, and the work of international volunteers. I also want to update you on our ongoing activities in education, vocational training, and personal development training. This school year saw growth in a number of areas including the organic agriculture project, the Buddhist Project, and English teaching.
Our regular classes have continued this term, with students learning English with our International Volunteers, Mathematics, Thai, Computer Skills, Science, Social Studies, Health, and various Vocational Skills. Our blog documents the diverse range of learning opportunities and fun-filled activities that the children of HDS partake in, which are made possible by donors like you.
Students have been getting up to all sorts of fun things this term. Teacher's day was a great success, the students made the most beautiful gifts for their much loved teachers and presented them in a wonderful ceremony.
The Buddhist Project is still running successfully. Every Friday Monks from the community come to our Half Day School to teach the children about how to live harmoniously in society. You can read more about The Buddhist Project here on our blog !
Also on our blog, you can read about the typical day of Susanae, an akha student of DEPDC and how DEPDC has helped her so far.
The Half Day School continuously tries to improve and diversify the students’ experience and learning opportunities. We’d like to tell you about some of our ongoing activities as well as some new ones.
(All HDS students are also provided with lunch every day.) Besides their academic education, students at HDS participate in vocational workshops including:
We have been greatly enjoying our term so far. As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions on improving our students’ learning experiences. Once again, on behalf of the Half Day School students and their families, I extend my most sincere thanks to you for making it all possible. Your generous contributions make it possible for the children most at-risk for sex and labor trafficking to learn, grow and gain self-confidence!
Thank you so much,
DEPDC Director of Projects
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Director of Mae Sai Projects