Jan 7, 2019

Happy New Year 2019

And Merry Christmas!
And Merry Christmas!

From all of us here at CWEFT and the Concordia Day Care & Community Center (CDCC)- Happy New Year! I pray that the Christmas and New Year holiday was a blessed and relaxing time for all of you.

Christmas always comes a bit early for the children and families at the CDCC, as we usually hold our annual Christmas celebration and outreach service in mid-December. And this year was no exception. On Saturday, December 15, 2018, children and family members who have participated in CDCC programming for the past year gathered together for this annual event.

It was a wonderful time of fellowship and outreach and entertainment. A team from the a local church led most of the festivities with singing and dancing and even some magic. A local pastor shared a special Christmas message for everyone. And the children of the CDCC had worked very hard and prepared some songs and dances of their own. This year, the older children gave a special dance performance, after spending many hours practicing with a high school student from a nearby international school. And children of all ages performed a special production of the Christmas story. Each of the children from preschool up to elementary (and beyond) received a special Christmas gift, and the event wrapped up with a time of food and fellowship.

For most of these children, the gifts they receive at this event are the only gifts they receive all year, as they all live in the impoverished slum community next to the CDCC. This Christmas celebration is something that the children and families look forward. And we thank each of you for your continued support- without which these types of events, and all of our other regular programming at the CDCC, simply would not be possible.

In total, there were 155 children and family members who attended. Amen! Those who were unable to attend did receive their gifts a bit later, and we always follow up with families.

A BIG thank you to each of you for your generosity this past year. None of this would have been possible without you. And we appreciate each and every one of you. We look forward to continued partnership and support in 2019.

Please pray for each of the smiling faces below (and in our full group shot above)- they are why we do what we do. 

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Sep 10, 2018

Concordia Kids

Finny
Finny

A big thank you, once again, to each of you for your generous and ongoing support of the Concordia Daycare & Community Center (CDCC). This past quarter was one of our most difficult yet with regard to funding, but we can confidently say that none of this would be possible without each and every one of you!

So thank you!

This quarter we would like to briefly introduce you to some of the younger students attending the day care. So without further ado...

Finny: Finny is four years old. She is one of three children. Her parents are young- her father drives a truck and her mother works late nights at a restaurant. Her father is rarely home and her mother sleeps during that day, leaving no one to look after Finny. She joined the CDCC last year and was very withdrawn and malnourished. We have worked with her family and helped her during her time at the daycare, and she has improved so much. She now loves spending time with her friends at the daycare, and her favorite things to do are sing and draw. We have also followed up regularly with her family, sometimes visiting her home, to ensure that she has nutritious food to eat and clean home environment. When necessary, we help to supplement her food at home with fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a regular multi-vitamin.

Sabu: Sabu is three years old. His father is an alcoholic who works as a security guard when he can. His mother works as a housekeeper. Because of their work schedules, Sabu would often be left alone during the day. When he first started coming to the CDCC, he was very fearful and withdrawn. But not anymore! Sabu has changed completely and is a leader among the daycare children. He loves to participate in activities, have fun, and spend time with his friends. He is an eager student and enjoys drawing, painting, and outdoor activities.

Tan: Tan is three years old. Her parents are young and both have very low and unstable incomes. When Tan first came to the CDCC, she suffered from malnutrition and poor hygiene. She also used to cry often, vomit, and had little to no appetite. After spending some time at the CDCC, Tan has come out of her shell. She loves to sing and dance. Her mother reports that, “Tan loves coming to the CDCC. When she goes home in the evening, she sings and shares the stories she has learned. She also is so happy to show the crafts she has made.”

Kavin: Kavin is approximately three years old (his exact birth date is unknown). Kavin’s father drives a motorcycle taxi and his mother works in a supermarket. His elderly grandmother cares for him during the day. Kavin is new to the CDCC, so we are just getting to know him and better understand his history and home situation. He has a great memory and can quote lines from movies and remember all sorts of things. Kavin does struggle with age-appropriate focus and is easily angered, along with some other issues. Because of this, our staff and trained social workers are working closely with Kavin’s family to help him meet with the appropriate doctors and specialists to assess his needs. We will then continue to work with the family at home and Kavin at the daycare to support him in all that he does

These are just a few of the children currently enrolled in our daycare program. We also meet with dozens of elementary aged children in our after school and weekend programming to help them with homework and other special classes like English, computers, and music.

The CDCC is also invested in all of the members of the community, and regularly assists working adults to connect them with vocational training or other assistance. We work with the elderly and infirm in the community, helping them to get to doctor appointments, as well as ensure they are cared for and checked on regularly.

None of this would be possible without your generous support. Please know that every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small. Every time you support the CDCC, know that you are investing in the life of a child and his or her family. It is an investment with guaranteed positive and immediate returns- all of the children featured in this update have all received support from our Global Giving donors. And their lives have been changed for the better in very real and tangible ways.

These children and their families would not be where they are today without you.

The access to education and health & wellness that your generosity provides is quite literally life-changing.

Please know that we appreciate you.

Don't forget to share this update or any of or information with your friends and families- the more donors we can connect with, the more lives we can impact and change.

We look forward to your continued prayers and support in the months and years to come.

Sabu
Sabu
Tan
Tan
Kavin
Kavin
Elderly home visit
Elderly home visit
Homework Help
Homework Help
Look what we made!
Look what we made!

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May 29, 2018

Pao's Story of Healing & Hope

Pao today (healthy & hopeful)
Pao today (healthy & hopeful)

Pao first came to the Concordia Day Care & Community Center (CDCC) in the Bangna Slum area of Bangkok back in 2016 when he was just two years old. Our trained staff immediately noticed that he was quiet, lethargic, and ate very little; he was also absent a lot. We reached out to his family and worked with his mother to make sure he was seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Sadly, Pao was diagnosed with kidney cancer that had spread throughout his tiny body.

CDCC staff worked closely with his mother to make sure that he was able to see a specialist at a nearby children’s hospital as soon as possible. We also reached out to our donors to ensure that any medical care would not be a burden on his already impoverished family. Health care in Thailand is available to everyone for a very low cost with no markups at government institutions, but it is still too much for many families like Pao’s.

Little Pao was able to receive immediate surgery to remove the cancerous tumors. He then went through chemotherapy and radiation to remove the cancer that had spread. It has been two years now since his diagnosis. Two years of doctor appointments and chemo and radiation. Two years of support and healing and hope.

Pao is now back at the CDCC. He attends daily day care programming. He is no longer a quiet and fatigued little two-year-old. He is a healthy four-year-old who enjoys activities and playing with his friends. Some of his friends also attend pre-school at a nearby government school. Staff at the CDCC were able to coordinate with officials at the school to help Pao enroll at this same school. Because of Pao’s experience in the CDCC program, and with a little administrative help from our staff, Pao is now a student in the preschool class at the school. He is thriving and doing well, despite being so ill for the past two years. His strength and determination, combined with the support from his family and CDCC staff, have helped him to not only keep up, but to do well and succeed.

Children like Pao who live in extreme poverty with limited access to many of the things we take for granted often go unseen. We are so thankful for the generous support of donors like you- your contributions help so many children and families in so many essential ways. Regular CDCC programming is the foundation of what we do, but it is by no means all of what we do. We make an effort to get to know each of the children and their families and make sure we are able to help or support them in any way we can.

Many of the children that have participated in our program over the past 30 years have suffered from sickness, disabilities, and learning disorders. Without personal, community-based support like that provided by the CDCC, many of these children would slip through the cracks and suffer without any formal diagnosis, understanding, or support. In a developing country like Thailand, it is not always easy to identify and provide this essential help to individuals and families. And even with a diagnosis and understanding, it can also be difficult to work with local schools to ensure that children are enrolled and that their individual needs are understood.

That is why we are here.

That is why we do what we do.

We are here to provide hope for the hopeless.

And we do so through education. Vocational training for adults and teens. Saturday classes and homework help for school aged children. Liaise with local school officials to ensure each child is given the opportunity to learn and grow and reach their full potential.

The path to education and opportunity and breaking the cycle of poverty is rarely a smooth one. It is often riddled with sickness or abuse or malnutrition or exploitation.

But we are here to do what we can.

One child at a time.

Providing health and healing and hope.

Thank you for your support and belief in our organization. Every donation matters and is used to bring this hope to the least of these. Children like Pao are alive and well and thriving today because of the hope and healing your contribution provides.

Pao during his treatment
Pao during his treatment
Pao with one many friends at the day care
Pao with one many friends at the day care
Pao giving a tour of his community
Pao giving a tour of his community

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