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.
Mar 14, 2017

Another three months

Fresh papaja from our own garden
Fresh papaja from our own garden

In the last three months quite a lot has happened in our Mae Chan branch. Two of our children were able to be rehabilitated and used the tools handed to them, so they are able to create a life for themselves. We are very proud of course of the progress they have made during their stay here. Looking at the work that we do, we are certain that the children who are here at the moment and those to come will be turned into responsible adults.

On January 14th it was the national Thai children’s day. It is celebrated by taking the children out to have fun. Many local authorities organize special events and other places of interests usually let children in for half price or even for free on this day. There is a Thai saying that goes, "Children are the future of the nation, if the children are intelligent, the country will be prosperous." To help stimulate children to be aware of their significant role in the country, the National Children's Day was held for the first time in 1955. The children were treated by going to a small festival in town and given delicious local snacks.

One of the key features of our work is the focus on education. The children are schooled in subjects like Mathematics, Thai language and English. Here especially it has to be done in a nurturing environment, as most of the children are traumatized due to abandonment and civil war in their lives. Some of the children had learned to fight for their selves on the streets and by doing so, have forgotten how to be a child. It is hard for them to stop living in a ‘survival mode’ in which they need to lie, cheat and sometimes steal to survive. Having warm and friendly staff that provides stability helps with their acclimatization to the shelter.

Getting the children in a ‘normal’ rhythm is important in most factions of live. Early to bed and early out of bed again is part of this, as well as proper hygiene throughout. The children are instructed to wash two times a day, which may seem like a lot, but it’s a necessity here due to the heat and humidity. The children also have to learn to celandines in other aspects of life, such as maintaining and cleaning their own rooms.

Another thing where DEPDC prides itself for is providing the children with nutritious organic food. A substantial amount of the food have been grown in the shelters own vegetable garden. The harvest has been bountiful as can be seen in the pictures. Fresh vegetables, mangos, banana, papaya and lemon grass have become a stable portion of the member’s diet. Though food donations are sometimes provided by locals, often it is junk food filled with chemicals and not very suitable for growing children.

Your financial donations have helped providing the extra food items that we aren’t able to provide ourselves. Thanks to your donation, these children and women who have had a harsh life thus far, have a new hope to get a better life.

One necessary and very practical donation is made in the last few months has been in the form of clothing. Most of the children and women arrive without extra clothing and being able to wear new clothes instead of their own worn down clothes is a big step towards their new selves. And even though the winters don’t get very cold compared to other countries (10°C - 15°C), the clothing makes that they are kept warm throughout.

So again we would like to thank you for all the donations that have been made and we hope that you will continue this.

Children
Children's day
Clothing being donated
Clothing being donated
Children in their new outfits
Children in their new outfits
The garden looking beautiful green
The garden looking beautiful green
Home grown beans
Home grown beans

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Mar 7, 2017

Setting Higher Goals for CLC

The CLC Beginner ENGLISH ClassRoom
The CLC Beginner ENGLISH ClassRoom

Since our latest update on our Community Learning Center (CLC), there are not many changes to our English classes. But there were some good outcomes in the advanced English class.


   The advanced English classes teacher, Yun from South Korea has been teaching two high school students who live nearby DEPDC's Half Day School (HDS) and their English skills have improved remarkably. The students in the advanced English class have learnt an intermediate level of English with practical reading and listening materials, interactive exercises, and various relative tasks. One of the student, Polly said the following about his classes: “This class was a huge challenge for me at the beginning. My English teacher, Yun chose a more difficult level of English text book and he gave us a lot of tasks and homework every weekend. At first I was desperate and could not digest it at all. But thanks to my teacher’s dedication, work and guidance, I got used to his way of teaching and I can understand the assignments with much less effort. After a few lessons I suddenly recognized how much my English improved. Now I am really enjoying my class and I’m happy to learn English”


   Yun explained the reason why he decided to choose a more advanced level of English. “During my class, I recognized that here Thai students tend to be content with the status quo and are afraid to do something difficult or more challenging subjects. Such students settle for the same level and they would not take the effort to improve themselves. I believe that our Community Learning Center (CLC) not only provides opportunities to learn English for underprivileged youth, but also help develop their motivation, self-worth, self-confidence and discipline all within this language education program. Hence, I chose a more difficult level of English for our students, so they can get more motivation and improve their self-esteem.”


   The fundamental reason for this project is to provide educational opportunities for the youth and give them the tools to improve their own situation in life. With as end goal eradicate human trafficking in this generation forever. However, it is not possible without your generous support and donation. Thanks to all our current, future, and past donors, we are able to offer education to those who desperately need it.

Hope in the Dark
Hope in the Dark
The CLC  ENGLISH Advance ClassRoom
The CLC ENGLISH Advance ClassRoom

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Mar 2, 2017

The school vehicles are totally OK!

The School Bus with Our Children
The School Bus with Our Children

Since last update, our school bus and truck have received their regular check-up and small fixes.

 Actually, our school bus is modified from a regular pick-up truck to a school bus, thus it keeps requiring regular monitoring to maintain its status. Mr. Mun, our volunteering bus driver said “My duty is not only to drive our children to the school safely, but also to keep our bus and truck secure and operable. Because the bus is getting older, there is a greater risk of a breakdown.” Thanks to his great efforts, our students, who live far away from DEPDC's Half Day School, are able to attend school and get education safely and on time.

During the regular check-ups, the big school bus is inspected if all lights and reflectors exhibiting such problems as inconsistent flashing, cracks, or other damages. If necessary it will be replaced with the always present back-up lights. Naturally both vehicles tires are checked to see if they are properly inflated, flat, excessively worn or damaged. Also, they checked the oil of cars and change/fill it where necessary.

Both the bus and truck are up to the current standard and safely transport our students to and from school every day. However, it is not possible without your generous support and donation. Thanks to all our current, future, and past donors, we are able to offer free transportation service to our children.

The Bus Truck
The Bus Truck
The School Bus
The School Bus

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