Feb 22, 2021

Kamala School Club one year into COVID

Cooking at afterschool Coconut Club
Cooking at afterschool Coconut Club

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent tourists from traveling to Phuket more and more jobs are lost. Many families just can't afford to care for their children right now. Kamala School offers a safe place for children to stay, whether due to financial difficulties, a broken family or losing their parents.

Our after school programme, Coconut Club, is a fun place for these children to come to once school is over and their classmates have gone home to their families. The children have fun with cooking, games, crafts and sports. There is always something for the children to look forward to.

For the creative, there are arts & crafts projects and the opportunity to cook (and eat!) delicious snacks. To blow off steam after a day in the classroom the children can try skateboarding, badminton, basket-ball, skipping and much more. There are also quieter moments filled with board games, and the most popular - Bingo!

Due to COVID restrictions we are still not able to leave school grounds, but 80 Senior School students enjoyed a birthday party at school at the end of last year. The children chose between: basketball; a day at the fete games; T-shirt or Tote bag painting; jewerly making; K Pop and African dance! The children enjoyed party drinks, snacks and ice cream too so the children didn't feel they were missing out on a party by still being in school.

Although the students at Kamala School do not traditionally celebrate Christmas, they love to get into the festive spirit! At assembly on Christmas morning our team shared with the children that Christmas is the season of caring and giving.The Coconut Club Christmas party was great fun: we played musical chairs and pin the nose on Rudolf! Each child received yummy Christmas cookies.

We can’t thank our supporters all over the world enough for your support; it is only with your help, that we are able to continue to help children living at Kamala School enjoy their childhood and dream big for their future!

Giving second hand clothing to those in need
Giving second hand clothing to those in need
Coconut Club birthday party at school
Coconut Club birthday party at school
Coconut Club Christmas Party
Coconut Club Christmas Party
Playing Chess at Coconut Club
Playing Chess at Coconut Club
Making mini pencils in Coconut Art Club
Making mini pencils in Coconut Art Club
Oct 26, 2020

Afterschool Club at Kamala School during COVID

Making mini books in Coconut Art Club
Making mini books in Coconut Art Club

Due to COVID19, schools all over Thailand started their new school year July 1st instead of the usual May 1st. This means that the children who live at Kamala School during term time had been away with families or friends for 3 months.

The continued effect of the pandemic has led to zero tourism and the closure of businesses all over Phuket. Families now have less, or no, disposable income.  More than ever the disadvantaged children need our assistance, as families send their children to live at Kamala School during term time to ensure 3 meals a day.

When term started, the school had measures in place to keep the children safe, distancing, hand sanitizer usage and masks were worn. As the Government has kept the boarders closed we have had zero COVID cases in Phuket for many months and school no longer practices social distancing.  This has helped us to offer a fun afterschool club for the children.  

Coconut Club Mondays we cook up a storm, always popular, especially when it’s time for the students to eat the treats they’ve made! Tuesdays we play games outside, skateboarding and twister are the current favourites. Wednesdays have indoor games and the ever popular Bingo. (When you win you get to choose a small prize… at the end of the club if you’ve been playing all that time without winning you get a small prize too!)  Thursdays are creative arts & crafts, a great way to finish a day of hard study.

Thanks to the easing of restrictions this month we were able to welcome a group of senior school children to run their CAS (Creativity, activity, service) activity at the club.  The CAS students ran great Coconut Clubs during the week and on Friday hosted a party with birthday games and cookies.  The most fun was had at the end with the pinata!

A huge thank you to our supporters all over the world; with your help, even during these difficult times, we are able to continue to help our children pursue their dreams without you!

Twister at Coconut Club
Twister at Coconut Club
CAS students' party at Coconut Club
CAS students' party at Coconut Club
Badminton at Coconut Club
Badminton at Coconut Club
Jul 1, 2020

Latest Updates from Kamala School

The COVID19 outbreak has severely impacted our work at Kamala School in Phuket over the last few months. Schools all over Thailand have been closed due to safety measures since March 6th 2020 and will only reopen on July 1st.

The closure of schools all over the island, together with unemployment, means families now have more mouths to feed and less, or even no, disposable income. 

During these hard times our team of teachers and volunteers has not stopped supporting the local community in any way they can. We have been helping a local restaurant pack and distribute free meals to all the families in need around Kamala, providing food and water for 600 people each day. More children from low-income backgrounds will need our assistance in the near future, as vulnerable families will send their children to live at Kamala School during term time to ensure 3 meals a day and a safe place to sleep.

Due to the safety measures required by the Thai Government to keep the children and teachers safe, classes will be smaller to ensure social distancing, and extracurricular activities are temporarily suspended. Our teachers have been setting up their classrooms to ensure the children will be sitting far enough away from their classmates, cleaning the rooms and rearranging their teaching equipment. Moreover, they have spent the last month planning lessons and adjusting the curriculum for our little learners who will start a new academic term in July instead of May this year.  Primary School will be taught in the mornings and Senior School in the afternoons to further ensure social distancing.

After three months at home, the reopening of schools is a milestone for Thai children.  Our teachers are beyond excited to see their students back safe and healthy.  We are looking forward to seeing the joy on the faces of our little learners as they see their classmates and teachers again!

 
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