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!

Jun 2, 2020

Final Report

 Over the last two months, we have helped a local restaurant prepare and distribute over 32,500 meals in Kamala. We began by giving out about 650 meals per day and have gradually decreased to 350 meals per day during the last few weeks. As Thailand has now moved into the third phase of easing restrictions, more people were able to get back to work, decreasing the number of people in need for free meals.

Throughout this period, we have helped hundreds of families in the local community. Your support has been the hugely helpful to this cause.

With the easing of the restrictions, children will soon be able to go back to schools where the Government provides for their nutrition, and similarly their parents have now the chance to start working again and provide for their families.

Every day for the last two months, we had about 15 to 20 staff and volunteers who helped packing and distributing the meals under any weather conditions. Thank you so much for supporting their work for the community during this terrible global crisis.  Local restaurants are now able to run their business again and we are therefore closing our fundraising for this cause.

We hope you will keep supporting our educational projects for disadvantaged children in Phuket.

Thank you for everything and we look forward to sending you more updates about our programmes!

Mar 3, 2020

Highlights from Coconut Club at Kamala School

Rugby
Rugby

As we are already 3 months into 2020, we are excited to share the latest updates about our after school programme, Coconut Club.


Since January 2020, the number of students who have to live at Kamala School during term time due to unsafe family conditions, has increased up to 230, enabling our team to make the difference in more young lives.


Thanks to the support of volunteers, we were able to organize several exciting activities for the students. Coconut Club Mondays and Wednesdays have turned into creative arts & crafts, where the children can paint on rocks, create animal masks and bring their imagination to life with origami creations.


Sports Tuesdays are by far the most popular days and the most crowded with visitors from all over the globe! We had the pleasure to welcome football players, rugby coaches and yoga teachers to share their knowledge and passion with our students and volunteers.


Last but not least, Thursdays are for cooking and trying new exciting flavors! Our students have been able to prepare and taste delicious French pastries, Italian pasta recipes and alphabet shaped cookies – needless to say it is a joy to be able to share these afternoons with the students!


The kind donations received during these months and the support of local hotels such as the InterContinental Phuket Resort and Double Tree by Hilton, have further allowed us to organize beach clean ups and birthday parties for the residential students and they had the most special days ever!


On behalf of Phuket Has Been Good To Us and the students of Kamala School, thank you to all our supporters and kind donors.

We wouldn’t be able to continue our work and help our children pursue their dreams without you!

Cooking Crepes
Cooking Crepes
Beach Clean Up with InterContinental Phuket Resort
Beach Clean Up with InterContinental Phuket Resort
Birthday Party with Double Tree by Hilton
Birthday Party with Double Tree by Hilton
Arts & Crafts at Coconut Club
Arts & Crafts at Coconut Club
 
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