Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students

by Global Relief Association for Crises & Emergencies, Inc.
Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students
Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students
Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students
Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students
Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students
Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students
Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students
Computer Lab & Training for 100 Thai Students
She was able to access online learning. Thank YOU!
She was able to access online learning. Thank YOU!

The school year ended mid-March in Thailand. It was a challenging year with most of our children not permitted to attend school. A few of our older elementary and secondary school students had the oppotunity to submit assignments via online learning. Your donations ensure the provision of computers at the family resource center; thus, YOU provided these children with access to the internet and computers they needed to complete their assignments.Your impact is beyond measure as children have the resources to break the chain of multigenerational illiteracy.

The children are currently scheduled to return to school mid-May. The children will then have daily access to the computer and internet resources at GRACE Family Resource Center. YOUR generous donations keep this access and provide educational advancement of many marginalized families in Thailand.

GRACE Staff Visit Homes of Marginalized Families
GRACE Staff Visit Homes of Marginalized Families

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Safe Access to Internet
Safe Access to Internet

The advantages of internet accessibility have made our world seemingly more vast and small. An oxymoron, right?

The privilege to teach an impoverished child the value of internet comes with the responsibility to also teach the potential hazards of the world wide web. At GRACE, we ensure children and parents are provided with access to such trainings. It was after such lessons for our eight year old children attending the after school program that one child reported sexual abuse with associated exploitation and trafficking. Here's a bit of the story...

It was a seemingly very long two months when the stepfather was arrested and charged with two years of sexual abuse. He admitted to sexual abuse and providing child pornography of an eight year old child. The mother became belligerent, threatening her own mother’s life and attempting to kidnap *Precious Gemstone. The grandmother informed the police of her daughter’s behavior and intention to kidnap her from school. The police were rescuing *Precious Gemstone from her classroom as the mother was storming the school’s administrative offices with threats demanding her daughter. *Precious Gemstone was ushered to an undisclosed safe haven shelter for long term care. The mother attempted to remove her mother’s report from the police to learn GRACE was the initial report. She then threatened our staff. All the while, we are praying and trusting God as our Provider, Protector and Strength. The stepfather was found guilty and sentenced to twenty years in prison. He was required to pay retribution of 1,500 baht to *Precious Gemstone (that’s equivalent to approximately $50 USD).

Due to this situation, our Director represented GRACE on the municipality committee of child protection, working alongside the authorities and other NGOs in establishing policies and procedures for reporting child abuse, exploitation and trafficking cases. Since August of 2018, GRACE is aware of twenty-one cases within our care in which children or their parents experienced exploitation or human trafficking situations. These situations are heavy. We have experienced the forced marriage of a fourteen year old, a twelve year old being trafficked into a brothel (a different brothel than where her twenty-five year old mother works), a set of teen siblings forced to work in agricultural fields, a young mother selling her infant to black market adoption agencies, a seven year old girl dancing at local bars in the evenings, others in debt servitude, boys placed into temples to serve as novice monks and beg for food and offerings, and a mother’s agony over her nineteen year old son disappearing from fishing boat labor. These do not include the numerous children living as orphaned children to a single father, grandparents, a guardian, or a slum community leader because their mother is ‘working overseas’ or ‘working in the city’ [in the sex industry]. These cases are of those we directly serve through GRACE in Thailand.

For these and those whom will need advocacy in the future, your generosity ensures hope. Teaching internet safety becomes more important as the internet accessibilities bridge across various socioeconomic thresholds. Thank you for supporting the expansion of computer accessibility and the safety of using these great tools.

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GRACE Director Mai & Chan
GRACE Director Mai & Chan

Amidst the glimmer of soon returning pre-pandemic normalcy, the Delta variant came upon Thailand as a monsoon. With hopes of economic recovery associated with tourism, hope was beginning to spark across the centers, with staff and families, and tourist on mission to contribute to society goodness. The spark quickly faded and extinguished into friends and families of GRACE not having access to the vaccinations and young families testing positive with the coronavirus. "When will it end?", a lady asked with a sense of despair. 

Most of the children have no access to school with the complete shutdown. Curfews are activated. No public gatherings. Only banks, grocers, clinics and hospitals remain open. Fortunately, we have access through devices and computers. 

But GRACE.... where the staff established a schedule for times of distributing nutritional, hygiene and educational supplies to the families and children of GRACE. The GRACE staff have increased internet social media communiciation and have provided socialization opportunities for the families to stay connected. We even had a family selfie day in which many families shared images with the group; the activity generated great conversations and enthusiam. They encourage one another and share hardships. Determined to gain strength collectively and win the battle against challenging times resulting from the economic and health disaster, families are finding hope in the new normalcy.

Your support matters as these parents are suffering in the worst economic condition of their lives. Thank you for helping us to ensure essentials are available. You matter. Please consider donating to help with the multitudes of our families who have no job nor current source of income.

Korat Family share family selfie with GRACE group
Korat Family share family selfie with GRACE group
Khao Noi family selfie shared with GRACE group
Khao Noi family selfie shared with GRACE group

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Empowering Girls to Explore Computer Technology
Empowering Girls to Explore Computer Technology

Children are excited to receive gifts - even old computer parts donated to an organization! 

The importance of learning basic computer skills is an imperitive need in today's world. Possibly, acquiring adequate computer skills is equally as important as developing the basic educational skills of reading, writing and mathematics. 

We are so grateful for the donated computers and parts received in March. Developing technical skills became necessary for a few of our GRACE staff members. The enthusiasm spread across the centers and opened opportunities to engage children interested in the inter-workings of the devices. Teachable moments are the best! The times children become like sponges and absorb every detail of your mentorship. Look at these sweet girls. They are provided an opportunity to learn beyond keyboarding. The GRACE staff have implemented STEM experiences through nuturing curiosity and expanding knowledge. 

Your generosity is expanding the computer lab in one center while simultaneously developing the lab in another center located in another region of Thailand. We have the opportunity to go further. GRACE is opening a third family resource center in a rural province in NE Thailand, They are in need of a computer lab. We thank you in advance for ensuring more children receive access to computers.

Thanks for Donating Your Old Computers!
Thanks for Donating Your Old Computers!
STEM Opportunity - Beyond Keyboarding
STEM Opportunity - Beyond Keyboarding

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Classroom group study
Classroom group study

Computer skills are improving as more computers have been installed in our two family resource centers. The additions provide access for more students and staff. The children are ages four to sixteen. For the younger ones, they have established the first ever contact with a computer. It doesn't take long for the children to have fun while learning essential skills. 

Beyond games and educational activities, the staff began teaching children to properly connect the necessary cables ensuring input and output communication between harddrives, monitors, projectors and printers. They are excellent learners and quick studies of this digital opportunity.

The staff in both centers gathered for training in which computer lab training techniques were discussed, standardized and implemented. 

Because you recognize the vital importance of computer skills as a basic educational foundation, children with no access to such luxuries are leading and excelling beyond economically more advanced school mates. GRACE ensures children of marginalized families have the opportunity to break through the chains of multigenerational poverty, malnourishment, and illiteracy. 

Thank you for continuing to provide for this incredible project! 

Let's talk input/output communication.
Let's talk input/output communication.
GRACE Employee Retreat Advance Labs
GRACE Employee Retreat Advance Labs

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Global Relief Association for Crises & Emergencies, Inc.

Location: Cartersville, GA - USA
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Angie Sullivan
Cofounder, Global Relief Association for Crises & Emergencies, Inc (USA & Thailand)
Cartersville, GA United States

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