Eco-school for girls in northern Thailand

by Association for Community and Ecology Development (ACED)
Jul 17, 2013

Back in business after a period of institutional changes

Kru Lek teaching the arts of massage
Kru Lek teaching the arts of massage

Dear all,

First of all we would like to apologize for the lack of news during the last few months, but, as we said on the title, our organization has been through a period of internal changes during which we even thought we might no longer be able to maintain our Global Giving project. However, we are now more familiar with our new staff members and routines and we are happy to confirm that we will continue with our project just as before.

These last months our school’s team has gotten smaller due to the leave of some of our staff members includingmanagement, coordination and teaching staff, to whom we want to send our most sincere greetings for the great job they all did in here, and also due to the graduation of our senior students -thanks to people’s donations our organization has been able to provide full scholarships to some of these girls and we want to wish them the best of luck in their new lives!-. Now our school has 14 students, among which three of them are newcomers, and even though the coordination and management jobs have been assumed by other members (making it impossible to write these reports until recently), the girls education remains the same and has even been improved by the recruitment of three new teachers that will bring new knowledge and skills to our girls!

New teacher Kru Wan is now in charge of the girls’ regular education (Thai language, Maths, History) and helps them with their school life by helping and supervising the girls organic garden, cooking, etc. Kru Lek is an experienced chiropractic and yogi who masters the arts of therapeutic massage and is introducing our girls in this new field. Most of our students love this discipline and have proven to be very talented at it. And least but not last, Kru Bun Yang has brought many new activities to our campus, such as weekend detoxication diets and SPA activities for the community (that our girls are also learning) and many new gardening activities. She is also in charge of our internal (in Thailand) public relations. We wish all three teachers the best and we are confident that our girls will learn a lot from all of them.

Not only new teachers have come to help at the school, but also new visiting volunteers. In the month of June we were visited by a volunteering team of people from the United States, Australia and Canada, who helped out the whole school and taught us on how to improve and develop our eco-farming habits. In exchange, we shared with them the way of life of northern-Thailand hill tribes. During the whole month of July we also received the visit of a language teacher, who is teaching the girls on practical English and Chinese for two hours a day, on a communicative method that uses games and real communication backgrounds as the basis of his lessons.

As you can see, our internal changes haven’t make our school ceased its activities at all. On the opposite, these last months our students have been as active as ever. We’ve attended an anti-drug training camp in Kun Chae National Park in the Chiang Mai region, from which our girls and staff learned about the value of a healthy way of life and the importance of such things as nature, family and friendship as opposed to a life of drug abuse. The experience of this training camp allowed our entire school be able to celebrate our own anti-drug training camp in our own campus. This time the attendants were Chiang Rai junior high-school students and our girls and team members acted as master of ceremonies, setting up all kinds leading activities such as group mural paintings, discussion groups and even singing, acting and role playing games, all for the sake of our community and with the goal of avoiding drugs in the coming future.

Our school has also participated in other regional and national activities such as the National Energy Painting competition (see pictures below to appreciate the works of some of our students), or Chiang Rai city’s alternative education regional Volleyball tournament, in which our girls mixed up with another school’s students to represent the city of Chiang Rai in a competition against other volleyball teams from other cities in the region. Let’s all congratulate to the girls for bringing the victory home!  

On the agricultural domain, as we said, our girls and teachers are doing their best to improve their already self-sufficient land and experimenting new techniques that will allow them to cultivate in a more organic and eco-friendly way. New teachers Kru Bun Yang and Kru Wan are working together with experienced teachers Kru Fei and Kru Yo and the rest of the girls, so we could say our farming staff has actually grown bigger! Among many other things, now we have new fields for cucumbers and we have set-up one of our ponds to shelter edible fish, which have made our diets more varied. We have even been blessed by the birth of our baby buffalo Mon, called this way in homage to our school. All of this is also thanks to our new man-for-all, uncle Jo, who is replacing our former janitor uncle Ya, recently retired. He is making sure that everything is working and totally functional, and also doing everyday farming labors such as fishing, taking care of the buffalos and being always able to lend a hand here and there, and you bet everything works allright! At present time, we are all getting ready for this season’s rice harvest and we will soon be all working together on the rice fields. 

So as you can see, everything is going great for the school and the girls, and this is possible thanks to all the people who are kindly collaborating with us and of course you, our dear supporters and donors. This couldn’t be the same without your help. While we were short on staff to handle the situation at school we decided to focus on what we all heartily wish to support and maintain, which is the school developing and the girls quality of education. Now that this has been assured, we can happily say that our periodical reports will be as usual regularly posted and that you won’t miss anything of what’s going on at our lovely school and everything that’s yet  to come.

Once again, thank you all for your kindest help and support. Truly,

The ACED staff team 

Volunteers sharing experiences with our girls
Volunteers sharing experiences with our girls
One of our students in the volleyball competition
One of our students in the volleyball competition
Our new fishing pond
Our new fishing pond
Energy Painting
Energy Painting
Girls as masters of ceremony
Girls as masters of ceremony
Baby buffalo Mon
Baby buffalo Mon
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Association for Community and Ecology Development (ACED)

Location: Chiang Rai - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​www.monsaengdao.org/​
Project Leader:
Thewin Akkharasilachai
Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai Thailand

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