Since 1993, more than 3200 girls living in poverty, orphaned, abandoned, from broken homes, or violent or abusive environments, have come to Dhammajarinee Witthaya School (DWS) and received a safe home, quality education, food, clothing, and medical care. DWS is the only boarding school for girls administered by Buddhist nuns in Thailand. DWS serves non-Buddhist students as well, with Buddhist activities being optional for students. Help us fund 100 more at-risk girls who desire to come.
Many girls in remote areas of Thailand do not have access to schools or to free, quality education. Increasing social and economic pressures force children living in poverty to drop out of school at a young age to support their family. This is especially true of girls, who often end up working in fields or factories, and vulnerable to drug abuse, depression, and sexual exploitation.
The opportunity to complete 12 years of education has been shown to help end life-long struggle, poverty, exploitation, and abuse. DWS currently has over 1000 pre-school to 12th grade students from all regions of Thailand. In the words of the school Director, Dr Aunampai Passakchai, "If the school did not help take care of these girls, their problems would be multiplied. I do not want to see these groups of children increase in the society. What we are doing is preventive problem solving."
The impact of educating girls will extend far beyond the individual to reach all regions of the nation. When you educate girls you educate families and communities, promote health, prosperity, and sustainability, and create hope for the future. All girls who have completed grade 12 have received scholarships to university to study their subject of interest. Women with higher education make better decisions throughout life, especially regarding health, family, and all quality-of-life factors.
Appreciation video for School Director's birthday
Dhammajarinee School Song with Photos
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