Greetings to all that have opened this report.
Thank you for your time, and donations to us. My name is Song, assisting Didi with the IT part of updates while she is away taking care of the children. (We could defintely use more help in this area, Didi is too busy taking care of the day to day running of the children home. Hopefully I will be able to visit Didi sometime soon and help write up a SOP for the GlobalGiving reporting and updates for future volunteers to refer to.)
There are some critical updates this quarter, let us start off with a letter Didi wrote.
Letter From Didi,, Dolci Donata
" Dear Friends from GlobalGiving
This year the money donated from you went for the education of our 140 children.
The good news is 4 of our girls have graduated from High school and 10 of our children also graduated from the Junior high school.
This year we received the GlobalGiving donation on 30 June 2023. We received 12947 THB (about 377 usS)
W are very thankful for everyone that has participated in this program. Our children are doing well and some of them are really very good at study.
Their strength is that many of them can speak English and can communicate with volunteer.
The villagers' leaders and government authority are very proud of these young people that has brough recognition to our small township.
Thank you again from
Dolci Donata (founder and manager of Baanunrak children's home)"
A devastating storm - https://www.baanunrak.org/post/destruction-by-nature
Though Didi did not mention, the home was struck by a devastating storm in early May. According to the locals, it was one of the biggest storm in the last few dacades. Trees have fallen, and houses were partially submerged in water. She did not share this with me too. I have only just learnt of it from their blog while I was trying to help out with the due diligence check as required by GlobalGiving. I guess that's Didi, she seldom talks about the hardships and challenges the home faces. Or maybe she just do not have enough time to do so given the limited manpower and resources they have.
Judging from the image in thier blog, the damage was quite bad. But at the same time, I hope to bring your attention to the expression on the children's face. If you observe closely, I am sure you will be able to notice that they are not at all reluctant to help. In fact, enjoying the process of rebuilding the home together even though it's a really tough job. Everyone contributed according to their capacity.
Just like most of you, I was not able to visit the home since COVID sets in, and still not able to visit after COVID left while I was occupied with work. (Yep... I know... ) But through the above observations, we have resonable grounds to believe the children are in good hands both physically and mentally. And most important of all, I believe they did find a sense of belonging in Baan Unrak, and sees it as their home. Which also explains their expression in such difficult situations.
There are many more events that happened in this quarter. But to keep this short, I will stop here and provide your with the link to the blog below should you be interested to learn more. Hope my observations were helpful, and this report did not bore you to sleep. Looking forward to sharing more updates and helping more at Baan Unrak in future. Cheers and thank you once again.