Excitement Captured in His Face
New toys, puzzles, board games, soccer and ping pong games anticipated their arrival. Then, children filled the center with great excitement. The inaugural day of GRACE Family Resource Center Korat opened for an after school program on Monday, August 20th. It was a remarkable and tremendous beginning with more than forty children ages two to sixteen registered to participate in the program.
The school year began in mid-May. The children enrolled in the program received educational scholarships reimbursing the costs for school including tuition, books, backpacks, supplies and uniforms. More than forty children received scholarships. Eager for the after school program to begin in August, the participation has exceeded expectations with an average attendance of thirty students each day.
The new staff and GRACE leadership of Thailand provided an orientation for the families and children. Several children received homework assistance and all the children began English language classes. Most of the children reside in three communities in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). Shuttle transportation is provided to and from two of the communities ensuring access to the center's after school program. Snacks are provided for the children each day.
We have learned much about the children including family dynamics, favorite color, food, animal, school subject and activities. We documented their dreams of establishing careers as adults. These future teachers, doctors, soldiers, policemen, actors/actresses, models, chefs and firemen are empowered to dream and reach their goals because of your support.
GRACE Ready to Open FRC Korat