For two decades we have trained underprivileged girls and women in the kingdom almost uninterrupted through political upheavals, floods and the like. Never have we experienced anything close to this current pandemic and its accompanying restrictive measures.
For many of our students, the past few months have been confusing and physically isolating. Our foundation has been a source of constant in their lives, where they come to learn and be near others in similar predicament. Physical distancing, a measure to stop the spread of the virus, is understandably difficult for many of them. It is tough for us as well, as it affects our ability to conduct our classes and workshops the way we have been used to.
Our work in northeast Thailand was interrupted by the temporary closure of schools because of the pandemic. Even though they are slated to open in July, we will need to monitor the situation and speak with the schools to have better clarity on when and how we may resume our training. We will have to redesign the way we deliver our training, including working with smaller groups of students each time, and reformatting our workshops into a pop-up activity, given the new normal.
Despite the lockdown and all the inconveniences, we are indeed lucky to have supportive donors like you in this difficult time. Many have stepped forward to help us and we are infinitely grateful. Do continue to support our cause of empowering underprivileged girls to fight off sexual and domestic violence, and to plan for a better future. We are confident that we will be back in Ubon soon to transform more lives!
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