Since the end of April CLC has been up and running after the students took a two week break for Thai new years in April. We are getting in the middle of the rainy season now in Thailand so we have been getting some exiting rain storms and some cooler weather. Thanks to all of your generous assistance, CLC provided vital English and Thai language education support for over 100 members of the Mae Sai community including children, teenagers, adults as well as 65 adult monks and young novices.
DEPDC also hosts a number of volunteers, long term and short term. International Volunteers who stay with us a minimum of 6 months along with teachers from the Half Day School together teach 7 classes consisting of different levels of Thai or English. Between July and August DEPDC is also hosting three groups of short term volunteers from International Student Volunteers (ISV), each group volunteering with us for 10 days. Alongside their infrastructure project on site they have also been helping to teach English classes for CLC. We recently had a long term volunteer Angela; leave us to go back to the states to continue her studies. You can read about her experience at DEPDC and teaching CLC and the HDS here.
Our most up to date news about the activities at DEPDC can be found on our blog. At the end of June CLC students and other individuals in our various programs received an exciting gift from the UK registered charity Piers Simon Appeal (PSA) who runs the School in a Bag (SIAB) initiative, proving a wealth of school supplies to all of our students! To read a short story and see pictures please click here. Also look out for our upcoming August edition of our quarterly newsletter where you can read the full SIAB story and other updates from DEPDC. In the mean time you may be interested in our April newsletter.
CLC provides free literacy and human rights education to up to 200 undocumented migrants, refugees and other community members living along the Thai-Burmese border. Providing an opportunity for academic, vocational and human rights education significantly reduces migrant’s risk of being trafficked into exploitive labor situations and the sex industry. CLC has been operating since 2005. Classes are held in the evenings as to allow young people and adults to attend classes after work or for students to take these classes along their everyday studies.
On behalf of the students at CLC, I extend most sincere thanks for your support. From the special contributions of so many friends, we are demonstrating that everyone has the right to learn in order to thrive and grow!
Thank you so much,
DEPDC Director of Projects
School in a Bag blog
Angela’s volunteer experience