Help To Provide Lunch For Half Day School Students

by DEPDC
Help To Provide Lunch For Half Day School Students
Help To Provide Lunch For Half Day School Students
Help To Provide Lunch For Half Day School Students
Help To Provide Lunch For Half Day School Students
Help To Provide Lunch For Half Day School Students
Help To Provide Lunch For Half Day School Students

The Half Day Schools (HDS) lunch program is a critical component of serving children most vulnerable to human trafficking. Through the HDS lunch program we are able to ensure that our students are receiving at least one nutritious meal a day. Food security is an integral piece of social justice and the success of this program is made possible with the support and care of our community and donors. 

            This period we are very humbled and grateful to report that DEPDC had many people and groups generously donate lunches and food for the students of the HDS. Kru Jiew from the Center for Vocational Training and Development of Thai People on the Border Chiang Rai graciously celebrated her birthday by donating lunch to the students. Also celebrating her birthday with donations was Khun Naphat who provided lunch, snacks, drinks and school supplies for the children.  A former member of the DEPDC team P’Namwan and her friends visited us at the center and donated snacks and dry food to be used for lunch for the students. A parent of an HDS student donated steamed rice with chicken for lunch. Friend of the founder and director of DEPDC came to DEPDC to donate fresh chili, corn, and eggplant to cook for lunch. And always really special is when we get visits from HDS alumni. Inn, a former student, and her family provided lunch for the students. Last but certainly not least, the Immigration inspector and his team came to donate 80 lunch boxes of red pork and crispy pork with rice, ice-cream, 300 eggs, rice, snacks, Bua Loi dessert, soy milk, water, instant noodles, water bottles and piggy banks for the students.

            We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful community and that includes you! From everyone here at HDS we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all past, present, and future donors. As always, the work we do here at DEPDC is possible because of your generosity and shared passion in our mission to prevent the human trafficking of vulnerable youth. 

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            The Half Day Schools (HDS) lunch program is a critical component of serving children most vulnerable to human trafficking. Through the HDS lunch program we are able to ensure that our students are receiving at least one nutritious meal a day. Food security is an integral piece of social justice and the success of this program is made possible with the support and care of our community and donors. 

            Every meal is very important for children. Sadly, we know that some of our students do not receive breakfast before coming to school. This is why it is so important for DEPDC’s lunch program to continue. Through this program we can guarantee that students receive a healthy lunch.  The campus of DEPDC is a vegetarian campus and with our agricultural program, we plant a lot of vegetables. In this way, the lunches that are prepared are wonderfully nutritious.

            Normally, the students help to prepare the food. This semester, though, the staff has been extra diligent to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and instead of having the students participate in food preparation, the staff have taken on this responsibility.

            Food prices have recently gone up in price. Thankfully, we have had generous community members donate eggs, rice, soy milk and fire rice for the children.

            From everyone here at HDS we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all past, present, and future donors. As always, the work we do here at DEPDC is possible because of your generosity and shared passion in our mission to prevent the human trafficking of vulnerable youth.

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The Half Day Schools (HDS) lunch program is a critical component of serving children most vulnerable to human trafficking. Through the HDS lunch program we are able to ensure that our students are receiving at least one nutritious meal a day. Food security is an integral piece of social justice and the success of this program is made possible with the support and care of our community and donors. 

            The Covid-19 pandemic has continued to disrupt our normal here at DEPDC. The pandemic has made it difficult for people to get together and visit DEPDC. The same has been true for HDS. But even amidst the tough times we have had great moments that were made possible because of our supportive community and networks.

            To support the lunch program, an old friend donated rice, dried food, eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, and canned fish for the survival bags that we put together for students and family. In addition, a local monk donated instant noodles, milk, snacks, and sweet drinks that they got from alms. On Mothers Day a new friend donated organic rice, crispy fried tofu skins, and seasoned tofu skin for the childrens lunch. What a treat!

            We are so grateful to all of them. Even though times have been challenging, we have still been able to provide food security to the students and families of HDS.

            From everyone here at HDS we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all past, present, and future donors. As always, the work we do here at DEPDC is possible because of your generosity and shared passion in our mission to prevent the human trafficking of vulnerable youth.

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HDS/DEPDC’s Lunch Program 


The Half Day Schools (HDS) lunch program is a critical component of serving children most vulnerable to human trafficking. Through the HDS lunch program we are able to ensure that our students are receiving at least one nutritious meal a day. Food security is an integral piece of social justice and the success of this program is made possible with the support and care of our community and donors.   

This semester the children continued to cultivate their cooking skills with the help of DEPDC’s teachers. The teachers also taught students how to grow bean sprouts and sunflower sprouts. After 5-10 days of growing, the sprouts were harvested and cooked for lunch. Students were also able to take some of the surplus harvest home with them. 

DEPDC was also very fortunate to receive food donations. In addition to feeding the students while in school, remaining supplies of food donations are equally divided between students to take home to their families. Some of the children do not have enough food at home and this is another way that DEPDC works to provide food security. A former daughter of DEP and many others donated rice, soy sauce, instant noodles, eggs, cooking oil, canned fish, and snacks. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we also received donations of masks which we are very grateful for as they help to keep our students, staff, and community safe. A fun fact is that our neighbor here at DEPDC is a dairy and cattle farmer. They have been generous in their donation of fresh milk every Monday-Friday for three weeks. A community member also donated a full lunch as a way to celebrate their birthday. 

From everyone here at HDS we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all past, present, and future donors. As always, the work we do here at DEPDC is possible because of your generosity and shared passion in our mission to prevent the human trafficking of vulnerable youth. 

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The Half Day Schools (HDS) lunch program is a critical component of serving children most vulnerable to human trafficking. Through the HDS lunch program we are able to ensure that our students are receiving at least one nutritious meal a day. Food security is an integral piece of social justice and the success of this program is made possible with the support and care of our community and donors.  

This semester many of the staff prepared lunch for the students AND the student’s learned how to prepare meals for themselves as well. Empowerment through learning!

HDSs lunch program strives to be self-sufficient in many ways through our agricultural activities and abundant garden. This season we have planted a variety of vegetables that can be used for school lunches. Students also receive the opportunity to learn how to garden, look after the crops, water them, and harvest. This last week we had an entire training on the planting and maintenance of growing mushrooms. Fingers crossed the crops continue to be bountiful!

From everyone here at HDS we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all past, present, and future donors. As always, the work we do here at DEPDC is possible because of your generosity and shared passion in our mission to prevent the human trafficking of vulnerable youth

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Location: Mae Sai, Chiang Rai - Thailand
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