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
Help To Provide Lunch For Half Day School Students

We are really thrilled to announce that HDS has reopened! The HDS’s lunch program is a critical aspect 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. The success of this program is made possible with the support and care of our community and donors.

This period HDS received support from outside groups and organizations including Thai Glico Co.,LTD. They began by supplying snacks for the kids and then later supplied HDS’s lunch program with various foods such as rice, soysauce, dried noodles, eggs, oil used for cooking and preparing food, tomato sauce, chili sauce, and dishwashing liquids. The kids were extremely happy for all the delicious food and snacks.

In addition to outside support, HDS’s lunch program strives to be self-sufficient in many ways through our agricultural activities and abundant garden. Currently, we have planted the laitue, morning glory, chili, Chinese kale, and green peas. We can use these vegetables to prepare meals and supplement donations.

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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After the New Year, we had Life Skills Development Camp. The students were able to comprehend all the lessons in the curriculum but experienced difficulty in execution. They found it hard to cook the food and to demonstrate responsibility.

All the teachers had a meeting and discussed a plan of action. The teachers decided to implement a new teaching strategy.  This new strategy resembled the “learn by doing” model.  The students had to cook lunch by themselves in groups.

The teachers prepared rice, vegetables, and flavoring. They also prepared the kitchen equipment and built a stove that was heated by firewood. They created a menu by themselves with the raw materials that we had.

The students learned a lot about how they can cook rice without electricity. For the first day some groups had to eat the unripe rice, some groups had to eat the mushy rice, some groups had to eat three kinds of rices (unripe, mushy and burnt). And everyone had to learn every step of cooking.

After 2 weeks of learning all the groups successfully cooked the rice and food. Now they are able to cook for their parents and family members!!! And they can cook yummy food for the members in each group.

We were really excited to watch the students learn and grow and to know they can now take these skills into their everyday life to become more empowered. 

All the staff members and children sincerely thank you for your time and for supporting our mission to provide free education, free food to at-risk children and youth in the border town of Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand. DEPDC/GMS could not do this without the kindness of people like you.

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Happy New Year 2020!

Students cook Lunch!

Each week at the HDS, the teacher and students prepare a delicious meal for themselves. But recently, the students have been a given a unique opportunity to select and cook a meal of their own every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This month the students can get the vegetable from the farm at the school. The special meals of January 2020 is Salad because the students plant the lettuce on the organic farm. All the students are very happy that they ate the organic vegetables and its plant and taking care by themselves.

 A Big Thank You!

On behalf of all the children, teachers, and volunteers at DEPDC, I would like to say thank you for your generous support of our mission. People like you represent the crucial partnerships that provide our students with daily meals, keeping them strong and energetic. On a larger scale, your generosity helps keep our centre thriving, and I appreciate having you all as allies as we push to eliminate the risk of human-trafficking for our youth. Please continue to provide your much appreciated support and don’t forget to spread the word about the Half Day School by following, liking, and sharing our updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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August-October 2019! We’ve had so many exciting activities this last term for our lunch program. The lunch program provides so much for our students which makes it even more special to share all that’s transpired over the last few months. Recently we were blessed to have many people from the surrounding area networking with our former sons and daughters to provide and donate a beautiful meal for the students. The students were so happy to enjoy a nutritious lunch, Thai snacks, juice and milk. The students were especially thrilled to receive their most favorite dessert of ice and different flavored syrups. Yum. Smiles were in abundance!

The students also took part in a cooking class to learn all about preparing Thai food and Thai desserts. After class the students gathered into groups and engaged in a friendly cooking competition. Each group cooked different dishes. Then the students from all groups taste tested the dishes and they voted by points to determine which group made the most delicious dish! They had a blast.

From all of us here at DEPDC we want to express our gratitude to all donors past and present. We have so much to thank you for and are so happy to share through stories all the positive differences you make in the lives of the students.

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Another three months have passed, and thanks to your generous donations our kids have continued to grow strong in both body and mind.   Read on and find out what we’ve been up to!

Another Year Filling Minds, Hearts, and Stomachs

In May we opened our doors again for the start of another school year for our Half Day School students.  After the long break, students were glad to be returning to the shaded schoolrooms and reunite with their friends.  At DEPDC we maintain the philosophy that every student we take in will be given knowledge, love, and cared for on our grounds.  They come to school knowing that DEPDC is a safe place for them to be.  Part of that commitment on our part includes providing them with nutritious lunches to fill their bellies and fuel their bodies.  Thanks to your donations and continued support, we were able to start another school year keeping that promise.  The students have enjoyed tasty, nutritional, vegetarian meals everyday this semester. 

A Visit From Old Friends 

There is nothing sweeter than seeing our sons and daughters who have graduated return home for a visit.  This semester, we were lucky enough to have two of our graduated children along with an old, beloved staff and intern member return to the Half Day School with donations in tow.  Our dear friends came with eggs, dried goods, and condiments to donate for the children.  To the kids delight, they also came with snack, milk and ice cream.  A satisfying cool treat for a warm Thai afternoon.  The students gathered to hear about the experiences of the HDS alumni and their memories of their time at DEPDC.  They left the students with encouragement to continue their studies and grown in body, mind, and heart.  

How else can you help? If you are closely associated with a primary, middle, or high school, you or your child can start a school fundraiser. For just 30 dollars (USD), you can help supply one nutritious meal for up to 60 students. Even small donations can help support the purchase of seeds, organic pesticides, and gardening utensils to improve the Patak Half Day School’s self-sustainability. 

We sincerely thank you for all of your support.  If you’d like more frequent updates and ideas in our daily life, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or read our weekly blog on our website.

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Location: Mae Sai, Chiang Rai - Thailand
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Twitter: @DEPDCGMS
Project Leader:
Alinda Suya
Director of Mae Sai Projects
Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Thailand
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