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

Another three months have passed, and thanks to your generous donations our kids have continued to grow strong in both body and mind.  Fueled by the nutritious meals your contributions have provided, the kids ended the school year bursting with energy and enthusiasm for their studies. The closing of the academic year does not mean a lull in activity, we still have lots of news to share.  Read on and find out what we’ve been up to!

Full Hearts and Stomachs:

In March we enjoyed another two-week visit from Ngee Ann Polytechnic Institute in Singapore.  Cultures, experiences, and food were shared among Thai, Shan State, and Singapore Youths.  Ngee Ann students were impressed and delighted by the scrumptious meals prepared in our kitchens, and could be seen racing down the halls at meal time to gain an advantageous spot in line. At the closing celebration, students from YEP and DEPDC showed their gratitude through the culinary arts.  Both groups prepared dishes emblematic of their home cultures.  With the extra practice our DEPDC students have had, they prepared a feast worthy of a king!  Every delicious morsel was cleaned from the plates, leaving the kids on dish duty unsure of which were clean and which were dirty.

Sweet Treats!

On March 19th students celebrated the completion of examinations with a festive party.  Preparing different Thai and Shan State desserts under the guidance and instruction of our teachers.  Cooking is always a popular activity for our students who love enjoying the feasts their efforts produce.  On this particular day teachers and students alike could be seen indulging in Thai Tea, Pumpkin Cake, Banana Bread, and sticky cakes (made from rice flour and cooked in banana leaves).

The Not-So Secret Garden:

As some of know, we maintain a small, organic farm on the our grounds.  The vegetables, rice, and herbs grown on our patch supplement the students’ daily lunches.  On any morning you can see a gaggle of our youths tending to the plants and fetching freshly harvested produce for the kitchen. The earthy smell emanating from hands hastily wiped clean and the knees marked by damp morning soil lets the teachers know who was assigned garden duty on any particular morning.  Caring for the garden allows our students to gain agricultural skills and is a good exercise in responsibility.  As the the new school year approaches, we continue to work diligently on our garden so that it may continue to nourish us all throughout the next semester.

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 pesticide, 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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Happy 2019!

With the first month of 2019 coming to an end, DEPDC/GMS is looking forward to a productive, successful, and fun year! At the Patak Half Day School (HDS), you can find our students diligently learning in class and eagerly participating in a variety of life skills workshops. Using education as a preventative strategy to combat human trafficking, the Half Day School provides holistic and hands-on education to children who may be at risk of being trafficked in Mae Sai and surrounding areas. When students are equipped with practical skills like Thai, Burmese, and English literacy, as well as knowledge on human rights, health, victimization, and sexual abuse prevention, they have a greater opportunity to flourish. Your support in funding daily lunch for the students plays a massive role in the success of the school.

Students Learn to Cook Lunch!

Each week at the HDS, the staff prepares a delicious meal for themselves and all the students. But recently, the students have been a given a unique opportunity to select and cook a meal of their own every Wednesday. The first of these special meals on the menu for 2019 is fried eggs with tamarind sauce - a favorite for most students. Cooking is a wonderful group activity that allows students to learn and practice useful skills, as well as bond with one another. We are looking forward to eating more of these student-cooked meals in the future!

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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A Look at the Past Three Months

Life at DEPDC/GMS has been busy as usual over the past three months! At the Patak Half Day School (HDS), you could find our students diligently learning in class and eagerly participating in a variety of life skills workshops. Using education as a preventative strategy to combat human trafficking, the Half Day School provides holistic and hands-on education to children who may be at risk of being trafficked in Mae Sai and surrounding areas. When students are equipped with practical skills like Thai, Burmese, and English literacy, as well as knowledge on human rights, health, victimization, and sexual abuse prevention, they have a greater opportunity to flourish. Your support in funding daily lunch for our students plays a huge role in the success of the Half Day School.

 Visitors from Singapore!

Students from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Institute in Singapore visited DEPDC once again for about two weeks this past September. Our Singaporean visitors instantly reconnected with the students at DEPDC and have forged lasting friendships that extend beyond any language or geographical barriers. During their visit to Mae Sai, they spent time at the local street markets, restaurants, and temples. DEPDC also hosted a series of cultural exchanges with a focus on native cuisines. Students cooked, shared, and swapped foods from Shan State, Thailand, and Singapore. This allowed for a celebration of knowledge, diversity, acceptance, and of course, good eats with good company!

 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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The students of Half Day School seem to be at their 100% energy level from the moment they arrive to school till the moment they leave for the day. Financial support through Global Giving donations provided the students daily lunch meals, keeping them strong and active.

The school kicked off a new academic year on 15th of May and we were happy to see a few new faces at the campus. The Half Day School (HDS) provides free education for the children from the village surrounding the DEPDC/GMS site and 6 other villages in the Mae Sai area. HDS emphasizes “education for prevention” and includes training on human rights, health, victimization and sexual abuse prevention, life skills training, and reading and writing in Thai, Burmese, and English.

 

Over the last three months, in addition to international fundraising through Global Giving, we have received donations from local friends.

 

At the start of June, Half Day School received a grant to fund a 10-day baking class for its students. One of the teacher’s conducted the class and taught the students how to bake brownies, banana muffins, homemade jello desserts, cakes, and little biscuits. Students of Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risk Migration (SYSTERM) also had the opportunity to take part and learn to bake something new. The end result of each baking class was a large amount of sweets. The students proudly shared their baked goods with all students and staff at DEPDC.

On 14th of June, The Patak Half Day School celebrated “Wai Khru”- a ceremony honoring teachers. The ceremony consisted of a Buddhist chant for those who practice, followed by veneration for the king and showing honor and deference to all teachers. The teachers were handed a phan (or pedastalled trays, with symbolic designs of flowers representing sharp wit, rapid growth, persistence, discipline, humility and respect), as well as several rolls of flowers with candles and joss sticks. Some of the school’s former students crossed the Myanmar border to take part in HDS’s Wai Khru. They brought along food and snacks for all the students and made donations towards funding catered food for the day.

Last week, friends from a local farm donated corns to DEPDC to be shared among students. With Thailand’s wet season at its full form, the days are cool and dark. So there is a pleasant feeling from eating a hot corn on a rainy day with your school buddies.

On behalf of all the children, teachers, and volunteers at DEPDC/GMS, I would like to give a big thank you. Your donations go towards making an impact on the lives of our students and their families! If able, please continue to provide your much appreciated support. We would be very grateful if you would tell your friends and family about Half Day School and our mission at DEPDC. Follow, like or share our page on your preferred social media platform. Check out our blog posts on our website to learn more about the lunch activities mentioned.

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 a nutritious meal for up to 60 students. Even small donations can help support the purchase of seeds, organic pesticide, and gardening utensils to increase the Patak Half Day School’s self-sustainability.

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Midday Meal for Half Day School Children

Half Day School’s Lunch Program successfully provided a midday meal to all children attending DEPDC/GMS’s Half Day School (HDS) for the 2017-2018 school year thanks to the generous support of GlobalGiving donors. However, support is now needed to help provide lunch to over 50 students for the new school year beginning in mid-May.

Please, consider supporting the Half Day School throughout the next academic year and continue to read to see what HDS school children have been up to these last three months!

Background

The Half Day School Lunch Program provides a nutritious mid-day meal to all students who attend DEPDC/GMS’s tuition-free school for at-risk children. These children are deemed at-risk due to being part of marginalized hill tribe or ethnic minority groups who live along the border of Thailand and Myanmar, an area known as a source, transit, and destination for human trafficking.

The Patak Half Day School provides primary school and alternative education from Monday through Friday throughout the school year. The HDS emphasizes “education for prevention” and includes training on human rights, health, victimization and sexual abuse prevention, life skills training, and reading and writing in Thai, Burmese, and English.

Lunch Program Special Events

Annual School Camp

Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Subregion (DEPDC/GMS) hosts an annual summer camp each year. This year, camp included the three upper classes of the Patak Half Day School and 54 students participating in the Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risk Migration (SYSTERM).

The HDS and SYSTERM students were divided into six groups of varying ages. The students from the two programs became fast friends and worked well together despite age, ethnicity, and language differences.

Each group was supplied enough protein, rice, vegetables, and sauce for 4 dishes, 2 dinner meals and two breakfast meals. The groups were required to plan out what to cook each day with the items provided and alternated which members cooked and which members helped clean their camping space. The HDS teachers cooked lunch each day along with a traditional Thai dessert in order to allow more time for education. Visit our blog to read more about this year’s camp and see photos of the students during health and fire safety training!

Community Celebration

In March, students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Youth Expedition Project (YEP) visited the Half Day School for two weeks. On their last full day in Mae Sai, YEP students organized a community celebration to mark the end of their journey. The students were able to share their culture’s mutual love for both the culinary and performance arts. SYSTERM, Half Day School, and YEP students performed traditional dances and sung songs which they felt represented their individual ethnic group or state. Each group cooked at least one dessert and savory dish that allowed the students to taste something unique from their new friend’s world. Plenty of leftover food was sent home with the Half Day School children for their families to enjoy.

A Sincere Thank You

On behalf of all the children, teachers, and volunteers at DEPDC/GMS, I would like to say thank you…you make a difference in the lives of our students and their families! If able, please continue to provide your much appreciated support. Please, don’t forget to spread the word about the Half Day School and our mission here at DEPDC/GMS by following, liking, or sharing us on your favorite social media platform!

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 pesticide, and gardening utensils to improve the Patak Half Day School’s self-sustainability.

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