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
Snack Making at the Half Day School
Snack Making at the Half Day School

DEPDC/GMS's HDS Lunch Program:

Meal Support for Migrant School Children

Another three months have passed and DEPDC/GMS would like to share some news with you! With financial support raised through GlobalGiving and several community supporters, the Half Day School’s Lunch Program was able to continue its mission to provide a nutritious mid-day meal to every student over the last 90-days, including our 5 new students since the start of this semester.

In addition to international fundraising through GlobalGiving, the Half Day School was very thankful to receive support from several Mae Sai visitors.

 On November 29th, 2017, representatives of the Mae Sai Running Club visited the Half Day School after their morning run. They arrived with big smiles, monetary donations, and several large bags of second hand clothing. The money was donated to help fund the Patak Half Day School’s Lunch Program. The Half Day School children were asked what they wanted to eat the next day after receiving the generous donation. Their response: noodles and Thai dessert!

The following day, all the HDS students and teachers enjoyed a favorite noodle dish and a traditional Thai dessert, pumpkin soaked in sweetened coconut milk. It was a beautiful day and the cooler weather allowed everyone to eat together outside. The children enjoyed the same pumpkin desert for Christmas; it was “delicious!” or “aa-roi!” as we would say in the Thai language.

 Earlier in the season, the Half Day School’s Lunch Program received support from one current volunteer and one former volunteer who visited the school in the beginning of Winter. Visitors make the children just as happy as desert! So if you are thinking about coming to Thailand, do not skip Mae Sai. Join us for Lunch at the Patak Half Day School!

As some of you may know, the Half Day School partakes in several projects each year to help make the lunch program more self-sustainable and more nutritious. These projects include harvesting rice and growing a small organic vegetable, mushroom, and herb farm right on the school grounds. Growing rice and fresh vegetables does not only encourage the students to eat healthy foods, but it also teaches important agricultural techniques so they may be able to grow their own food later on in life. The rice harvest for 2017 was completed in mid-December and new vegetables were planted throughout November and December, including cabbage, peppers, corn, taro, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs commonly used in Northern Thai cooking. Learn more about the Patak Half Day School’s rice harvest on our blog!

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 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.

Lunch Time Together Outside
Lunch Time Together Outside
Mushroom Garden Grown Beneath Rice Straw
Mushroom Garden Grown Beneath Rice Straw
Rice Harvesting at the Half Day School
Rice Harvesting at the Half Day School
Playtime After Lunch
Playtime After Lunch

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Another three months have passed and DEPDC/GMS would like to share some great news with you! With financial support raised through Global Giving, the Half Day School’s Lunch Program was able to provide a mid-day meal to every child over the last 90-days. On behalf of all the students, 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!

As some children may only receive this one meal throughout the day, the Half Day School Lunch Program attempts to provide students with a satisfying yet nutritious lunch. DEPDC/GMS recognizes that learning is impossible if basic needs are overlooked.

In addition to international support these last few months, DEPDC/GMS had special visitors from Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai Province offer donations of food for the Half Day School:

On September 12th, a former Daughter (student of DEPDC/GMS) returned to visit with her mother, husband, and best friend. They provided gifts of dried food and other vegetarian items, such as sweetmeat and ice-cream, for the younger generation of Daughters and Sons of the Half Day School. Following graduation from DEPDC/GMS, she received continued financial support to complete 3 years of high school. Referring to Sompop Jantraka, founder of DEPDC/GMS, as “Father”, she thanked him for helping provide her with a life of safety and stability where she finally has the capability to “give back”. 

On October 20th, two former Sons returned to visit and donate nonperishable items for the Half Day School Lunch Program. Current students had the opportunity to listen and learn from two strong role models who were once in their exact place in life. The two former Sons are now Monks with one completing his third year of law school. DEPDC/GMS strives to teach the importance of community service, thus it was a blessing to watch former students not only exemplify this value but also share it directly with younger Daughters and Sons. Please continue to provide your much appreciated support, especially as the weather begins to cool in Northern Thailand these next few months. Although the cooler weather is welcomed with open arms, it also means “hello” to the common cold and an increase in expense for fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, don’t forget to spread the news about the Half Day School and our mission here at DEPDC/GMS by following, liking, or sharing us on your favorite social media platform!

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The three month, May to July 2017, passed by and the Half Day School’s Lunch Program provided lunch to the children every day. Teachers, staff, volunteers, and the older students helped in preparing food. Due to the current rainy season fresh ingredients for cooking became increasingly expensive and especially fresh vegetables like napa cabbage, pak choi, tomatoes, yardlong beans, cabbage, and other are increasingly hard to find.

One important thing is that visitors, parents, and community members came about four times to provide lunch to the students. This included special things such as Guidiow (Chinese Style Noodle Soup), Kao Soi Nam Ngiow (Northern Thai Style Noodle Soup), Pad Siow (Fried Noodles), ice cream, and sweets.

 During June 2017 a volunteer group from CISabroad came and made spaghetti and learned how to prepare Thai food themselves. The learned how to make Tom Yum (hot and sour Thai soup) and Kanom Bua Loy (traditional Thai sweets) and gave their results to the students. This was used as lunch for the students and the volunteers themselves. This was a good chance for the students and volunteers to exchange and learn about the foods of foreign countries.

In July 2017, the International Volunteer of DEPDC, who is from the Netherlands, made  Arretjescake (Hedgehog slice) with all the students.

And the end of July 2017, a volunteer group from ISV was at DEPDC and produced French Toast for the children.

From all these experiences the children had the chance to taste foreign food which made them happy and know the joy of eating together.

Finally, we at DEPDC and all of our students would like to thank all former, current, and future donors, whose kind donations made DEPDC's work possible and enable us to provide healthy lunches for all of our children at HDS.

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Jackfruit here on a tree
Jackfruit here on a tree

As readers all know, we here at DEPDC value fresh, local and organic food greatly. And now during the hot season, we can enjoy a lot of fresh fruits. One of the many fruit trees here is the Jack fruit tree. This is the largest tree-borne fruit, which can be up to 35 kg. The fruit is strange and wobbly, green and prickly. The fruit has small, yellow pedals inside, covering seeds. The pedals are what you eat and the taste is lightly sweet, the structure is smooth and inside like soft treads. And this amazing fruit grows here on the grounds, free from pesticides and other chemicals and free for the children to eat. The hot season also brings other ripe fruits, like the Mangosteen and Rambutan. But unfortunately the food that we grow isn’t enough for the children. That is just why we are so grateful for all of your donations! These donations help us to provide food for these children, good, nutritious food.

And we don’t just pick the ripe fruits; the cooking program increases student’s responsibility, self-sufficiency, and life skills through hands-on training. Students are given the opportunity to share their skills from home with their peers as well as expand their own skillsets. Although many students already have basic cooking skills, these skills are sharpened and built upon.

Student presenting some fruits
Student presenting some fruits
The big Jackfruit tree
The big Jackfruit tree

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Teaching cooking
Teaching cooking

Poverty always connects with hunger; hunger which causes poverty itself. Poverty is the major factor contributing to the food insecurity and children are the most vulnerable victims. Child malnutrition can lead to greater poverty by reducing their ability to learn and preventing physical and mental growth. Child malnutrition caused by poverty is not unusual in the Greater Mekong Region, the Half Day School Lunch Program provides our students every day with dietary supplements and fortified foods during lunch time in order to help combat and hopefully wipe out poverty and malnutrition. Besides this, the program offers the students the opportunity to learn to cook various Thai foods and basic cooking skills. These skills are not only important for the girls in our school, but also for the boys, as it helps them to become more independent, but also more dependable for their families. So you can see how education can change many lives.

Last a couple of weeks, Korean volunteer, Sohee Lee, came here and cooked Korean desserts for children in the Half Day School. She commented on the lunch program: “I am so glad to cook for children in here. When I was working at a restaurant in Korea, I always dream about using my talent and introduce Korean foods to foreigners in a charitable way. When I see these children, how they love to eat my food and enjoy cooking with me, I am joyful and happy. I heard some children are not able to have regular breakfast and dinner due to the lack of funds in their homes and they rely on the food from the HDS lunch program. When I come back to Korea, I will not stop showing my interest for this great cause and donate money regularly for these children; our children. “

At the Half Day School, the teachers and staff understand that proper nutrition is key to not only create positive educational outcomes, but also help eradicate poverty. However, it is not possible to provide healthy lunches for all of our children at HDS without your supporting and donation.

$10  Will provide lunch, for one student, for a whole month.

$16  Will provide lunch, for two students, for a whole month.

$35  Will provide fresh fruit, for every child, for three days out of the week.

$230 Will provide the ingredients needed for every student’s lunch, for one week.

$920 Will provide the ingredients needed for every student’s lunch, for one month.

Finally, we at DEPDC and all of our students would like to thank all former, current, and future donors, whose kind donations made DEPDC's work possible and enable us to provide healthy lunches for all of our children at HDS.

Teaching cooking
Teaching cooking
Serving Lunch to the children at HDS
Serving Lunch to the children at HDS
Lunch Time
Lunch Time
Korean volunteer makes dessert
Korean volunteer makes dessert
Korean volunteer serves  dessert
Korean volunteer serves dessert

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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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