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.