The students have recently returned from their summer break which means a new school year schedule is in full swing. In the month leading up to the first day of school, the staff of HDS spent a lot of time looking at, revising, and developing programs, both old and new. The lunch program has been a particularly important topic as many factors have contributed to the difficulties the program is currently facing.
In the last report we had growing concerns about the climate and it's impact on our agricultural program. The agricultural program remains a vital component of self-sustainability for the lunch program when funding is low. Unfortunately, our climate concerns became a reality when, in the last months, Thailand's temperatures have risen to record highs that have not been seen in 60 years. In addition to the devastating heat, the rainy season only arrived this last Saturday. Compared with years past, the rainy season was several weeks late. With no water and high temperatures, we were not able to attend to the crops as was needed and the crops have died. Due to these unfortunate circumstances and lack of funds the lunch program has suffered and the HDS is not able to provide consistent lunches for the students.
Plans, though, are in progress to counter some of these hardships and revamp the lunch program. The HDS has recently been provided with the equipment to build a green house and we already have the equipment and irrigation system needed to plant a new crop of rice. The rainy season has officially started, however, before we can begin these projects more patience is required until the stream next to DEPDC has water. As long as the rain continues, soon we will be able to plant the rice and begin planting more vegetables so the students once again have healthy, organic meals in addition to their education! And the students have recently started their life-skill class of cooking, so when the crops are ready they will be able to create some delicious dishes!
Even though we have faced a few problems we are even more grateful for the support of all our donors both past and present. In the midst of difficulty it is even more apparent how far your generosity reaches. A heart felt thank you from all of us here at DEPDC/GMS for all that you provide.
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