| Mar 1, 2024
School year winding up, big plans ahead
Fun Learning English with Volunteer Geoff
The heat of the dry season has arrived and the children are looking forward to the end of the school term in mid-March.
Middle and high school students have been up late in the evenings finishing year-end projects. Final exams start next week and then we wait for results. If they have extended families vetted as safe, they can head up to their mountain villages.
We have about ten children who live with us full-time - no parents or family members who are not able to care for them. We try to have them come to us to visit the children.
All the children moving on to the next level of schooling are anxious to finish placement exams and anticipate the challenges ahead.
Thiew and A are headed to Phrao High School. They will take placement exams to see if they study Math & Science, Languages, or a vocational track
We have three seniors headed to university. Sai has been accepted at Nursing School and Tangmo and Ying are still waiting to hear. We have four graduating from vocational high school and will continue for two years to complete their associate certificates in marketing and accounting.
The children have continued English classes with our volunteer Geoff, from Canada, and self-esteem building/ personal goal-setting workshops with Finn. Lots of happy noise and singing help engage everyone.
We've also had some other fun activities - the annual Children's Day at our local sub-district office where our children performed, played games, and ate lots of yummy food. The Glom Immersive Theater, based in Chiang Mai brought its mobile theater to Warm Heart and engaged the children and staff in an afternoon of education and fun. Our staff member, Da had some extra flowers from a wedding and gave our students a lesson in formal flower arranging.
We had our annual visit from the provincial Social Services department to review our facilities and paperwork tracking system for the children. We passed with good marks, thanks to Mali our Children's Home manager, and the database that our volunteer, Judith, set up.
Lots of activity, all thanks to your steady encouragement and support.
Best wishes for the months ahead,
Dana, Michael, Evelind, and the Warm Heart Family
Performing at Children's Day
Learning to make formal flower arrangements
Glom Immersive Theater visits Warm Heart