Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand

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Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand
Send 70 At-risk Children to School in Thailand

The second Saturday of January is the National Childrens day in Thailand. Every year, every organization including GOs and NGOs have big events and special activities for the children all over the country.

This year HDS/DEPDC prepared wonderful treats for the children such as:

  • Gift exchanging
  • Games and activities
  • Ice-Cream
  • Fruit and snacks
  • A healthy lunch

We had former students of HDS, MYN and BYLTP come to join and donate Ice-cream, milk and snacks for the children.

Several parents were also kind enough to prepare Shan food for the children.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the larger events planned were not able to go ahead, but the children still had a wonderful day with the many activities we were able to arrange for them to enjoy safely.

From everyone here at HDS we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all past, present, and future donors. As always, the work we do here at DEPDC is possible because of your generosity and shared passion in our mission to prevent the human trafficking of vulnerable youth. 

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I wish we we’re able to begin this update a little differently than our last but sadly - for the safety of all students, staff, and community and to comply with governmental regulations - HDS has once again closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Covid-19 has spread to all areas of Mae Sai with case numbers and cluster outbreaks continuing to rise. All the schools in the area have temporarily closed including HDS which closed on August 20th.

As education is an integral piece of our mission to prevent human trafficking of vulnerable youth, the staff and teachers at DEPDC have been creative in their methods to continue educating students at HDS. Each week, the teachers prepare lessons, assignments, and homework for the students to complete. Many of the students are able to make a weekly trip to HDS to drop off the past week’s lesson and pick up the new week’s lesson. In cases where it is not possible for the students to come to HDS, teachers and staff drop off and pick up lessons from their homes.

Some of the student’s families are within vulnerable communities and have been quarantined at home for 14 days, leaving them with inadequate supplies of food, sanitizer, face masks, and medicine. In order to support the students of HDS and their families, DEPDC and HDS prepared survival bags and delivered them to the student’s homes. Survival bags included a variety of different foods to ensure food security during these difficult times as well as safety supplies of sanitizer, masks, and some medicine.

We sincerely hope that our next report includes the celebration of the reopening of HDS. Until then, to all our past, present, and future donors we would like to thank you for your continued support in keeping this program running. Education is at the core of DEPDC’s mission to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable youth and thanks to your donations we are able to do just that. 

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I wish we we’re able to begin this update with better news but sadly - for the safety of all students, staff, and community and to comply with governmental regulations - HDS has once again closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Our first plan was to reopen on May 17th, but a third wave of infections saw a surge in cases in the Mae Sai area. We hope that we are able to open on June 1st but if cases do not decline then there is a chance we will have to postpone opening until June 14th.

We don’t want this report to be all sad news, though! Here’s some good news: Before HDS closed we had many fun activities that brought a lot of joy to all involved! HDS participated in the highly anticipated and favored event of Sport’s Day. The students spend days preparing for the differing sports events. There’s definitely a lot more energy (and noise!) in and around the center when Sport’s Day is approaching. The students also participated in a study tour and a camping and training excursion. The staff at HDS dedicate a lot of time to provide the students with fun-filled activities that support their cultivation of life skills and personal empowerment. This year the students participated in agricultural projects and learning how to take care of frogs and fish. They also learned how to make animal feed! The intent is that all the skills they learn during these activities can be utilized within and outside of HDS and translate to future success.

We sincerely hope that our next report includes the celebration of the reopening of HDS. Until then, to all our past, present, and future donors we would like to thank you for your continued support in keeping this program running. Education is at the core of DEPDC’s mission to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable youth and thanks to your donations we are able to do just that.

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In our last update we announced that we were really excited for the reopening of HDS. HDS opened a little late due to Covid-19 and unfortunately not too long after HDS reopened, we had to close again between October 17th and October 29th. Sadly, Mae Sai district is now in the red area for the Covid-19 pandemic. Thai laborers who went to work in Thachilek, Myanmar returned with the Covid-19 virus and the numbers of those infected continued to increase. Some of the laborers illegally crossed the border and didn’t go through state required quarantine. This has led to Mae Sai district being elevated to a red area and thus the closing of HDS.  The government and soldiers are working to control the border for protection and prevention of further spread. For the safety and wellbeing of students and staff it’s important that HDS adheres to precautionary measures.

Before HDS closed though, DEPDC celebrated its 30 year anniversary! The celebration was opened by the deputy interior minister. Many local people as well as people from the town of Chiang Rai came to join in the wondrous occasion. All the students helped to prepare the center for the celebration. The students trained for a Tai dance performance and former sons and daughters of DEPDC provided a lot of support for the activities and celebrations. DEPDC’s former sons and daughters donated food, drinks, snacks, and worked to raise funds for DEPDC. The day was full of joy and was a beautiful reminder that the mission of DEPDC and HDS is just as important today as it was 30 years ago. It was incredibly special to see 30 years of students, staff, volunteers, and community members come together in the name of human trafficking prevention and it definitely gave us hope for the next 30 years!

To all our past, present, and future donors we would like to thank you for your continued support in keeping this program open. Education is at the core of DEPDC’s mission to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable youth and thanks to your donations we are able to do just that.

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HDS has safely been able to reopen! We’ve been waiting for this day for quite a while. Due to Covid 19 we had to open this semester a little late but what’s most important is that we are open. At HDS we have implemented quite a few safety measures to ensure everyone stays healthy. We  prepared by making sure we had enough masks, hand sanitizer, and hand soap for everyone.

All the students are really happy to be back in school. Upon returning to HDS many of the students let us know that they really missed school and are so excited to be able to continue their study and education. This semester we were able to supply all the students with stationary so that they have the materials they need to succeed in class and when they study at home.

This semester we even had a former staff join us to help with classes! She has volunteered to teach English classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. And as if that wasn’t amazing enough, she has also been supporting the students with snacks and lunch. We truly have an amazing community here at HDS.

To all our past, present, and future donors we would like to thank you for your continued support in keeping this program open. Education is at the core of DEPDC’s mission to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable youth and thanks to your donations we are able to do just that.

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