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

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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DEPDC/GMS alongside many other organizations, cities, and countries has been affected by Covid-19. The government of Thailand took precautionary measures to help flatten the curve of viral infections. These precautionary regulations included curfews, mandatory mask wearing as well as the closing of schools and other businesses. In adherence to these regulations DEPDC closed HDS. All of us here at DEPDC are keeping a close watch on the state of affairs and staying up to date on plans for reopening. As of now, the government plans on allowing schools to reopen July 1st, 2020. 

The normal schools can teach their students via online resources and the government has a TV channel for online education. Unfortunately, some of HDS’s students aren’t able to study at home because they don’t have mobile phones, television, or internet. Often parents and family don’t have enough money to purchase the necessary technology for children to study at home. In addition to this hardship, the families of HDS’s students don’t have enough food to feed all the members of their family.

DEPDC has been providing support to HDS’s students and families with dried food. We believe at this time food is more important than anything else. We are working with a strong network to support students and other people who have been affected by Covid-19 with food.

We have offered this support 3 times so far by supplying rice and brown rice, eggs, oil for cooking, canned fish, salt, dried noodles, and 4 face masks (during the first round of donations). This has provided support for 29 families and 99 beneficiaries.

We will continue to support our communities as best as we can and will reopen the school when government policy allows us to to do. We very much look forward to the day when we can safely welcome back our amazing students and staff! On behalf of all of us here at DEPDC we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our past, current, and future donors. Your generous support allows us to continue our mission, even if in modified form, during these challenging times. 

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Every year, DEPDC and HDS had plan for Sport Day. This year was on Monday, January 20th at 9:30 a.m. In keeping with tradition the students spent weeks practicing for the big day. The students were divided into two teams; the red team and the blue team. All the members of each team include HDS’ students and the youth from CSA, China.

The day started off with a long flag ceremony and some announcements. And then it began! The children are always most excited for the different sports. First the relay races: running, potato sack race, rolling the tire, water balloon race, and a few more. Each team cheered loudly for their runners. Both boys and girls of different ages compete and receive a medal made by the DEPDC staff. At noon the centre provided lunch, drinks and ice with syrup and in the afternoon the action continued. This time they were onto team sports: folk sport, land ski, hula hoop, send flour tothe back and tug-of-war. Although there was a lot of energy in the air the whole day felt very relaxed and the students exemplified a healthy competitive sportsmanship. The staff of DEPDC put a lot of work into this day from arranging music and songs, setting up the field and providing foods and drinks to cleaning up after the festivities. The work, though, is always worthwhile as this is a favorite day among the students. Sports Day was a huge success and a day that will not be forgotten soon by the children. 

A Big Thankful!

On behalf of all the children, teachers, and volunteers at DEPDC, I would like to say thank you for your generous support of our mission. People like you represent the crucial partnerships that provide our students with daily meals, keeping them strong and energetic. On a larger scale, your generosity helps keep our centre thriving, and I appreciate having you all as allies as we push to eliminate the risk of human-trafficking for our youth. Please continue to provide your much appreciated support and don’t forget to spread the word about the Half Day School by following, liking, and sharing our updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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The last week of October we opened our doors again for the start of the school second semester this year for our Half Day School students. After the three weeks break, students were glad to be returning to the shaded schoolrooms and reunite with their friends. At DEPDC we maintain the philosophy that every student we take in will be given knowledge, love, and cared for on our grounds. They come to school knowing that DEPDC is a safe place for them to be. Part of that commitment on our part includes providing them with nutritious lunches to fill their bellies and fuel their bodies. Thanks to your donations and continued support, we were able to start another school year keeping that promise. The students have enjoyed tasty, nutritional, vegetarian meals everyday this semester.  

A Visit From former students and Thai Volunteer

There is nothing sweeter than seeing our sons and daughters who have graduated return home for a visit. This semester, we were lucky to have more than 10 of our graduated children along with an old, beloved staff and intern member return to the Half Day School with donations in tow. Our dear friends came with stationary, eggs, dried goods, and condiments to donate for the children. To the kids delight, they also came with snack, milk and ice with syrup. A satisfying cool treat for a warm Thai afternoon. The students gathered to hear about the experiences of the HDS alumni and their memories of their time at DEPDC. They left the students with encouragement to continue their studies and grown in body, mind, and heart. 

We sincerely thank you for all of your support. If you’d like more frequent updates and ideas in our daily life, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or read our weekly blog on our website.

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DEPDC

Location: Mae Sai, Chiang Rai - Thailand
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @DEPDCGMS
Project Leader:
Alinda Suya
Director of Mae Sai Projects
Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Thailand
$54,002 raised of $75,000 goal
 
738 donations
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