Happy Thai New Year from the children of DEPDC’s Half Day School in Mae Sai! In Thailand, the Buddhist New Year is celebrated every April, during the summer break from school. At the middle of March, the Half Day School completed a very successful 2011-2012 school year. We had three students graduate this year from the HDS, completing their G.9 education. Please read about the Graduation Celebration on our blog. Thanks to all of your generous assistance, the Half Day School provided vital education, vocational training, and material support for over 150 children from vulnerable communities in Thailand’s northern border areas.
Our blog documents the diverse range of learning opportunities and fun-filled activities that the children of the HDS partake in, which is made possible by generous donors like you. Please follow the links in this document to read the relevant articles and view pictures.
Recent end-of-the-school-year activities in the Half Day School include:
All HDS students are also provided with lunch every day along with an afternoon snack. Besides their academic education students at the HDS also rotate through four major vocational workshops including:
During the summer break, teachers are still busy—not with teaching, but with home visits to the house of students when needed. In this important service of Half Day School, teachers assess the students’ living situations and provide assistance to the families when needed. Half Day School provides students’ families with clothing assistance, medical care, and other material assistance to ensure that children’s living environments, in addition to their learning environments, are safe and stable.
On behalf of the Half Day School students and their families, I extend my most sincere thanks to you for making it all possible. We are looking forward to receiving new students when the new school term starts in min-May. From the special contributions of so many friends, we are demonstrating that even the children most at-risk for sex and labor trafficking can learn, can thrive and grow!
Thank you so much,
DEPDC Director of Projects
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