On Friday, January 13th, we celebrated National Children’s Day (Wan Dek) in Thailand at DEPDC Mae Sai. Everyone had a great and enjoyable day with lots of funny games and joyful performances, and marvelous gifts. Below photos are a brief description of how we spent the day. Before staring the children’s day celebration, everyone prepared a small gift, marked number on them, and exchange them later in the day. Students played all sorts of games, drew numbers in order to win prizes, and ate lots of sweets. Many of the children performed dances, sang lovely songs for everyone. Thanks to International university volunteers, we had various events, games and performances and lot of gifts for our children. A fun time was had by all, especially our students, as you can see in our photos!
Children’s Day is not simple a day to celebrate children for who they are, but also to bring awareness to children around the world that have succumbed to violence in forms of conflict, violence, abuse, human trafficking, child prostitution, exploitation and discrimination. In Thailand, every year has a different motto for celebrating children’s day, and the motto for 2017 Children’s Day is “Thai Children who pay attention to study, will bring about national stability.” As this year’s motto, the entire staffs of DEPDC are doing our best for teaching children well and preventing them from human trafficking and children abuse.
DEPDC would like to introduce one of its oldest Canine residents. Meet Dum! Dum is eight years old (we suspect), and has become one of the most easily recognizable features of the Half Day School in Mae Sai. Since her arrival, Dum has seen countless classes of students, teachers and foreign volunteers, come and go. she’s greeted them all with a loving heart and a wide eyed enthusiasm. An enthusiasm rivaled only by that of her human friends. DEPDC wishes Dum many more years of healthy, happy living as both she, and the organisation move ahead with their important work and countless campaigns.
It has been scientifically proven that the presence of domestic animals, such as dogs, can have a profoundly positive impact on man’s physical and mental health. Though the physical health benefits of owning a dog, such as the exercise gained from its care, the mental health benefits are much more profound. Animals provide comfort and companionship, both in our darkest hours and brightest days, which, ultimately, can help to dispel everyday demons such as stress, anxiety and loneliness, all while providing people with much needed physical contact.
In addition to this, looking after such a creature instills responsibility while teaching its masters to care for something other than themselves. This provides an essential foundation for the children’s compassion as well as an environment in which children have the opportunity to put their leadership skills into practice, allowing them to grow and flourish. It is DEPDC’s hope that the children will incorporate these lessons and skills into their daily lives as they travel down the long and winding road to adulthood.