The Annual Summer Camp

Last week was a rather fun week, as it was once again time for the annual summer camp. The children were camping overnight on the school grounds. Of course it was very exciting for them, as there were a lot of activities planned, they were all fun, but some with serious themes. This camp gave the opportunity to discuss the more serious topics, whilst being in a safe environment. One of the first activities for the older children was the second lesson in sexual health, again taught by the same organization as last time. All the children were given raw eggs with their names on them and at the end of the camp they would show that they were responsible and give them back in one piece. Most children did return them, but some eggs did fall on the ground. Later in the day it was time to set up the tents and roll out the mats to prepare for the night. Most children had a hard time getting to sleep, but none the less they had to wake up early the next day as they had swimming lessons.img_20170221_101031

img_20170221_154524img_20170221_095323The children were divided into 3 groups, depending on their swimming abilities. Some were quite good and remembered their previous lessons. But the most of the children had to start at the very beginning. Beginning with peddling the water, whilst sitting on the side of the pool and slowly building up to peddle across on a foam rubber floaty. At the end of the day some of the beginners were even able to swim on their own thanks to all the teachers and volunteers who helped them. After a long day of swimming the children returned to the school grounds, where they got meals and some extra treats. In the evening there was a campfire and in its light games were played. They started with a clapping song and then a form of musical chairs.8031980333dscf9575dscf9574

The last day started with a team work game, where they one by one had to turn around until they were dizzy and then cross the field to fill a bottle with water from a spoon. This was a great way for the children to wake up and get ready for a new day. After the lunch another serious topic was discussed namely, domestic violence. After a lesson on the topic and discussing examples they were divided in groups where they had to make posters on that subject.dscf9559

So now after these three day and two nights of fun activities, learning important life skills and being able to discuss the harder subjects the camp came to a close. Once again we can look back on a successful camp and we are reminded on how we are able to do these thing thanks to your donations. That’s why we would like to thank you all for your support.dscf9597-2


Harvest our organic rice

Last week at the Half Day School, the all students and teachers came together and harvested our organic rice crop.

15356716_1272578382764342_5476025180768527935_nThis harvest activity is providing children with access to nutritious, high quality local foods at the same time enriching their connection to local cultures by learning traditional farming techniques. Also, children had been learning about the rice plant and its growing cycle, the advantages of following a simple nutritious diet as well as working on art projects to gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the plant. Next year we are hoping for a better harvest.



Happy World Food Day!

Yesterday was World Food Day. With the issue of hunger a problem that affects many of the children we serve, we decided to write a little post to keep our readers informed. The day was announced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1979, first observed on October 16, 1981, and is a time to strengthen the political will to end hunger around the world. This is important not only in your own community or country but also around the world, because the solidarity which underlies the day is meant to grow and reach everyone and all hunger everywhere! It is one of the cogs in the machine that is working to one day eliminate hunger from the world and we are extremely happy to be talking about it.

 So, as we said, today is for talking about the issue of hunger and what we as a world community can do about it. To do our part, we wanted to take a little time out to talk about our lunch program at Half Day School. Food is important for kids. They need it to be able to play, and grow up healthy and strong. Sadly, many kids don’t have food to eat every day and may have to go hungry, including some of our kids at Half Day School. Indeed, many of our children who do have access to food at home either don’t eat breakfast in the mornings or still don’t get all the nutrition they need from the meals they’re given outside of school. 

In a recent post we mentioned that our lunch program gives kids a reliable meal Monday to Friday so they have energy to focus on learning and so they don’t have to worry about where their lunches will come from during the week. The meals are simple, but they give our students full bellies, big smiles and make a real difference in their physical and mental health, giving them one less thing to worry about in their daily lives. But it’s not always easy to pay for the food for the kids, so every donation made by you goes such a long way! 

We know hearing about these things is hard and it can feel like you’re too far away to have an impact, but you can do big things when lots of people work together in small but important ways. You could also help us continue to fund this amazing project by providing monetary donations and by following our Facebook and Twitter, using them to spread both awareness and information about our work to your friends and families. Thank you for reading! 

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The Half Day School Lunch Program needs your help!

The Half Day School Lunch Program provides lunch for hill tribe, stateless and underprivileged students at our school in Mae Sai..

Some of our students are not lucky enough to have a breakfast every morning and a dinner every evening. In some cases, this makes their lunch at Half Day School their main source of sustenance. We desperately want all of our students to be healthy and strong so they can focus on their education.

Funds donated towards this project will go directly into the buying of fresh, local ingredients to make healthy lunches daily for underprivileged students. These meals are extremely important to these children, after a nutritious lunch they are ready to focus on their lessons and the vocational skills classes that will equip them for the rest of their lives. 

Please support us in keeping the students healthy and happy and donate here , earmark your donation to go directly to the lunch program !  Thank you!



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