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February, 2015
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PRE - SCHOOL

It has been a very busy and exciting time at our preschool this month. Our older students are learning the lower case letters of the alphabet and we can now read some simple sentences in English!
 
The younger students have been learning to recognize their surname and the older students can now write their full name in Thai.
 
The unit on mini beasts had our center crawling with creepy bugs and we learned how to observe these creatures without hurting or killing them!
 
In math we have been doing addition sums and the children have enjoyed this challenge. Some of our brighter sparks are calculating sums like (3 + 4) -2 = 5
 
Grandpa Brian and Grandma Catherine have been taking care of our special children who find it difficult to focus during class time. They have been engaging them in both outdoor play activities and art projects that help them develop the skills that they need.
 

VAN
We are currently looking at purchasing a new mini van for the foundation. Our current van has serviced us well over the past few years, however it now needs a lot of expensive repairs. If anyone knows where we can get a good deal or would like to help us with this please let us know.

BABY SCHOOL

Somo has been returned to her family and her situation is being closely monitored by Hand to Hand and social welfare to ensure that she is safe and well. We are working with the family to provide the support that they need to adequately care for their daughter.

THONG KLA

Baby Thong Kla has made very little improvement in the past few months and he has not gained any weight. We are investigating other medical services in order to get a concrete diagnosis, which will in turn enable us to help him more efficiently.

HOSPITAL

We are currently doing some follow up assistance with two children that we met in the hospital.  Narumon is 9 months old and weighs only 4kg. She is having issues digesting her food and we are working with the doctors and the family to find a formula that she can tolerate.
 
Phoom is a 4 year old boy who has cystic fibrosis and he is admitted regularly due to congestion in his lungs. The doctors have recommended that he have suction and oxygen at home; however, his family cannot afford this equipment. We are looking at ways that we can help provide this support for him at home, but the machines are very expensive.
 

CROSSING

We have been learning about the armour of God and how we fight not with our hands but the word of God. We have made each of the pieces of armour as we learn about them.
 
The older students have been watching movies and discussing the traits of the characters in the story. We then applied these traits to our own lives and talked about what kind of people we are and aspire to be. We are currently working on a 3D mask to express ourselves.

STAFF PICNIC

We have our monthly fellowship and rest at Joyce and Ray's house. The children had a great time swimming in the pool and a great time was had by everyone. A big thanks to Ray and Joyce. We will be back!

SLUMS

Khun Jiap has finished her community nursing training and is working as a volunteer for Hand to Hand for a period of 3 months to complete her internship. She has been a great blessing helping to tend to the old and sick in the slum and also assisting with the baby center.
 
Khun Baat was very happy to receive a new fan to help keep her cool as the temperatures start to rise. Her old fan had no cover and did not very well. A big thanks to our Norwegian friends who provided this fan for her.

PRISON

This month we have seen the number of inmates increase back to the usual levels. There were some men from Ghana who were hosting their own prayer meetings in their cell. When we arrived and began to worship with them the spirit of the Lord came and it was so, so sweet. The others in the cell also gave their hearts to the Lord. We prayed for them and then they prayed for us too. 
We are thankful to all the teams that have come to help us this month. Many hands do indeed make light work and they have been such a blessing to us!

REGENTS SCHOOL FRIENDS
The grade 3 students from The Regent’s School came to visit us for the day, which was a lot of fun. They organized fun games and activities that kept us busy the whole day.
 
We also had the opportunity to take some of our children to the Regent’s International Day where we were spoiled with fun games, activities and lots of yummy food.
CHILD PROTECTION VISIT
We had a visit from the child protection and development center who came with their education van to talk to us about staying safe. The children enjoyed the presentation and also learned more about saying no and keeping themselves safe!
SLUM CHURCH
Pastor Troy and Josh from the Community of Faith Church and the Hands of Hope Foundation in the US came to visit us and train some staff. There have been ongoing conversations since the end of last year between us about the possibility of providing a church in the slums and this will now become a reality. The leaders of 3 slum areas are very excited about the proposal to host a church in their area, which will begin in July 2015.
 
Hell’s Angels really are Guardian Angels
A big thanks to the Hell’s Angels motor bike club who raise 300, 000 baht for the Hand to Hand Foundation through a charity boxing night. Thanks to all who came and supported this event and to Nikki who worked so hard to make it all happen.
 
The day before the charity fight the children were invited to see a demonstration of muay thai boxing and also had the opportunity to practice their own skills in the ring!
PRIMAVERA
A big thank you to Primavera and Bosch who have generously sponsored and provided the finances for many new children to go to school, including some university students!
TRAINING
Some of our volunteers and staff had the opportunity to go to the 2nd Annual Anti Human trafficking conference hosted by Exodus Road. We were very grateful to be invited to attend this event.
Prayer Points.
  • For the preparations to begin the slum church in July.
  • For Akiew and his mum who has TB. Pray also for the family as he transitions back to live with them.
  • For Tong Kla that we would be able to identify what is actually wrong with him so that he can get better.
  • For our sponsors who give so generously.
  • For the health of all of our staff, students and volunteers.
  • For the families of our students.
  • For our scholarship students as they begin their long summer break.
  • For a clear direction for the government in Thailand.
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Nongprue, Banglamung
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