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August, 2014
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Our New Home
We are so thankful to Sukanya and Winston from the Riviera Wong Amat for an excellent job on the renovations to our new Hand to Hand school. The work is progressing well and we hope to be finished construction in a few more weeks. We will then close the center for 2 weeks whilst we move and we hope to be settled in by the middle of October.
Pre School
Our student population at Hand to hand has changed significantly and we now have many more children in the 3-4 year old age group. We will be reorganising our volunteer assignments to meet the needs of these younger children.
 
We have all fully recovered from the chicken pox and are thankful for all the prayers and get well wishes.
 
ISE came to spend the day with us and we learned about how to keep our teeth healthy. They also brought some food, pampers, clothing and toothbrushes for all of our children.
 
Irina is from a university in Sweeden and she will be volunteering with us until the middle of December 2014.
 Prison
It has been a very quiet time in the prisons this month and one day we only had a total of 11 prisoners from both jails. We have many local volunteers to help every Saturday, which has eased our staffing burden a lot. There have also been some fantastic visiting teams to help during the week.
Dance Team
The ‘Colour Guard’ dance team that is sponsored by Hand to Hand and PILC recently went to Bangkok for their major dance competition. The group did extremely well and came runner up again at the national competition. They will come and teach our children some dance moves too.
Family Support
Thong Kla is a little 19 month old boy who suffers from a cleft palate and digestion issues. He is severely underweight and we are trying him on a new formula. A big thanks to the TFI group who are helping to support the purchase of his milk. He  has also been admitted to hospital with a severe lung infection and we are praying for a complete healing in his body.
 
With the beginning of the rainy season here in Thailand there have been some minor flooding issues. We have ensured the elderly and infirmed who have limited mobility have a safe and dry place to stay.

If you would like to sponsor a family please contact us at www.handtohandpattaya@yahoo.com
Hospital
The children’s ward at the Banglamung hospital has been very crowded as a severe case of influenza is making many people in the city sick. We have been able to provide the basic needs of many of the children and at times we have also assisted the nurses with the care of children who have no parent or guardian with them.

Pai and Jiap attended a meeting with nurses and government officials to discuss way in which the needs of the poor who are sick can be adequately met.
Crossing
Our Saturday activities are very popular and we have up to 60 children arriving for these activities. We are very thankful to ‘Nick the Pizza’ who supplies great food for us to enjoy every Saturday and Monday.

We have been learning about how to take care of our bodies and also thank God for all of the abilities that we have. 
 
When we move to our new building we be offering some English language lessons for interested students. Some specialist teachers from the Regents International School will be running this program for free. We will also have the staffing and space to separate the younger children from the older children for the games, crafts and story time.
We Are Happy!!!!!
The latest Hand to Hand video is finished thanks to David Enge who came and produced it for us. If you haven’t had a chance to have a look at it, check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjBPw52L7Ms&feature=youtu.be
Child Protection Training
Margie has been working with the Regents International School of Pattaya and the International School of Chonburi helping to train up their Thai staff members about child protection issues. The training included defining types of abuse, how to recognise abuse and also ways that the staff can ensure that it is prevented in the first place. It was a good opportunity to revisit the school’s policy and assess the potential risks in various situations. The participants were also challenged to reconsider some of their traditional mindsets through discussions and case studies and applying these to the current laws regarding children in Thailand. In addition to this, the training looked at child protection issues in the wider community and how the staff can be advocates for child safety in the areas where they live.
Baby Care
We still have 3 babies at the baby care center with another baby on his/her way. We are so thankful to all of the generous donations that have been given to make this center possible.
 
Bill and Barb Jentz will be arriving to run this project on the 26th September and we are looking forward to their arrival. Shamee is from Singapore and she has started as a full time volunteer at the baby center.
Prayer Points.
  • For the US couple coming to run the creche in September this year. Pray for their health and finances.
  • For our staff as there is always so much to do and so little time.
  • For Shamee as she returns to Singapore to apply for her visas.
  • For the mum of Akiew who has TB.
  • For Tong Kla that his health would continue to improve.
  • For the safety of the builders at our new house.
  • For the staff of Hand to hand as we begin the process of sorting and cleaning in preparation to move.
  • For the Cambodian people as they either resettle in Cambodia or return to Thailand.
  • For the situation in Thailand that the world would know we are indeed safe.
  • For a clear direction for the government in Thailand.
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