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May, 2015
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PRE - SCHOOL
This month has been very exciting as we learn about 'Community Helpers'. We have visits from nurses, a doctor and the police to learn about the jobs that these people do. We visited the post office where we posted our own letters and then went behind the scenes to follow the process that our letters would take. The children were delighted when a few days later their letters were delivered to Hand to Hand and their homes by the postman. 
We learned about how doctors and nurses help us to stay healthy and Dr. Ian Corness and some nurses came from the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital to talk to us. We all had a check up and are happy to say that we are in tip top shape!
Our friendly policeman came from the Nong Prue police station to talk to us about how they keep people safe. The talked about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding on a motor bike and a push bike. They let us ride on the big police motor cycle, in the police truck and we had a chance to put on the sirens and flashing lights too!
MUSIC
We are all enjoying the music classes with Miss Nikol. Some of us have been learning to read music and we performed our first concert for our friends at Hand to Hand. Thank you so much Miss Nikol!!!
Several of our pre school children graduated from Hand to Hand and are now studying at the local Thai schools. Many of them come to our Saturday program so we still have the opportunity to love for them.
 
PRISON
It has been a very busy month in the prisons and we so thankful to the many teams and volunteers who have been helping us. We are constantly in need of small toiletry packs to give to the prisoners. If you are staying at a hotel or on a plane please collect any small containers of shampoo, soap, tooth brushes etc. and pass them onto us. These items are like 'gold' to those in prison!

BABY CARE

We are very happy to say that Ochin has settled in well with his family in northern Thailand. Occasionally the mum still calls us for advice on how to help and care for him and we are happy that help is only a phone call away.
We received a new indoor slider and swing which is in constant use and a great tool for developing gross motor skills.
Meena had her vaccinations this month and she was very brave!

NEW TRUCK

A very generous sponsor has kindly purchased a Nissan pick up truck for Hand to Hand. The little honda jazz that belonged to Margie was being used for heavy loads that were too much for it to carry so it was traded in for a brand new truck. Now we can transport people, water and stuff safely and easily. We are continuously amazed at the generosity of people and blessings from God!

CROSSING

Our Saturday kids program has been very well attended with about 50- 60 kids arriving each week and we have started English conversation lessons fro 2:00pm - 3:00pm. The month of May is the season for returning to school and all of our scholarship children have been sponsored to go to school. A big thanks to everyone for their kindness and generosity
 

CHILD PROTECTION

This month Margie was invited to be part of a group to help write the policy on violence against children for the ASEAN community. The zero draft had been written by the team of lawyers and government officials and this was an opportunity to have a voice for children in all areas of the sector, especially those in local lock ups. This document will be presented at ASEAN summit in November and hopefully all of the ASEAN countries will agree to it so that it can begin to be implemented.
 

SLUMS

A big thank you to one of our sponsors who donated 2 brand new wheelchairs. These chairs have radically changed the quality of life for 2 ladies who were immobile and suffering under the extreme heat simply because they could not be moved.
The families are getting very excited about the new church we are starting and we will launch this at the end of June/ beginning of July.

FRIDGE
Our vegetables were freezing and our ice was melting so knew it was time to get a new fridge. A big thanks to a sponsor who ordered a brand new one for us and had it delivered to Hand to hand free of charge. Now our ice is frozen and our vegetables ate delicious!
 

HOSPITAL

It has been a busy month at the hospital with lots of sick babies who have needed pampers and milk formula. One Cambodian mum who could not cope left her premature baby at the hospital and as the baby is not Thai she has no access to free medical care. The baby needs a specialized formula until she is 3kg and Hand to Hand is now providing this milk for her. We will not take her into our baby home as we are not an orphanage. The nurses and social welfare officers are making arrangements for her long term care.
 

A FACE LIFT

A big thanks to Pieter van der Beek who has given both the Hand to Hand center and web page a new face lift. The music room is now decorated with a creative mural of monsters playing all kinds of instruments and it looks fantastic.
Our web page will look a bit different next time you visit the site and it is now much easier to navigate. Our email address has also changed to be ....

info@handtohandpattaya.com
 

This new email is much more secure than the yahoo address so please send all messages to this address. Thanks!
 

POSITIONS VACANT!
 We have not replaced Khun Oi and Khun Tam's position as yet so we have been severely short staffed. Amazingly this month 5 more local volunteers have joined our team with skills ranging from administration to teaching. This has meant that we can continue with our normal program and accept new children to fill the spaces left vacant by our graduates.

We are seeking to employ 2 Thai staff. One position would include teaching duties and the other administration. English is an advantage but no necessary.



 
 Prayer Points.
  • For the preparations to begin the slum church in July.
  • For Tong Kla for wisdom and a correct diagnosis.
  • For 2 new staff members to join our team.
  • For our sponsors who give so generously.
  • For 2 new Thai staff members.
  • A long term (12 months of more) volunteer interested in our projects and administration.
  • For Margie as she prepares for her trip to Canada and the US later this year.
  • For the abandoned Cambodian baby.
  • For the health of all of our staff, students and volunteers.
  • For a clear direction for the government in Thailand.
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Nongprue, Banglamung
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