March, 2016
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This time of year is bitter sweet for us as we say goodbye to nine of our children who are ready to start Grade 1 in the government Thai school system. We are so proud of the achievements they have made whilst with us at Hand to Hand and we can confidently say they are all academically and socially ready to take this big step into ‘big’ school. These children will now go onto our scholarship program.
This month the older students have been learning about addition and subtraction and we have also studied the place value of digits in larger numbers. Our younger students have been focusing on counting, reading and writing numbers to 10.
Thanks to Miss Suzi and Miss Kelly our English skills are developing well and we have been blessed with many volunteers who have done special crafts and activities with the children.
Our friends from the Norwegian mini golf group are always there on a Wednesday to take Khun Pai shopping to feed all the hungry mouths at Hand to Hand. When the supplies arrive at the center everyone lends a willing hand!
It is also a time of transition for our scholarship children as they finished their academic year in March. All four of our students graduating from Grade 12 will be entering into university to continue their education. Most of our university students are the first member of their family to finish school and when they complete their courses will be able to earn enough money to rescue the whole family from poverty. We have sent all scholarship updates to sponsors and if you have not received an update of your child please let me know ASAP. If you would like to sponsor a child to go to school please email us at
Students from the Regent’s International School Pattaya purchased buckets from local stores which they then used as drums in a fantastic performance. Hand to Hand were the lucky recipients of these ‘drums’ which we then took to the slums where we played games and music with them before distributing to the members of the slum community!
Every Tuesday evening we continue to worship with the community in the Goh Pai slum. The El Shaddai family lead worship and translate for us each service and also assist us with the teaching of the children’s church. Rain or moonlight the community are waiting for us to arrive!!!
Our church in the Khao Talo Slum is growing and people from the Theprasit area are also coming to worship with us. It is such a blessing to work with these people who deeply love and care for each other 24/7.  Whilst Margie has been away in Australia it is fantastic to see some of our scholarship children come to take over the children’s program.
Thank you to the El Shaddai family who bless us in so many ways. Each week they come to lead worship in the Goh Pai slum, help lead the children’s activities, assist at the center and even put together an amazing display of the children’s work. No job to big or too small for this talented family!!
Rilana Vorderwuelbecke is an artist who came all of the way from Germany to work with our children, staff and community churches helping us to imagine, create and explore materials in may different ways. With the help of her whole family, the children were introduced to movement and music activities that helped to unlock the creative abilities in us all. She has taken our masterpieces with her, which she will then sell in her gallery to help raise funds for Hand to Hand. Thank you Rilana and we are still painting and creating!
Thanks to the student’s, staff and parents at Regent’s International School Pattaya who provided the funds for us to install a new water filter which provides purified water from the tap so that we can drink it! This will save us thousands of baht every month in purchasing bottled water!
Staff members from the Triumph company constructed, installed, cleaned, painted and renovated our center throughout the whole month of March. The work ended in a working bee where over 50 staff members volunteered their time and expertise on a Saturday morning, which saw all the projects completed. Thanks to their generosity we have security cameras and a proper fire alarm system installed. Our kitchen walls are covered in a washable backing and our classrooms got a new facelift with washable paint. By far the biggest hit with the children are the 3 walls that have been turned into chalkboards where they can freely draw and write whatever they want to. So many improvements, far too many to list… so come and visit us to take a look!
We had the opportunity to visit the International School and host an internet safety campaign for students from Grade 4 through to Grade 12, educating them on how to use the internet safely and what to do if they have been a victim of online abuse. The students brought in items for the Hand to Hand center which have been put to immediate use. In the afternoon there was time to work with the Thai teaching assistants about child protection issues and how we can all make a difference to this global problem.
Khun Su who has diabetes, was homeless with her teenage son until we found a place for her in the Goh Pai slum. Having no money or transport Khun Su was not able to receive her regular dialysis treatment, which led to her having 3 toes on her foot needing to be amputated. Now under the care of Hand to Hand she has a place to call home for both her and her son. The small room in the slum is rented by Hand to Hand and we furnished it with items from the center and staff giving beds and cupboards from their own homes too. Volunteers take her to the dialysis center three times per week and our Hand to Hand staff attend to the dressings on her foot every day. If you would like to help transporting Khun Su to her treatment or assisting with the rent of her room please contact us at
A huge thanks to Khun Sunee who donates medical supplies each month to be used at the center, slums and prisons each month. She often comes with treats for our children, which is such a blessing!
Baby Mak was found on a Cambodian construction site suffering from a life threatening condition that caused fluid to build up in her head. Together with Angela from the Pattaya Slum Ministry and a very generous sponsor, Mak was able to have a life saving surgery. With a shunt in place to drain the fluid she is doing better, however she is still very developmentally delayed. 
All of the abandoned babies have been placed in the orphanage so our baby ‘cuddlers’ are taking a break. A huge thanks to Lolly, Khun Jiap and Khun Yu who go each week sharing supplies, love and the gospel.
  • For our sponsors who give so generously.
  • For the the churches in the slums.
  • A long term (12 months or more) volunteer interested in our projects and administration.
  • For the health of all of our staff, students and volunteers over the songkran break.
  • For a clear direction for the government in Thailand.
  • For our grant application that we have made to purchase land and build low cost housing.
  • For baby Mak and her continued recovery.
  • For our pre school children transitioning into Thai school.
  • For our scholarship children that they will all receive sponsors for this next academic year.
If you wish to make a donation please click on the donate button below and it will take you directly to our website. Click on how to get involved and there you will find all of the donation information that you need.
Our mailing address is:
Hand to Hand Foundation
418/39,Suksabai Villa 3, Moo 10
Nongprue, Banglamung
20150 Chonburi

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