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The scholarship students were invited to an afternoon of fun that they will never forget. Through the help of many generous sponsors, 35 students had the opportunity to listen to a live orchestra performance at the famous Tiffany’s Theatre. The Silpakorn Summer Music School (SSMS) Orchestra was led by renowned Japanese conductor, HikotaroYazaki.
Some of our student’s responses to the concert were:
I liked the drum because I felt it rumble in my tummy.
I liked the music because it made me think of the Tom and Jerry movie.
I liked the leader because he liked to make all the people clap their hands.
I liked the music because it made me day-dream.
I liked everyone in the band because they all worked together as a team.
We have had a lot of children in the jails this month and some of them were unaccompanied by any parent of guardian. We also had an 89 year old man from Cambodia who was quite ill, however we were able to provide him with some medical help that made him more comfortable.
A foreign inmate was suffering from diabetes and did not have any medication. We were able to help obtain this for him and work with the guards so that he could adequately medicate himself. Stablising his blood sugar levels was quite difficult but he remained in a stable condition.
We are thankful for Elizabeth and Emily from the Regents school who assist with prison ministry every Saturday.
The numbers of children attending our Saturday crossing activities have increased and sometimes we have close to 80 children plus grandmas, grandpas, mums and dads.
We have been learning about the meaning of Easter and how much God loves us.We acted out and thought about ways we can love God and other people too.
We have 50 scholarship students who have all been sponsored for the 2014- 2015 academic year. A big thanks to all those who have given generously.
We have been busy at pre school learning lots of new action words through rhymes. We have started learning the alphabet again with the letter ‘a’ as our older children have advanced onto Thai school. The younger group have been promoted to the next level and they are enjoying their lessons a lot.
In Thai classes we have been learning about animal families and their homes. We have been making lots crafts and our chicken hat was definitely a favourite! We have been learning to play some games in small groups, which is teaching us not only important skills but how to wait for our turn and follow the rules.
One of the abandoned babies has been sent to the orphanage in Bangkok, whilst the other 2 children remain at the Banglamung hospital. A girl of 4 months was abandoned by her mum at a condo as we are desperately searching for her to sign the birth certificate and other documentation. Without these papers it is very difficult to place the child and apply for legal satus.
Parents and children are so thankful for the pampers milk and toys that we bring each week.
A little baby boy was recently born at the Banglamung hospital with a cleft palate. He has been able to return home with his family whilst he awaits the necessary surgery. As the family is very poor the hospital has asked us to assist them with bottles, formula and pampers.
We are constantly assessing the needs of those in the slums and one family now has the finances to purchase luxury items. Due to this,they will no longer receive our weekly food drops.
We are so thankful for all of the donations that have enabled us to raise the 5.5. million for the new building. We are currently waiting on the building permits and title deeds to be verified by the land office and City Hall departments. Once we have these we will be able to purchase the building.We are so thankful for the lawyer who is providing all of his services for free.
We had a problem with the benz as the key just simply would not turn. We took it to a speicalised benz repair shop and we are so thankful for the smart mechanic who fixed the lock with baby powder at no charge.
This was a huge relief as we were told that we needed to replace the entire ignition system. This has saved us not only a lot of money but time too!
During the Songkran break the staff from Hand to Hand went away for a well deserved break. (Well we think so anyway!)
Our 'get away' was to Chantaburi about 4 hours from Pattaya where we could enjoy the beach and beautiful waterfalls.
Thanks to the sponsor who specifically asked her donation to be used for this purpose. We were truly blessed!
Pray for all of our scholarship students as they return to school.
Pray for our 20 Hand to Hand children who are entering into grade 1.
For the documents for the building to be finalised.
That we can find the mother of the abandoned baby in the Banglamung hospital.
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