Back to School with Jesters’ help

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Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive 2013

School holidays are almost over and many poor families face the added financial burden of fitting out their children for their return to classes. There are new uniforms to buy [kids have a habit of growing] as well as books, pens, pencils, erasers and, of course, some need shoes and possibly a backpack.

The Ban Chang Community Hospital has an Outreach Department under the control of Khun Mart, whose responsibility is to identify those families in the area who because of sickness or disability need assistance to help them get by. Jesters Care for Kids has for some time been assisting some of these emergency cases. So when we were approached to aid some of these children prepare for their return to school we were only too happy to oblige.

Woody and Bernie (seated center) say that outfitting these children for school is something the Jesters Care for Kids are happy to do.Woody and Bernie (seated center) say that outfitting these children for school is something the Jesters Care for Kids are happy to do.

On Thursday, May 2nd, President Woody of Jesters Care for Kids and myself met with Mart and her assistant Khun Porn at the Prasert Books in Ban Chang, where 33 children and their parents were assembled eagerly waiting to select their requirements. What could have been a giant mix up was carried out in the most orderly fashion as the staff attended to each child separately while the others queued patiently.

After a little over an hour the procedure was complete and each child carried his or her goods away in a plastic bag. Congratulations to the Ban Chang Hospital and the staff at Prasert Books on a job well done.  Also thanks to the proprietor of Prasert’s who allowed Jesters a generous discount when it came time to settle the account. The total cost of B20,000 to enable all these children to return to school with basic needs was a price Jesters Care for Kids was happy to pay.

For more info about our projects, please visit us at www.care4kids.info and/or www.facebook.com/jesterscare.forkids