Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive 2014
Women With a Mission (WWM) recently approached Jesters Care for Kids for financial assistance to continue a training programme at Khao Baisri Special Education Centre (KBS). Although KBS has staff and teachers to provide a safe environment and a structured education for the children, they also require special training needed to work with children afflicted by autism, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy. This training is available to the teachers but, of course, it comes at a cost. However, the Jesters readily agreed to fund this session once again.
The funding enabled teachers to attend specialized training workshops organized by the Autistic Centre in Bangkok. The result of these activities see the children’s education become more individualized and give them more opportunities to enter into the Thai public school system. Besides the session that recently took place in Sattahip, there will also be more of the same in Chonburi and Bangkok over the next few months.
(L to R) Boonchoo, Rosanne, baby Plai and Bernie.
I was fortunate to attend one of these training sessions at KBS, where Miss Karuna Piromtan, who is a supervisor of therapy education from the Ministry of Education in Chonburi, and several therapists from the Queen Sawang Wattana Hospital in Sriracha, displayed various techniques to the assembled teachers and volunteers. The therapists under the guidance of Miss Karuna used actual sufferers of various disabilities as models to give greater authenticity for the observers to note. The following day’s session was conducted by therapist Laurie Bastilles from the US.
Karuna Piromtan (right, with microphone), seen here with two teachers and an autistic child, is a supervisor of therapy education from the Ministry of Education in Chonburi.
Jesters Care for Kids has been a long time supporter of KBS Special Education Centre and were only too happy to support this programme, which was introduced by Women With a Mission in 2012. Any initiative to improve the conditions and opportunities of children with special needs will always be applauded by Jesters Care for Kids and financially supported as much as possible.
Well done to Roseanne Diamente and her group from the Women With a Mission and all who participated.
For more info about Jesters Care for Kids, please visit www.care4kids.info and www. facebook.com/jesterscare.kids.
Events: Children’s Fair is Sunday, September 7th at Regents (RISP) and GPN is Saturday, September 20th at Amari Orchid Pattaya.