Rotarians from District 7090 which covers both sides of the Niagara Falls in the USA and Canada visited the Human Help Network Thailand’s Drop-In and ASEAN Learning centers on Nov. 1 to gauge the level of their future support.
HHN Director Radchada Chomjinda welcomed the group of 15 Rotarians hosted by the Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard.
The American and Canadian Rotarians led by District Governor Elect Bob Artis were very interested in knowing more about the ASEAN Learning Center and how it helps less-fortunate children to evaluate what support is needed.
Rattanamada Sangrung, principal of the ASEAN Learning Center, said 50 transnational children possess a variety of abilities and fast learning skills. Some have good handwriting. Some can communicate with foreigners. Others want to learn various dances.
Books and supplies have been paid for by sponsors and volunteers, as well as private schools nearby. But the center still lacks necessary equipment and furniture, Rattanamada said.
The center also could use financial support for scholarships, she added.
A German volunteer said she was excited when she was first sent to work there because she had never done practical teaching before. She has taught English to Cambodian and Burmese children and has developed a close bond with them after just a few months.