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Listen to Louis Armstrong’s most famous song, and when he gets to the verse where he hears babies cry and he watches them grow, “They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know” he could not have sung a truer word.

Give a toddler, one who is too young even to read and write, a smart phone, an iPad or a PC, and they will use it with ease, surprising many with their ability to understand the workings of each particular piece of technology.

Anneli from Denmark donated an iPad.Anneli from Denmark donated an iPad.

Computers are now a part of everyday life. For those attending schools, colleges and universities the ability to use a computer is essential. Students are expected to have access to a computer to complete research and homework, and even for poor families owning a computer is a modern day necessity.

The residents of the Father Ray Children’s Village and Children’s Home are no different; they want access to computers, but they do not come cheap. Thankfully there have been several donations from visitors around the world.

Robert Younger, right, presents his gifts to Brother Denis.Robert Younger, right, presents his gifts to Brother Denis.

Regular visitor to the Children’s Village, Robert Younger from Newcastle in the UK, recently donated, among other things, eight brand new Dell laptops.

David Terrence Hall, from Kent in the UK, and Anneli Edvardsson from Denmark donated a Dell laptop and an iPad. Members from the Daegu Wonjin Lions Club in South Korea asked for extra baggage allowance from their airline so they could transport five Samsung computers to Pattaya.

All these newly donated computers will be put to good use, and while the children will be allowed time to play games, they will be of great benefit to their education.

Members from the Daegu Wonjin Lions Club in South Korea asked for extra baggage allowance from their airline so they could transport five Samsung computers to Pattaya.Members from the Daegu Wonjin Lions Club in South Korea asked for extra baggage allowance from their airline so they could transport five Samsung computers to Pattaya.

But more computers are needed. In 2010 the first three residents of the Father Ray Children’s Home graduated from university. Today there are eleven residents studying at campuses throughout the Kingdom. A further seven are enrolled at local vocational schools while twenty one residents from the Home received scholarships to a private school. There are twenty five 15-year-olds, and most will want to go on to further education after leaving school, and they will all need access to a personal computer to ensure they are up to date with their studies.

More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email [email protected]

The children look pleased with David’s donation.The children look pleased with David’s donation.