Women With a Mission advancing opportunities to young people through education

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Women With a Mission, now the original team of 3 along with a core group of dedicated local volunteers are making positive change to the lives of both migrant students on the Thai Myanmar border, and younger students with disabilities here in Chonburi.

After a recent trip to the CDTC Learning Centre in Mae Sot to interview year 9 students who would otherwise be finishing their education through lack of opportunity now have hope to receive scholarships to continue their schooling.

It is a joy to visit the centre and see the changes in these students each week. It is a joy to visit the centre and see the changes in these students each week.

Another group of 9 students who are already on scholarships to attend year 10 are excited at the possibility to continue on to year 11. These students all come from impoverished backgrounds, some are without parents, and without WWM support would be working in factories, as labourers in the construction industry, or agricultural workers.

Their ambitions are high, to complete their schooling and attend trade school, or continue on studying to have a profession. All value education and understand how different their lives will be from that of their parents.

Visiting children in Myanmar.Visiting children in Myanmar.

Locally, WWM are working with Baan Khun Boon Choo, specifically with young students with autism, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome, through the funding of a special classroom, a specifically trained teacher to give students one on one learning. Support from volunteers qualified to work with these wonderful young people has given WWM the opportunity to extend the program, and bring joy to these students as they master actions and movements we might take for granted.

WWM are working with Baan Khun Boon Choo, specifically with young students with autism, cerebral palsy, and Down SyndromeWWM are working with Baan Khun Boon Choo, specifically with young students with autism, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome

WWM partnering with local groups and organizations enable these programs to continue, Pattaya International Ladies Club making a major contribution to fund the teachers salary at Baan Khun Boon Choo, Pattaya Sports Club and Jesters Care for Kids helping to establish the classroom needs.

Women With a Mission are working together with the PILC to fund a teacher’s salary for the Baan Khun Boon Choo centre in Sattahip. The centre, which caters for students with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and other similar disabilities relies on donations from the community to operate, and so the level of care these young people  receive is dependent upon the community.

Women With a Mission are working together with the PILC to fund a teacher’s salary for the Baan Khun Boon Choo centre in Sattahip.Women With a Mission are working together with the PILC to fund a teacher’s salary for the Baan Khun Boon Choo centre in Sattahip.

Women With a Mission visited the centre in 2012 and realized that while buildings and daily nourishment were being taken care of, there was no real individual attention for these young people to develop and grow.  The urgent need for a teacher with special needs training was identified, and through WWM a trained teacher is now employed to work at the centre, developing individual training programs. More training is being spearheaded for the carers at the centre for 2014. Women With a Mission along with trained expat women like Hedi Sizoo and Laurie B. are also working to develop programs for individuals.

PILC’s contribution is 12 months of salary for the autistic teacher at the center.

Pattaya Sports Club have also joined as a community partner to support computers with special learning programs for the students, and special learning tools to assist the teachers. Jesters Care for Kids are assisting with the ongoing training for the staff at the center.

Wow, does that make for a great group of people to be a part of the development of these wonderful young people. It is a joy to visit the centre and see the changes in these students each week. Children who were not speaking a year ago are now excitedly repeating words!

We were able to get a Blind child (Khun Oui) into the School for the Blind in Pattaya in Oct. 2013.

Women With a Mission who are spearheading this project know that individuals can make a difference, and are dedicated to providing children of all ages, social and cultural backgrounds the necessary tools to receive a proper education.

Now a new team of 4 women are working hard to prepare for the exciting Pattaya Family Bike Day an upcoming event on March 9th, at Thai Polo Park.  Funds raised will allow many of CDTC and CDC scholarship students to continue their education.  Mark your calendar and do not miss this great day!

FLYER