On the recent trip to Omkoi, Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, National Director of World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), has led staff from the Bangkok and regional offices to bring the love of sponsors and donors, along with school supplies, bedding sets, blankets, and knowledge-supplementing books, to a total of 320 sponsored children in grade 1 to 12 from 12 schools. Mr Siwa Thamikanont, Omkoi District Chief, educational institutes’ executives, teachers, and members of Education Quality Development Network Committee have also joined the handover event at the auditorium of Omkoi District Office.
‘We are committed to our work for the development of children, families, and communities, in order to ensure that they experience life in all its fullness. We will collaborate with all sectors to establish proper childcare, good quality of life, and improved well-being for children’, said Dr Sarawut.
Something special about this handover trip is that it was tagged along by staff from the Bangkok office who were granted an opportunity to have firsthand experience in doing activities with children, as well as feeling the sense of delight from working for vulnerable children in Omkoi Project, Chiang Mai province.
Mai, or Nichaphat, a finance officer at the Bangkok office, smiled while sharing what she had experienced and gained from this trip: ‘It was so exciting and such a good experience for me. I’m so glad to have an opportunity to visit the project. I saw how the field staff worked and realised that it was not easy at all. It took heart to do everything. I witnessed how beneficial our project was to children in the field. I feel encouraged to work harder to improve my area of responsibilities’.
In the afternoon, the visitors have departed the district office to Ban Sop Lan School in Yang Piang sub-district to hand over the school supplies, bedding sets, blankets, and knowledge-supplementing books to sponsored children studying there. Ban Sop Lan School is a small-sized school located in a remote area. Despite the distance of only 30 km from the district centre, it takes 2 hours on a four-wheel-drive truck through a head-rocking, bumpy road to reach the school. Aside from the handover activity, the visitors have also seen the demonstration of the bilingual instructional process, an innovation to address early childhood illiteracy that has been introduced by WVFT and carried on for 3 years.
‘Thank you WVFT for the support. Because of bilingual learning, children seem to be happy. They enjoy learning and their academic performance has improved’, Niphaphorn Charoensikhirichai, a 2nd-year kindergarten teacher, thanked sponsors on behalf of her students for their generosity given through WVFT’s Child Sponsorship Programme. The kindness passed to children has also enhanced her teaching skills and capacity and built the readiness of the distant school she works for.
The Child Sponsorship Programme of Omkoi Project has started its work to promote child well-being development since 2006. Currently, the implementation includes 3 key projects: Literacy Hand in Hand (LHH), Positive Youth Development (PYD), and Community Engagement and Sponsorship Plan (CESP).