Hello friends

As many of you know we have built a strong relationship over the last six months with Pa Bong Taoganjan school, in Mae Suai,assisting them with teaching English and Math programs. If you have been following us, you also know this is a boarding school housing Akha Hill Tribe children, for primary grades Kindergarten through Six. We recently were granted permission to tour the dormitory and cafeteria facilities on the property to assess the existing condition of the living areas, with the intent of assisting with improvements and on going maintenance. When a local Children’s Home in Mae Suai shut down several years ago, the Headmaster of this school, took it upon himself to build accommodation for these children so that they could continue to receive an education. The school does not have a budget for improvement or on going maintenance. I am sure from all our posts you know how these children have touched our hearts and for those of you who have visited here, we know they’ve touched your hearts as well. The Christian seed was planted in these children years ago and is being watered by a weekly church service held on the site. We believe it is time to show Gods love in action by physically making improvements to the conditions in which these kids live. Of 162 children attending this school,142 live on site here. Although we knew we would not see great conditions, we were shocked at the conditions we encountered, and see the needs here as being dire. As I write this blog, we are working on building new clothing drying racks for each dormitory, and recovering the tables in the cafeteria, as these are two of the needs we have the funds on hand to meet. We hope to fill some other immediate needs as soon as possible with your help. Please see the attached list of both immediate and long term needs .Stayed tuned to our Face Book Page for more information, pictures and videos.

PABONG TAOGANJAN SCHOOL FOR AKHA HILL TRIBE CHILDREN

LONG TERM PROJECT- ORIGINAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT    (Costs Approx. In Canadian $)

IMMEDIATE NEEDS- DORMITORY AND CAFETERIA AREAS

150 PILLOWS                      $1100.00  (some are old and worn, many do not have a pillow)

150 BLANKETS                   $1100.00 (some are old and worn, many do not have a blanket)

60 MOSQUITO NETS         $250.00 (shortage of nets, not enough for every bed)

45 WARDROBES                $3600.00 (current wardrobes are breaking apart)

6 CLOTHES RACKS            FUNDED (to be built, the supplies are funded)

HANGERS FOR RACKS      FUNDED  (200 Hangers for clothes racks)

3 ROLLS LINO COVER       FUNDED  (for Cafeteria tables)

LONG TERM NEEDS-DORMITORY AND LIVING CONDITIONS

40 PAILS OF PAINT                           $3200.00 (estimated need)

FLOOR TILING                                 TO BE PRICED (1 girls dorm has no tiles on the floor)

WEEKEND LUNCH FUNDING          $400.00 PER WEEK ( improve meals on Sat and Sun)

GAMES AND TOYS                           TO BE PRICED OR BY DONATION (for free time activity)

MAINTENANCE PERSON                  $550 PER MONTH (to up keep improvements)