Dear friends ,
Welcome back on our website with new updates. 16th of October, after 7 busy months in Beek we’ll fly for the 4th time back to Maesot in Thailand at the border with Burma.
The New Blood School we support already wrote us with the problems they face this year: teachers salaries, housing and more. Only the teachers in 7-9 Grade get their salary. Other teachers (70%) are working on a voluntary bases. Our budget cannot fill that gap. They all should earn a minimum of 4000 Thai Baht which is about 120 US Dollar per month.
What we can do is work on the quality of life and improving hygienic standards. Big organisations help the school with school equipment and a minimum amount on food. Rice and vegetables is cheap and the children do not suffer from malnutrition. Dormatories, toilets are very important and most of our budget we’ll spent on this.
Last year (Feb-Mrt 2017) we donated the money for a new toilet building with 4 toilets and a new dormatory for about 40 girls. This all thanks to your gifts and staying in our Airbnb. We’ve also spend our budget on the repair of schoolbusses, clothes, toys, laptops, towels sport equipment and computers. We also try to finance an extra meal for the children who lives in the school twice a year. Remember how happy they were when we bought and prepared a lunch for them with our (grand) children? Have a look on the video.
The school managed to make a crowdfunding video on youtube for a new dormatory for the boys. Good work!! However the haven’t received a donation yet.
For sure we will work on a new project for keeping the children in a more safe and better building. We will keep you informed on this topic. A friend of us in Bangkok (John) will donate his towels from his massage salon and also pillows. A new dormatory will cost approxemately 5 to 6 thousand Euro and a new toilet building with 4 toilets about 1500 Euro.
Because we visit the school every day we can see how they proceed with the work and keep control on the finance which is very important to prepare such a job. Even the children will help where they can. Do you remember this video?
Besides the building we also want to do something for the children to buy a little extra on the daily rice and vegetables. A piece of chicken and a boiled egg is like a party meal or them.But think of 500 children for lunch is 500 eggs and 500 piece of chicken. In Total some 250 Euro but really worth it if you see the face of the children. Note that 500 eggs is a pile of 17 trays (1 meter high)
Gerda and Martien wants, on behalf of the children to thank everyone who contributed. It is still possible to donate and every Euro counts.
Gerda en Martien