This temple school in a small village of Buengkan Province is a for kids in poverty to come and recieve an education. There are, on a good day, about 16 kindergarten students that attend. All of these kids come from families who cannot afford the public school fees for books, uniforms, school supplies, sometimes tuition, and transportation to and from. In Buengkan there is no public school bus available for students, they must pay for a van or bus pickup/drop off service.The kids that go to this school are all from that village and their homes are only a short distance away.
The teachers at this school know the families of each and every student, and they are well aware of their home lives and living conditions. They care for these students and want to make sure each child is taken care of both while at school and at home. Coming to school provides each child with at least one full meal a day, something that isn’t always guaranteed at home. The teachers will, when needed, also take the kids back home after school if their parents or guardians are still out working or otherwise unable to come.
During our visits to the school so far we have brought clothing that has been graciously donated to Mundo Exchange by the Price family and our friends in Ireland, as well as a school supplies such as a notebook, pencil, pen, eraser, pencil sharpener, and other small but essential items. We also give the teachers toothpaste to help keep the kids’ teeth clean after lunch, and the kids get a small tube of toothpaste to bring home.
We have been told by the teachers that the students LOVED the school supplies and the bag that we gave them, and even slept with them during naptime. The parents will also be very grateful for the outfits we were able to provide last time around. We also gave a small plush toy to each one of the kids and it was so much fun to watch their imaginations turn on and hear their laughter as they played together!
Mundo Exchange wants to do more for these kids and their families. We want to do more for all families who are living in poverty! After talking with the teachers they are able to identify three or four students whose home lives are particularly rough. We want to make specialised care packages for these kids and their families. Care packages that include more clothing, food, and hygenic items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, and more.