HANDCLASP UPDATE  - May 2010
 
 
 
 

Sponsors & Friends

"Yes, I know this will answers many questions of the people. I think it is good to send out".
Siami
HANDCLASP - STUDENT'S PROGRESS
After 20 years, HRDC has developed a progression for students to follow. It was not all planned, some has just developed.
FINDING STUDENTS
Siami & staff visit remote villages in the Northern Forests. They take students from a Center to demonstrate their skills eg Choirs & Weaving Teams. Staff encourage parents to allow children to attend a school or craft class.
When parents are convinced they are sincere, they present the child for selection.
SELECTING STUDENTS
Prioriy is given to Orphans (most are in the care of grandparents). Pastors & Single Parent's children are next. Then children of very poor families. They are asked to commit to a period of time & taken to a Center.
CENTERS
Centers for Primary students are located in larger villages with Developed Schools. (Huayhpa, Huaynamsong, Chaemlaung, Maedet, Huayhya are current.)
PRIMARY YEARS IN SCHOOL
Most students enter a Center at 10 years or older. They will complete Grade 6 here. Some elect to attend school & live in a home with family. Centers vary in size (Huayhpa has up to 70 students, Huaynamsong has 55) To attend school each student must have a School uniform, Sports Uniform, shoes & books for 1 full year. (This prevents many from attending school without a Sponsor)
TRAINING
At a Center they recieve training to develop Life Skills. Farming, Cooking, Food Preparation, Cleaning & Hygiene are compulsary for boys & girls. Craft, sewing, music, carpenter skills, hunting, fishing are options. Outside Teachers volunteer to help & visiting groups are frequent.
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
When they complete Grade 6 they are selected to attend a larger school for 3 years. (Huayhpa students come to Museekee or Meachem.) Sports teams are a big part of the development here.
HIGH SCHOOL
When they complete Grade 9 they select a High school to attend. This is determined by FINANCE available. Sahamit at Museekee is affordable for all. Maechem is preferred by Huayhpa students but requires a "qualifying process". Pai, Samoeng & Chiangmai have more expensive accomodation.
COLLEGE
After High School graduation they are interviewed & a commitment is required to attend a college. Funding is a key factor here. Families are encouraged to contribute. Sponsors may increase donations. Students may work part time.
Options: Bible Schools (Local & Chiangmai) University in Chiangmai, Chiangrai & Bangkok. Colleges for Teachers, Business, Nursing, Manual skills. Apprenticeships are now available with a job opportunity with completion.
WORK EXPERIENCE
This is difficult! Unfortunately Thailand has discrimination! However, increased assocation beyond boundries has "opened doors". I see this as a great opportunity for Western intervention.
Learning work skills in a "controlled environment" has been successful.
JOB SELECTION
Determining a trade or profession has been difficult. Many have only been exposed to limited jobs like Pastors, Farmers, Teachers. We take time to expose each student to a variety of jobs.
VOLUNTEER GIFTS
When a student is established in a paid vocation, it is expected that they contribute to the Center that has served them. This is a Volunteer Gift & most are eager to give as soon as they are able.
FUTURE
To develop this Project further, HRDC needs (a) Committed Students (b) Committed Trained Staff (c) Committed Sponsors (d) Business people devoted to growing business opportunities for the students.
HRDC can use financed business. Students will benefit fron any business financed by USA supporters. Contact Don if you have a plan to offer.