Hand to Hand’s pre-school is open every Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and we currently have 46 children enrolled from the local slums. Typically these children are from low income families. Their parents might be garbage recyclers, construction workers and manual labourers. If the pre-school didn’t exist the children aged 2-6 years old would be left alone in the slum all day or taken to dangerous work environments.
The school is free and provides food, education, clothing and medical needs for the students. Many of the children that attend spend more time at the centre than they do at home. They eat all their meals here, they sleep here, bathe here, play here and are loved here. The children are taught both Thai and English and get the opportunity to experiment and play with various arts and crafts. By the time the children are enrolled into school they know the alphabets, times tables up to 12, colours, numbers and animals in both Thai and English.
We ensure that by the time the kids have reached school age, all their documentation to be enrolled in a local school is complete including birth certificates and house registration. It became apparent that many of the kids that were showing up for pre-school were old enough to be in school but had never been, for many different reasons, but the most common was lack of finances. As a result we embarked on a scholarship program; almost all of the children in Hand to Hand’s scholarship program come to one or all of our outreach programs.
Sponsor a child
Hand to Hand provides education free of charge to families but this program costs a lot of money to run. Your sponsorship would provide for all the child’s books, food, clothing, medical and classroom resources for the entire year. Learn more about sponsoring a child.
You can also give a one off donation to support the costs of our work or commit to a regular donation to the pre-school. You can donate via PayPal or make a direct bank deposit. For details go to our donate page.
Teacher salary, 1 month – 9000 baht
School supplies for 46 children (pencils, paint, paper, glue, scissors etc), 1 term – 5000 baht