We did not know anyone in the Thai village when we first came there in 2007. We said we wanted to help put up a daycare center for their young children, and they accepted our offer. We witnessed how the people of the village worked together, despite the rains, to make the school ready for their young ones.
Classes started the same year with two local teachers and 24 students with ages ranging from three to six.
Having the daycare is like taking care of a baby. We were not sure what we wanted to do, but we were excited on the development we see every time we come to the village. Despite the difficulty of maintaining the bamboo walls clean and having to bear with the steel roof that makes the room either too hot (when it is sunny) or too noisy (when it is raining), we saw the enthusiasm in the teachers, children, and their parents, who provided the encouragement we needed to pray more and work harder on the curriculum and the week-by-week lessons we want the kids to learn.
Before the first school year ended, we were able to bring Christmas to the village, befriend the parents of the children as well as the village leaders, who raised enough funds for the daycare’s reconstruction. Again, it was the villagers who worked hard to turn our simple daycare made of bamboo into a modest-looking school made of concrete with a very nice ceiling and clean walls.