After finishing our water project, we moved on to our next village to work with government contractors and village leaders on the preschool program. When we arrived, the school building was already in the process of being refurbished. With the help of government engineers, we built the roof and cleaned out the building. The Thai school term starts in June, so in the coming months we will paint the school, buy school supplies for the 40 students, and work with government authorities and the new teacher to ensure that everything is in order. This includes the free, protein rich meals that will be provided free of charge to students every day. We are so excited about this school, as it will advance both education and public health for the entire village. Children will begin their education at the age of two, and will receive nutritious meals that promote mental and physical development in such a formative stage of their lives. Furthermore, the mothers who previously had to take care of their young children every day will be able to work in the rice fields; we are confident that this will lead to positive economic effects for the village as a whole.
I enjoyed my time in this village greatly, and was ecstatic to hear that everyone is so excited about their new school. Below are some pictures of our construction, the village, and the people that call it home.