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20 November 2008
Lunch the best meal we will ever eat and delicious every day (read in thai)I enjoy eating eggs very much.
I enjoy eating eggs very much.

Phayao: “WVFT sees the deprivations of children here. They do not have the same educational opportunities as their peers in big towns have. These underprivileged children could become good citizens if given the opportunity. By themselves, the border patrol police are limited,” the schoolmaster Pol. Sub-Lt. Ari Toonin answered my query. The schoolmaster then went back to the time when WVFT came in to help the Betty Domain School.  It is one of the border patrol police schools that Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Boromaratchachonnani helped to build for hill tribe children. The border patrol police are given the responsibility of educating the children.

The Betty Domain Border Patrol Police School accepts from preschool to primary grade students. Today student enrolments total 187 made up of hill tribe children living on the Phayao hillsides. According to child and youth development program in the remote rural areas initiated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the children are to receive good nutrition, good health, educated on being faithful, economical and patient, technical skills, livelihood, care for natural resources and proud of their culture and local traditions. The school has arranged for the hill tribe children to learn via satellite curriculum. The students’ school grades have improved as a result and they are able to compete their technical skills with other schools.

The students help to raise rabbits in their school.
The students help to raise
rabbits in their school.
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The students help to raise rabbits in their school.
The students help to raise
rabbits in their school.
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The students help to care for the pigs as part of their school agricultural project for the lunch program.
The students help to care for the pigs as
part of their school agricultural projec
for the lunch program.

WVFT provided the school children with computers, teaching Chinese language, sports equipment, materials for the school dormitory, such as mosquito screens, beds and bathrooms, education and agricultural project for school lunch program. Primary grade 4 to 6 students are in charge of growing vegetables on a plot of land, raising pigs, hens and rabbits. The children learn to work as a team. This is a practical on-the-field training for them so that when they come across any problem in the future, they will know how to solve them.

The students help to care for the pigs as part of their school agricultural project for the lunch program.
The students help to care for the pigs as
part of their school agricultural project for
the lunch program.

The school lunch program is a success. Their bodies are well nourished and healthy. The schoolmaster mentioned one important change as a result of this program. “The children’s mental health has improved as can be seen from their studies. Their lives have also improved for the better. This is very inspirational to all of us here. The border patrol police alone cannot accomplish the task. Because of the support that we receive from a few agencies and WVFT in child sponsorship, we are able to overcome problems and accomplish the goals that we have set up.”

Prapavadee Chamnan, 12, a primary Grade 6 student is one of the 105 students in Betty Domain School. Prapavadee wants to study nursing one day. She is WVFT’s sponsored child since primary Grade 2. The child spoke about how she felt being supported by WVFT. “I’m so glad. If I didn’t receive scholarship and a place to stay in school, I don’t think that I would be able to study. My family is poor and my house is far from the school.”

Naiseng Sae Tang, 12, is Prapavadee’s best friend. Both of them are from the Yao ethnic minority. Naiseng added her views, “I also want to be a nurse. I want to thank WVFT for helping me to go to school and providing us with a school lunch program. The food is delicious every day.”