Year 2 support Children of the Forest Charity
Click the image below to visit Children of the Forest Charity
Friendship Friday is an annual whole-school Patana event which has two important objectives; 1) connect children through fun and friendship, 2) to learn more about our Year Group charity and raise important funds for them.
In Year 2, our nominated charity is Children of the Forest Foundation. This charity is located on the Thai-Myanmar border in the province of Kanchanaburi and serves a vital role in supporting displaced and homeless children and their mothers. It provides education to children and teenagers which empowers them and opens opportunities to improve their life chances. The charity also provides important shelter, food and medical support.
Children of the
Forest Charity were established in 2005 and are a Registered non-profit Foundation based in Sangkhlaburi, an area close to the Thai –
Myanmar border. They are nestled amongst a community of approximately 150,000
stateless refugees who have escaped from years of oppression in Myanmar. Significant
numbers in the community were born in Thailand but being denied Thai
citizenship means their access to education, legal support and healthcare is
denied. This makes the community highly vulnerable to all forms of exploitation,
and children are an especially vulnerable group.
Children of the Forest supports families (particularly
children and mothers) to break the repeating cycle of poverty. Their ‘Free
School’ offers kindergarten and elementary programmes for up to 250 children –
resourcing them with educational supplies and a daily breakfast and lunch.
Their preparatory education programmes enable children to eventually transition
into the Thai education system. Additionally, Children of the Forest provide a
child protection centre for abandoned, abused or orphaned children. They also
provide a mother’s refuge and healthcare clinic providing free healthcare
treatment for families.
Thanks to the generous support of the Patana School Community, and our fantastic fund raising efforts throughout the year, (in particular our Term 2 Spell-a-thon fundraiser), we have been able to help fund refurbishment works to the Children of the Forest Girl's House.
Improvements have included replacing the bamboo floors with high-quality wooden panels, building two new outdoor salas which provide some quiet relaxation space, seating areas in the gardens and upgrading a storage hut to become a brand new vocational training multi-purpose room.
These important improvement works provide an excellent vocational space for the girls to practice cooking, hairdressing and beauty care, which supports them in developing the skills needed beyond their time at Children of the Forest. Additionally, this supports real-life skills for later in life. Making a real difference to the lives of these girls - such fantastic news to hear and see.
Children of the Forest Challenge AKA Spell-a-thon
Year 2 held their Term Two Community Fundraising Event, the Children of the Forest Challenge, on Friday 31st March. This event proved to be very popular and highly successful. This was a non-competitive event with children encouraged to do their best and enjoy themselves whilst learning new spelling words.
The event raises important funds for our sponsored charity Children of the Forest, located in Kanchanaburi Province.
The 2022 Christmas Shoebox Appeal - bringing a little bit of Christmas sparkle to our charity - Children of the Forest.
Thank you so much to the generous Patana School Community and children of Year 2 for their generous and kind donations. These Christmas Shoeboxes will make their way to the Children of the Forest School in Kanchanaburi Province, and give the children a small treat, where they would otherwise not receive a Christmas present.
We have managed to put together over 150 shoeboxes and that means 150 happy faces on Christmas Day. How wonderful!