By Hannah Naowasuk, Assistant Head of Primary
Regents International School has very close links with Hand to Hand through our Community Partner Programme but this grew even stronger through the Global Classroom ‘Big Challenge’ last year.
When the Global Classroom Student Leaders spoke to the founder, Margie, about the ways in which our school community could help the children from Hand to Hand she talked to them about their school scholarship programme. This programme not only supports children at their centre but also other children linked with Hand to Hand through the work they do in the slums. They always have a number of students looking for sponsorship so that they can attend school. Although Thai schools offer free education, the families of these children are not able to pay for uniform, transport to school or food for the children while they are there when many of them do not earn enough money to feed their families each day. This is where the sponsorship comes in. The only way that these children are able to attend school and receive an education is through the kindness of sponsors who are willing to support them.
Before the summer break, I received a number of portfolios for the children who were currently looking for sponsorship. They all came with photos of the students as well as some background information about the family situation and finally some information from the children themselves. It made for some heart-breaking reading. I contacted the school bursar to see if there was any way that Regents could offer some support.
Using funds from the Round Square Special Projects budget, I am pleased to announce that we were able to offer scholarships to six Primary aged-children and three university students. These children, and their families, are very thankful for the support and the opportunity which Regents has given them and in return, we will be updated on how the students are getting on in their education throughout the year.
If anyone is interested in sponsoring a child, or would like to know more about it, then please do not hesitate to contact me. My email is: Hannah.Naowasuk@regents-pattaya.co.th.