A new four-story dormitory is under construction and will be completed by 1 July when the students return. This building will house up to 900 students.
We are happy to report that 10 large washing machines have been ordered and will be delivered soon. One generous donor wanted to help, and after an analysis of the amount of current use and present number of students, it was felt that 10 large, home washers designed for heavy use would meet the demand at this time.These machines will save the girls time and reduce the cost of water for the school significantly.
Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world, the progress on the new classroom building at Dhammajarinee Witthaya School continues. The exterior is nearly finished and work on the interior is underway as well. The goal is to have the building complete in time for the start of the new school year, which in Thailand is May, 2014. Recently a $10k Thai donation for the classrooms came through, leaving the school with $97k more to raise. When complete, this building will double the classroom space at the school.
Here's a great shot of the new building-in-progress at Dhammajarinee Witthaya School. When complete, it will enable the nuns to DOUBLE the number of girls they help!
Impressive, isn't it?
But this building would not be happening if it weren't for the dedication of Aunampai and the other nuns who were there from the beginning, some 23 years ago. In those days the nuns handled a lot of the construction work themselves--here you can see a great shot of them climbing a partially finished structure. These were women of action who recognized the value of educating girls, long before organizations like the United Nations, the Clinton Foundation, or CNN were touting the many ways that educating girls benefits communities, countries and human society as a whole. And although the buildings are now contractor built, the dedication of the nuns continues to be the heart and soul of Dhammajarinee Witthaya School.
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