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.
Two television stations visited the school this spring and created beautiful videos, drawing more national attention to the success of the school. The video below features an interview and a walk around the campus, which has grow impressively thanks to donor support over the last 7 years. The video is 19 min and in Thai, but we wanted to share it here for you to enjoy the great images of the girls and the buildings. There are many shots of the pink classroom building completed a few years ago.
The school uses public water, and pays exhorbitantly for water use. The girls wash their own clothes, which is challenging for the younger students to achieve a good standard of cleanliness and wastes precious resources of the school. In order to bring the school to a higher standard in dealing with their growing numbers of students each year, industrial washing machines are needed. The cost for two large industrial machines is $12,000, and presently $2,000 of this has been raised. $10,000 more is needed.
Dhammajarinee students from six age groups won national awards in diverse Buddhist Chanting competitions again this year.
The enrollment of the school rose from 545 in 2015 to 690 in 2017. The new dorm is now occupied and more showers and bathroom facilities is the current need:
This is a $34,000 project
To accommodate the girls living in the New Dorm and prepare for the continuous growing numbers of students, a campaign to build a large shower facility with additional toilets is now underway to meet this demand.
With the tight daily schedule, the girls are in need a separate facility that will allow six girls per bathroom morning, evening and throughout the day.
Acharn Yai and her assistant recently traveled to remote areas of Northern Thailand in order to offer quality education to girls from Thailand’s poorest areas, those most lacking in opportunity.
In these poor areas of Thailand, parents who cannot afford school uniforms or food and transportation to small government schools may take their girls out of school rather than lose face. Every year more girls come to the school and we expect a significant increase this year.
To meet the expected increase, the school has been fully focused on expanding the dining and kitchen facilities. The extended cement floors, brick walls are nearing completion and being made ready for the necessary tables, chairs and kitchen equipment.
Friends of Dhammajarinee have asked to see the entire national award winning Buddhist chanting contest performance by the students, which took place in May of 2015. The yearly contest of this national chanting ceremony takes place for the promotion of Buddhism annually at the Visakha Bucha Festival.
Here is the link to the video of the entire event. The camera is on the girls, so it is not possible to see the beautiful shrine in front of them.
Not long ago I heard a very touching story about the wonderful care the girls receive at Dhammajarinee Witthaya School. Although some of the girls are sent to the school by loving families who simply want their children to have more opportunity than they can provide for them at home, that is not always the case. Sometimes it happens that a young child has been orphaned or otherwise traumatized, and now she faces the additional difficulty of adapting to a totally new situation where she does not know anyone. In those cases an individual nun is assigned to her care and she watches over her day and night, even sleeping with the child, until she has adjusted to living at the school.
Read here about the latest happenings at Dhammajarinee Witthaya School.