“We want to thank our teachers for teaching us, loving us, being here for us, and caring about us even when we are being difficult. Thank you, my teachers for your unconditional love and trust,” said one teary-eyed student from our Janusz Korczak School for street children.
Every year in Thailand on the first Thursday in June, our students celebrate “Wan Wai Kru” or Teachers Appreciation Day. Today every Mercy School - comprising 23 kindergartens, five construction campsite schools and our Janusz Korczak School – held a “Wai Kru” ceremony where students presented flowers to their teachers in a show of gratitude. The teachers, in return, gave blessings to our students and wished them great academic accomplishments in the years ahead.
The students at our Janusz Korczak School for street children were most appreciative. Some Korczak students had been living on the streets for years, missing out on a primary school education, before they found our Korczak School. Others, who are the children of migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Burma, lack the proper documentation for entry into formal government schools. Our Korczak School is their only chance for an education. All our Korczak students know what it means to NOT have any teachers. They count themselves as blessed in having four great teachers who care for them and guide them in their studies.
“This is the best Wai Kru ceremony I have experienced, and I have managed several schools," said Anonth Collaco, Executive Director of the Mercy Centre, to our Korczak students. He continued, "I can feel the sincerity that all the wishes, the songs, and the praises come from the bottom of your hearts. It is a very heartfelt ceremony, thank you, dear students."
Here at Mercy Centre we wish all 130 Mercy teachers and teachers everywhere around the world a Happy Wai Kru Day!
Korczak students give thanks to their teachers.
Even in a slum, a mother with nothing can still hear her daughter's desperate cry for help and come to the rescue.
By Father Joe Maier, C.Ss.R.
There was lots of screaming and shouting in the slaughterhouse neighbourhood. Miss Ploy was throwing a loud tantrum against her mum.
Just a quick glance at Miss Ploy walking by in the slum and you would know, this is a special kid.
She’s 14 years old, too skinny and obviously under-fed, with Raggedy Ann hair. She’s the proud owner of a grand total of one school uniform with no shoes. But that’s not the issue.
A congressional staff delegation, accompanied by members of Washington D.C.’s Royal Thai Embassy, visited our Mercy Centre yesterday to observe our programs and initiatives in the areas of child protection, anti-trafficking, and sustainable development. Highlights included a tour of our Janusz Korczak School for street children and our on-premise Mercy Kindergarten, where our students sang their favorite songs and were rewarded for their performance with ice cream on a stick – the perfect snack after their afternoon naps. Along the way, Fr. Joe and Mercy staff showed our guests why it is an honor and privilege to work together with the poor.