Over 60 Mercy children took off to the beach last week, where they belly-flopped into the waves and buried each other in sand castles.
This week our kids start the new school year refreshed, invigorated, and ready to tackle long division, multiplication tables, the dissection of frogs and whatever homework assignments come their way. Many thanks to the Qantas Cabin Crew for the beautiful holiday. Photo gallery here.
Tears, tears, and more tears, mixed with shouts of delight and plenty of laughter.
Gorgeous renditions of both the Thai and English alphabet...
beautiful old children's songs...
and ancient nursery rhymes.
The first day of the new school year has finally arrived!
Our 23 Mercy kindergartens opened yesterday to welcome almost 3,000 slum children – tomorrow’s scholars – ages three to seven years old, who are ready to gain their first lessons on a path to a lifetime love of learning.
Today was a special day at Mercy. Hundreds of the elderly poor in Klong Toey joined us for a Thai New Year luncheon feast and Songkran party. Monks from our local temple, Wat Saphan, chanted and gave blessings. Grandmas and grandpas danced to the old songs. And to make the day perfect, they taught their grandchildren the words, plus a few of the old dances and all the most important traditions. It was a beautiful day, and a wonderful reminder how blessed we are at Mercy to have thousands of caring friends and kind neighbors. (More photos at our Songkran gallery here.)
Wishing our friends and family around the world a happy, safe New Year holiday and year full of joy!
The Mercy Teams