Teach to Reach

(Since August 2011)

The Lionheart Society believes that education is one of the best forms of charity since material things only provide temporary relief and comfort. Knowledge on the other hand provides a more useful and lasting effect to any individual especially to those who are poor and less fortunate. Our Teach to Reach project in the slum or poor communities around Bangkok will continue to be performed once a year during each year’s major school term break.

“Hua Rot Kaj Tuek Daeng is a congested slum community with a reputation as a place where crime, alcohol abuse and drugs are rampant. As this area is a stronghold for both drug users and traffickers...”

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“Our visits have always been eagerly anticipated by everyone hence we decided to do something completely different this time. In addition to our regular teaching and games, we prepared a special program for them which included a musical presentation...”

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“Through actual participation, they are able to witness for themselves the desperate need of these children for affection, support and guidance...populated with children whose parents are mostly drug addicts...”

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"Walking along these narrow passages and makeshift tenements was not an easy feat. The entire place was filthy, drenched with rotting garbage..."

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"The majority of these children come from broken families inhabiting this "Red Zone" (drug infested area) who may either have alcoholic or drug addicted parents..."

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"A majority of these families are very poor, having minimal sources of income (if any), a typical hand to mouth existence..."

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"Most of the children are pushed by their parents to work for money through garbage scavenging, flower garland vending, dishwashing or even begging..."

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"We have successfully performed our "Teach to Reach" project at the Hua Lotchak Tuek Daeng..."

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Interview with "Grandpa" "Most of the kids’ parents are unemployed, many of whom are also drug addicts or alcoholics. They don’t care much..."

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Member’s Personal Thoughts & Experiences

The Lionheart Society believes that education plays an important role in creating a good foundation of society. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of poor areas inBangkokwhich have inadequate teaching facilities that children in these areas are deprived of proper schooling and education. In addition to this, most of these children are not supported by their parents on education and just let them tend to themselves.

On the 21st of August 2011, our group had the opportunity to share our time and knowledge with the Hua Lotchak Tuek Daeng Community as volunteer teachers. The children were so enthusiastic in learning from us. It was definitely a good chance for us to impart to them the value of education and its importance in achieving a better life and a promising future ahead of them.

Pat Yontrarak
22/08/2011

During the summer break, we went to teach at a slum in Tau Poon District. When we reached the place, I was shocked by the horrible stench and the filthiness. With a large number of children living in these conditions, it is only natural that not all of them are being taken care of properly; especially in terms of education. Although the slum’s conditions were unhygienic, the children were still smiling and happy, making me want to teach them even more. Since the children lacked learning basics, I struggled with them for a while, but after that I was able to teach them some new things and help them with their homework. It felt amazing to be able to help someone in need.

Prim Phucharoenyos
22/08/2011