Hello, everyone! This week we worked with a new organization called the Kids Ark Foundation. They are an extensive after-school program that works with disadvantaged Thai and ethnic minority children. They have three different 'Houses of Hope' and we went to two -- one in Sansai and another in Maejo. On Tuesday we worked with the group at Sansai, there were about twelve children ranging in age from 6 to 15. They were very engaged and excited about working with us, especially with the games we played at the beginning. We had some problems with explaining patterns, as they were supposed to find patterns in the room around them. Eventually they got the hand of it and the rest of the project was fairly easy for them.
On Thursday we went to the house in Maejo. There were 32 children also ranging in age from 6-15. They understood the concepts of the project much faster than the first group, but due to the size they were more distracted and less engaged. They did turn out some very nice drawings, though, and some of the children were very creative with their patterns.
Both of the groups were quite fun to work with and I'm sure we'll do more projects with them in the future.
~ Katelyn and Sarah