“On Monday September 19, we expect to parade 100-plus children, teachers, and others from the old school to the new facility. Father Joseph, Sister Euphrasia, and monks will facilitate a proper opening ceremony. You are welcome to join us,” stated a Good Shepherd newsletter.
Located in a small village called Baan Ya, the new Literacy Centre is expected to accommodate up to 190 students and is situated adjacent to the Saint Euphrasia Learning Centre, which opened June 2014 with 60 students.
The new eight-room building was built by landowner Khun Thanit, with additional funding from a number of individual and club sponsors. A recently awarded grant from Rotary International will provide sufficient funds to raise the level of resources available to support and enhance the literacy programme at the centre.
“Almost two and a half years ago, 60 students were relocated from the Baan Bang Jo work camp school to the TN Guest House facility in Baan Ya along Rural Road 4024. Today that facility accommodates 100 children with a waiting list of 40. Our landlord, Khun Thanit, generously agreed to build a new, dedicated eight room facility for us to rent,” said the newsletter.
Good Shepherd is appealing to the public for donations to further complete the fit-out of the new facility and they emphasise that 100 per cent of donations will go directly to the completion of the centre. Donations will help provide – a concrete-covered area for dining and learning in the back of the school, CCTV for classroom and building security, a smart TV, new computers, an administrative printer, play area, furnishings, fans and labour.
“Students from the British International School volunteered to help clean the rooms on September 13 in preparation for the move. Financial donations of any size are gratefully appreciated to help us complete our project list.” Cash or goods donations can be made directly at the Good Shepherd Second Hand Store and Thrift Shop.
The shop is located in a small business park called Baan Wana, at shop number 96 on the left. Wana Park is on Srisoonthorn Rd, between Heroine’s Monument and Cherng Talay, and the shop is open from 10am to 2pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. For other donation details see: goodshepherdphuket.com