British School Children send teddies to Thai Orphans
Alyson Avilez is a Year 6 teacher at Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School. Her parents, Carl and Ann, have been long term supporters of Thai Children’s Trust. The family members have successfully joined together to inspire the children in Alyson’s class to support children less fortunate than them in Thailand.
Earlier in the year, I told my class that my parents were going to Thailand to visit some of Thai Children’s Trust’s projects. The previous year some of the children had sent a small soft toy to a child in one of the orphanages and this year’s class asked if they could do the same.
Each child attached a tag with their name to the teddy they had brought in and had a photo taken with it. My parents then took each teddy and photo to a child in the care of Thai Children’s Trust in Thailand.
While in Thailand they took a photo of the child holding the teddy they had received with the photo of the child from my class, to show they knew who it had come from. Each child then signed the name tag which was returned to England so my class could see the name of the child who had received their teddy.
On my parents return to England they came to the class to share the photos and stories of the children and to tell them a bit more about what TCT does to help them. They also gave each child a copy of the photo of the Thai child who had received their toy, the name tag and (being my parents!) a small stone carved elephant to say thank you.
The children were truly inspired by the stories of perseverance (one of our learning values) and it started some deep discussions about ability and disability. Both the parents and the children really took to heart the thought that a disadvantaged child now had a teddy to cuddle that only a few days previous, had been in their hands.
Seeing themselves in Thailand in the photos also forged a very real connection between the children and the recipients of their gifts. It was good for them to see that giving can make a difference, even if it isn’t money; as a child’s smile on both sides of the world is priceless.
Christopher Rawlins recently held performances of our Year 5 and 6 production of Hamlet. The children were asked to help decide which two charities should benefit from the donations given by audience members after each performance. The children chose to share the collection between a local school for children with special needs and Thai children’s Trust.
The production was fantastic and the children were very proud of their work and that they could share the money they had earnt with the children who had received their teddies earlier in the year.
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Written by Thai Children's Trust