This past December, the Lighthouse Learning Centre in Takua Pa held it’s annual Christmas Party. It was a wonderful day and the team from the Centre still reflect on it with enthusiasm. There were almost 70 kids who regularly attend the centre, 20 kids from the community, and around 70 parents in attendance. It was a full house and it built a great atmosphere of celebration.
There were songs on the ukulele played by one of the Centre’s teachers. There was a team of visiting Canadians who practiced English with the students, played games, did activities, and shared the Christmas Story. There was even a surprise visit from Santa himself. As a team, Imagine Thailand gives to this. From our work and personal money, we ensure that gifts are there for every child. So the Christmas Party’s success is a team win, even for those who do not live and work in Takua Pa.
For us at Imagine Thailand, the truly exciting element of this event was the increased levels of engagement from the wider community. More than our students attending, we saw a greater level of interest from community kids and a deeper level of buy-in from parents. Even the Mayor of Takua Pa gets involved. For the past 3 years he has volunteered to provide the food! Between the Mayor’s contributions and what parents brought, we enjoyed yellow rice, chicken, macaroni, sandwiches, fruit, ice cream, juice and water. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, the restaurant the Mayor had deliver the food doubled the Mayor’s order at no extra cost! All of this speaks highly of the work being done at the Centre and the depth of relationship the team is building within the community.
The Lighthouse Learning Centre team is already brimming with ideas for next year - such as using the entryway to the Centre as a stage and doing seating on the grass. This is a growing event!
On behalf of the team in Takua Pa and the Imagine Thailand team as a whole, thank you to each of you who support our work at the Lighthouse Learning Centre. If you would like to know more about how you can engage with the Centre for Christmas 2017, please contact us here (link to Te’s email).