Marvin was very excited last week because
we celebrated Christmas. He enjoyed opening his presents and having a big
party with all of our friends. Marvin was surprised because some of his
friends didn’t get any Christmas presents so I explained to him that not
everybody celebrates Christmas. Christians celebrate Christmas because they
remember when Jesus was born. He is the Savior of the world and on this day
we remember his birthday.
Do you celebrate any special times with
your family and friends? Write to Marvin and tell him about it. You can send
your letters to:
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145
1) Which word has 3 ‘e’s and only one
2) Why did the boy go to night school?
3) Why do golfers always carry extra socks?
4) What did the low tide say to the high tide?
2) So that he could learn to read in the dark
3) In case they get a hole in one
4) Long time no sea
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Prem Expands Library Collection
Alan Telfer Donation of 10,000 Books Arrives
Last Monday, the first shipment of an expected 10,000 new
books and other resources donated by the late Alan Telfer arrived at the
doorstep of the Prem library. This donation, which the library staff has
been busily unpacking and sorting, is just the first step of a larger plan
to expand Prem’s library. “It is an exciting development for the
library,” said Marg Beasley, director of Library and Information Services
at Prem. “It’s a major boost in resources and it really broadens the
range of services that we can offer.”
and some kid-friends show off the Aran Telfer library.
Alan Telfer, also known by his Thai name Aran Telfer, was
a successful English businessman who came to Thailand in 1949 and who
started the Alan Telfer Fund, an organization which has made major donations
to several charities here in Chiang Mai, mostly in the field of healthcare.
Mr. Telfer was a member of the Board of Governors of the Prem Center and
generously donated 12 million baht along with his private book collection in
order to expand Prem’s library, which was named the Alan Telfer Library.
Mr. Telfer passed away last May.
like Christmas! Prem library staff unpacks the donated books.
This latest shipment of books, according to Marg Beasley,
is mostly suitable for older students and includes everything from
Shakespeare to contemporary books on Phuket. Mr. Telfer, it seems, had quite
extensive and varied literary interests. The plan is to move these volumes,
along with the rest of the senior school collection, to the second floor of
the library, which is currently under construction. A music listening
center, art exhibition space and a new computer lab have also been planned
for this second floor space.
Beasley in front of her ‘home away from home’.
“The intention is to make the library, which is already a visually
pleasing place to visit, an even better resource center. We want to be able
to provide a rich and varied educational collection, not just to students,
but to parents, visiting schools and teachers as well,” Marg added.
Because Prem’s campus is residential, the library has served as a meeting
place and common workspace for all of the students and teachers who live on
campus. Of course, if all goes as planned, the Alan Telfer library will soon
become a hub, not just for the Prem campus, but for an even larger community
of readers connected to the school.
Thailand’s gold medal soccer team to visit Muang Noi primary school
Rotarians in Amsterdam donate furniture for a canteen
All 12 Rotary Clubs’ International Services in
Amsterdam donated specially designed furniture for a canteen in the primary
school for Lahu and Thai children at Muang Noi/Huai Naam Rin 60 km north of
Chiang Mai. The grant was through the Dutch Samsara Foundation.
This very poor primary school has 176 pupils. The Dutch
Gerald Foundation built the canteen two months ago. This new donation
includes tables and benches, cupboards for the kitchen and kitchen utilities
and cleaning equipment.
The cafeteria will also be used as a community room for
meetings with parents and of course for special events.
One of those special events will be the forthcoming
children’s day, when Thailand’s gold medal soccer team will visit the
school the children will have the chance to meet the famous soccer players.
CDSC celebrates Christmas
Celebrating Christmas and opening our doors
Photos: Michael Vogt
The Christian German School Chiang Mai (CDSC) celebrated
their last day before the winter holidays with a get-together of teachers,
parents, students, and friends. For weeks, the whole school had practiced
hymns and some original compositions.
The children were guided not to get caught up in the
commercial Christmas together with receiving gifts, but rather to think
about the Christmas message, the spirit of giving and God’s gift to the
The motto was to ‘Open the door’, and the children
had prepared verses, songs, little games and even a pantomime from grade
seven to ten students, portraying somebody being stuck in a room and being
not able to see the light and needing to get out of the box.
It was a light hearted morning, with a beautiful speech
by Ajarn Somsri and Fred Hartmann, perfectly translated by Rev. Wolfgang
Winkler from the Marburg Mission, and a mix of singing, playing, listening
and maybe even re-thinking the meaning of Christmas. The children of the
CDSC definitely did get the significance and will remember the message they
learnt during these last weeks.
The morning ended with a Christmas market, homemade cookies, candles, and
little presents on sale, with the money donated to buy blankets for less
fortunate hill tribe children. Principal Fred Hartmann sent everybody off
for their winter holidays wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, peace on
earth, good will to all, and a healthy return to school in January 2004.
we rather have some cookies and play?
Somsri, the Thai principle of the CDSC, had her speech perfectly translated
by Rev. Wolfgang Winkler from the Marburg Mission.
King without a crown is born’, the last sketch before the door was opened.
choir, band, music, candles and a festive mood.
school choir is trained by Marlies Hartmann (right), as a little one who
could not stand still anymore dances to the music.
dancing and singing the word ‘Joy’ and they had joy doing it.
grade seven to ten pantomime with someone stuck in a room, not being able to
see the light.
the school choir.
Impressions of the School for Life
Joy’s House really brings joy
Rita Haberkorn, Lecturer at the Technical College for
Social Pedagogy, Wiesbaden, Germany
“Sawasdee kha, my name is Noy, nice to meet you.”
This is typical of the way I was greeted by each child at our first
encounter. Not just a “Hello” in passing by, but devoting attention to
are taught in two languages, easily but consistently.
The children are all very friendly, from a distance at
first, and this is pleasant because it is not over demanding for each side.
Fourteen days, when we came to say goodbye many of the children wanted to
express more. Bowing has its place, but embraces and sentences of very
special friendship are added.
In everyday life on the farm, I met children in small
groups who were singing and happy. The girls practice Thai dancing. And
‘Mother’ Joy and her oldest daughter practice together with the girls.
You can see pride in their glowing faces when they put on their special
costumes and start to move slowly to the music. They are living their
culture which they now belong to, and they identify themselves with it.
as he is called.
The time after school gives the children full scope to
create things. I never saw any children who were bored or who asked, “What
shall I do now?” The farm offers enough space to run around, possibilities
to play in natural surroundings. But the children also help out with any
necessary work on the farm. Together with their teacher they plant a
vegetable patch. The withered leaves on the wide lawn are collected, the
ground is swept, and before the new guests arrive, flowers are quickly
picked as a welcome gesture.
The kids are taught northern folk songs which is always a highlight.
Joy not only takes care of these children, she has
accepted them like her own, for whom she is there without any conditions.
She sees it as one of her duties, to help the children live in the here and
now, to help them to master their past, to accompany them on their way and
to impart a perspective for them. At the same time she offers her life and
her large family as a model from which the children can get their bearings.
Joy knows the background of the children and knows what
they have to cope with; she also knows what has made these children strong.
Because Joe, Nai and Long survived in the jungle, they are appropriate
guides for guests on their trekking tours and call their attention to
animals, which would normally not be noticed.
photos are a favourite.
The fact that some children wet their beds at night or
have other problems is taken with understanding, but is not dramatized. Can
you imagine this group of now 22 children with their individual experiences,
living in a ‘normal’ apartment house - I am sure a range of therapeutic
support would be needed, in order to manage the living together. On the farm
this is different. Here you have nature influencing your well-being.
Thai music on an old string instrument is played on special occasions.
Here it is also Joy who wants to give the children
orientation and offers herself as a mother. It is Joy who understands that
some children need to be by her side. Joy is friendly, but determined.
At the end I asked myself, how could the children live on the farm, if it
were not for the excitement if the arrival of new guests. I don’t believe
that the children and the guests disturb each other, but rather both parties
complement each other in their every day life. The guests as well as the
children can go their own ways, plan their days individually and sometimes
do things together - for me this was a very pleasurable experience.
eating is very important.
little one just arrived on Joy’s farm, and soon he will find his place in
on the farm are daily tasks for everybody.
painting is the best?