Around the homes: New Life Project Chumphon & Kanchanaburi Check out what the staff and children at The New Life Project in Kanchanaburi have been busy getting up to in the last few months. Paying Respects Ceremony On June 8th and 9th we held the annual “Paying Respects Ceremony" to provide the children the opportunity to express gratitude to their teachers, guardians and benefactors. This year, 26 adults from 19 families participated. Awards were presented to 55 students who received high grades in school or have been active volunteers at the centre. Welcoming Business Blueprint riders On April 22nd the NLP welcomed the Business Blueprint team of cyclists. Two of our own from NLP, Suphee and Yong also participated in the fundraising ride. Languages Program Ms. Tiana Miti, a teacher from New Zealand taught English from July to August Ms. Maki Noriko, a teacher from Japan is currently teaching the kids Japanese through to the end of the year. Chumphon - Phang-nga Exchange Program From April 26th-30th NLP Kanchanaburi and Chumphon centres, together with Baan Than Namchai Foundation in Phang-nga, joined together for activities. The objective of this program was to build relationships and experiences between children through fun and educational activities such as the “7 Habits”. Summer Novice Ordination Program Between April 1st and May 19th, ten boys ages 8 to 12 participated in the summer ordination at Wat Tha Sadet in Kanchanaburi. They were taught the basics of Buddhism and the practice of meditation. Meanwhile, over at The New Life Project at Chumphon the boys are doing a great job with their Sport and Exercise Program. Through exercise children can build physical strength and improve their skills in various sports. Students engage in daily exercise activities from 5.30 to 6.30 and sports from 16.30 to 17.30. To maintain the quality of the curriculum, we have purchased new equipment to replace worn ones. Thanks to this curriculum, 5 of our own represented the NLP in district-level sports competitions and have won various awards - congratulations boys! Recreational Activities One Sunday a month from 13.00-17.00, the leaders of the NLP take the children on a trip to Lamae Beach in Chumphon. The children have fun, quality time together through playing beach sports, swimming, and more. As did the NLP in Kanchanaburi, NLP Chumphon participated in a Paying Respects Ceremony on June 23rd and 24th to provide children the opportunity to express gratitude to their teachers, guardians and benefactors. This year, 15 adults including teachers of the community and two families participated in the ceremony. Awards were presented to 28 children who received high grades in school or have been active volunteers at the centre. Drug Education & Prevention Program From October 18th-20th the NLPC collaborated with the leaders of Lamae Hospital in Chumphon to hold a “Good Kid Camp” event. The leaders from the hospital educated the students about the harmful effects of drugs, and how to take preventative measures to decrease the risk for drug abuse.