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News from Samut Sakhon, Bangkok

02/11/2011: Thailand

In partnership with the Archdiocese of Bangkok, Brothers Ventura, Rafael and Marcos continue their work and mission among migrants living in Samut Sakhon. Aiming to address the needs of these migrant workers, they worked with the local church authorities to prepare for the establishment of a new center for migrants in the area.

 Initial work began in July. The place was identified and prepared for the purpose. Family visits were conducted by brothers and teachers, allowing them to better understand the situation and realities of the migrant families. The work was tiring but rewarding!They won for themselves the joys of sowing friendships.

The location identified for the Center is strategic as it lies close to factories where migrants mostly from Myanmar and Cambodia are working. At the center, basic education is provided in Thai language, Burmese, Mathematics, and English. Added to these academic subjects, the center also renders services like health care and nutrition. About sixty (60) children aged 4-14 benefit from the operation of the Center. Our brothers also prepare programs for adult education in Thai and English language on Sundays.

Our three Brothers, Rafael, Ventura and Marcos are fully involved in different activities. Among others, they teach, organize, and visit families. They are assisted by two other teachers, one from Thailand and the other from Myanmar.

The presence of the Center has already attracted the attention and support of the local communities. It is, for our brothers, an affirming experience of the relevance of their mission work.Indeed, the children of Samut Sakhon, through the missionary presence of our brothers, are given hope. And with the collaboration of local teachers and volunteers, it is hoped that the projects become sustainable and responsive to the best interests of children in need.

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