GAI Training Centre
We've continued to have a lot of groups come through our Training Centre, for our Child Protection and Personal Protection classes! Each week, the crew from Mae Sot Blind Centre (MSBC) are improving their skills in being more aware of their surroundings, and responding to a potentially dangerous situation. This has particularly challenged Ruth & Mechelle as trainers - having to attempt to explain the concepts and 'demonstrate' the techniques from the perspective of non-sighted people. In saying that, the boys are doing exceptionally well (it also helps that they are feisty, and have a feisty teacher who comes along with them!)
Towards the end of October, we also had the opportunity of meeting with another local NGO that runs a student boarding home. We met up with their 'house-mother' and teenage girls, and discussed running classes during their holiday break. It didn't take long for them to break out of their 'shy' exteriors and show us their strength (see photos below)!
We have now begun an 8-week General Public program available to the females in Mae Sot; and another monthly program with the HCTC (Hospitality and Catering Training Centre) who train their students in professional hospitality skills, and then send them out to exclusive hotels and restaurants as interns and great job opportunities. The classes are going well, and it's also provided us with another channel to build some great connections with other workers and community groups in town.
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