In December 2017, I was privileged to join my teacher Lan, of Sawadee Thai Spa, in her home village in Thailand. Lan has spent several years raising money to build a school in the village. The proceeds from sale of my soaps and balms, as well as donations from many of my massage clients have also gone towards this project.
While the children in this rural region do receive an education from the state, opportunities can be limited. Lan hopes that by attending additional lessons at weekends, the children will broaden their horizons, improve their literacy and learn a bit of English. The school building is within the grounds of the temple and will also be used for community events.
My visit coincided with the opening ceremony for the school, an event which many from the village enjoyed. The pictures show the monks blessing the new building, people from the village making offerings and the meal they shared together.