In Thailand Mother’s Day is celebrated on the current Queen’s Birthday, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, August 12. Since Thai culture and tradition is part of the curriculum at Thai Freedom House and the kids really never get to show their appreciation to their mothers for all of their hard work, we decided to have a party. Part of our mission at Thai Freedom House is to make sure that our students families are stable and have some time to relax together and enjoy each other in their hectic lives, sometimes we take a trip to a waterfall or park or have an event such as this at the school.
We started with a monoprint making workshop so the kids could make some original and beautiful cards for their mothers. Then the students painted small planters and planted flowers for their mothers and we arranged an evening of snacks, a movie called “Burmese Eyes,” filmed in Burma by a local ex-pat Marco Monti and performances by the kids. This gave a chance for the parents to share their memories of life in Burma with their children by responding to the video and images of current Burma.
The mothers who could attend were moved to tears when their children presented the cards and homemade gifts to them. I was also in tears when I received some mothers day cards myself from the students. It was a very sweet evening and all of the students, families and volunteers enjoyed themselves.
submitted by Thai Freedom House Director: Lisa Nesser