For the Little Ones, mornings are spent learning to speak Thai (as the children are from ethnic hill tribes and do not speak Thai at home), basic arithmetic and science, proper hygiene and hand washing, anti-littering and other life skills. Their afternoon sessions include arts and crafts projects, coloring and painting, outdoor games and activities.
Asked why the Rainbow House is so important, Thai Daughter Jun explained, “ I can see the problem. The crucial problem in our village is that girls aren’t valued or treated equal to boys. They are forced to get married at a very young age, like when they’re 12 years old. They stop going to school and start having children, even though they are still kids themselves. Their parents are too ignorant to recognize the importance of their daughters being educated. “
But thanks to FTD, we are different. We are girls and we are getting educated all the way through university. So it’s our responsibility to prove to others in the village that when girls get educated, they can get good jobs, and earn money to help their families and improve their lives. It’s hard to change old ways of thinking but this is our goal and our dream and we can already see signs that things are changing.”