The BMA has built many apartments’ buildings for the families of the garbage disposal workers. These are right beside the dump, where 3,000 families live, in the area on Onnuch 86.
There are 2 daycare centers for the children of 3 years to 5 or 6 year olds. These daycare centers operate on very little. The parent’s pay 20 baht a day per child for lunch, if they can afford that, otherwise the children will be cared for without cost.
The centers provide 2 meals a day plus snack. The Metropolitan government gives them free milk and takes care of the rent, water electricity, and paying the staff. One center has 2 staff for 20 children. The other one which is bigger has 3 staff for 35 to 40 children.
Our Goal has been to raise the standard at these two centers, and help with supplies, and at least a yearly activity for all the children at Christmas, with presents for all and clown show, and Santa visit. We also have done activities at other times of the year when we can.
With the help of interested people, we have been able to help the 2 BMA run daycare centers regularly. We were able to donate to each center a computer with a DVD drive, speakers etc. A set of educational Treasure Attic videos which are in Thai and English. We have been able to donate toys, books, furniture, and clothing. These day care centers are ongoing projects, as the children grow and change, and new children come, so there are many needs.
Both these centers needed new flooring, and ceiling fans, and lighting which we were able to supply. In one we were able to paint the inside of it, so it is more inspiring for the children and donate two tables and 4 benches so the children do not eat on the floor. Plus a work table for the children to do activities on. Two bathrooms, were redone with new tiles and toilets put in. Plumbing was needed and two new doors at the main center. Shelves and cupboards were also provided.
The children are always in need of clothes and vitamins and healthy food. What the center does not use from what they receive, they give to the parents of the children who are always in need.