Firstly I hadn't realised that so many pupils at CDC don't live with their families. Many of them live in what are described as boarding houses. Children who are orphaned or children whose families are still in Burma live in these. We will visit a boarding house tomorrow and be able to tell you more about them but they seem to vary in size, sometimes housing over 100 children.
Baring this in mind, it was suprising to be met by confident, noisy children in the middle of a chaotic lunch break which involved visits to the school tuck shop for ice cream for some.
Like Campie children they appeared to be getting cold milk although it did not come in a cardboard carton but a plastic bag more like a crisp packet - I will find out if this is for every child. The children get a free meal on a Friday funded by Help Without Frontiers which is an Italian charity. They get this one day a week as they are helping other schools in Mae Sot and there are so many children here. There are around 64 schools in Mae Sot - some are very small and take place in people's houses.So following our bike ride to CDC we met with other teachers about our plans for next week. Hannah and I will pair up with Myo Nyunt who is a Grade 6 teacher, and Kath with Say Hei, the teacher who will visit Campie. We had a walk round CDC and met many children who greeted us with smiles and 'hellos'. The school is airy and bright and it sounds like we will be busy there next week. We stopped in at the CDC nursery, as well, then into Hle Bee School where the three of us led some singing and games with the wee ones- before heading back to DK. Visiting the school made the trip feel much more real, having the opportunity to meet people and see things for the first time. It was a truly exceptional day and we feel very lucky to be here.