When we first became involved in the village, we held a meeting and asked the community what their greatest needs were. Without hesitation they identified education for their children as their number one need. The people who live in this village are the poorest of the poor. They could have asked for more food, medical care, or clean water - all of which they desperately need. More than any of those things, the people of the MineField Village realize that education is their ticket to rise above poverty.
Now, the school is educating children through grade three, and we are planning to expand through grade five with the construction of a new building, and hiring more teachers in the years to come.
They were very small and very thin due to malnutrition. Families in the village are very poor, and many children are only able to eat once, maybe twice each day. The children also struggled to focus in school because their energy was so low. Seeing how hungry the children were - how lethargic, and physically small - moved us to build a kitchen next to the school.
Now, the children who attend school are eating a nutritious meal five days a week! We have seen tremendous change in their physical bodies and their concentration as proper nutrition has helped them grow strong - both physically and mentally.
It is through engaging with people like you that we are able to keep this program operating. To participate in the feeding program, become a child sponsor!
As we worked to bring education and clean water to the MineField Village, we witnessed women and mothers subjecting themselves to the dangers of the border in search of work in neighboring Thailand. With no options for work and few resources in their own village, they had no choice but to leave their children alone for months at a time. We could not continue to witness this cycle and do nothing, and so LandMine Design, a jewelry company based in Denver, was born. LandMine Design employs and educates once vulnerable women living in the MineField Village. At LandMine Design we equip women to be self sustaining providers for their families and community for generations to come. Jewelry is a vehicle driving great change, and it is a privilege to serve a modern marketplace and share the story God is unfolding far and wide. When you purchase jewelry from LandMine Design you are making it possible for us to continue to hire women with no other options.
In 2013, we began heath and hygiene training with the school children as well as village families. We are seeing great progress and great promise as children and villagers are beginning to understand their vital need for clean water.
In 2014, we expanded the training to more village families, empowering them with understanding their need for clean water as well as equipping them with the knowledge to build and repair their own filtration units in their own homes.
In 2015, we continue to provide education to families not yet using clean water by systematically visiting each home - we want every family to understand the importance of this and take responsibility for the health of their children and families.
The road to bring clean water and the education about clean water is a long one. We are so thankful for the ways God is working to raise the level of understanding among our villagers and the ways He is bringing change to a village in such need. It's a slow but steady process and we are seeing great progress!