Dhammajarinee Witthaya School (DWS), Thailand

 

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young students with teacher newThe Dhammajarinee Witthaya School is a free Buddhist boarding school, serving orphaned, impoverished, and other disadvantaged girls who would otherwise have no opportunity for a quality education.

Since the school's founding by Buddhist nuns in 1993, enrollment has expanded to about 800 students. Kindergarten through secondary school levels are now offered.

Poverty, human trafficking, and child prostitution are serious problems in Thailand. This wonderful school provides a safe haven, along with an extraordinarily effective approach to holistic education, for these at-risk girls.

Holistic, Consciousness-Based Education at DWS

All aspects of the students' growth and development are taken into account:

  • Development of consciousness--the basis for all of the other aspects of life--through the practice of the DWS girls meditat together400xTranscendental Meditation (TM) technique and the more advanced TM-Sidhi program. TM has been well documented to improve academic performance, reduce stress, enhance creativity, and improve health in many, many ways.
  • Standard academic disciplines in preparation for university studies. Job skills training and apprenticeship opportunities are arranged for students who do not plan to attend university.
  • Teaching of Buddhist precepts, an integral part of Thai culture, by the dedicated nuns.
  • Caring for the school environment. Students develop discipline and practical skills working alongside the nuns.
  • Participation in the arts, music, dance, and traditional celebrations.
  • Free medical and dental care, complementing the health benefits of TM.Classroomnew
  • Fresh, organic food, much of which is grown on school property by the nuns and the students.
  • An atmosphere of warmth and love. The nuns appreciate the need to nurture and protect the tender hearts of these children who are either without family or living away from home.

 

 

Greatest Current Financial Need

DWS Gr Med July 2017The number of students grew this year from 690 in 2016 to 775 in 2017. And the number of students practicing the TM-Sidhi program is expected to grow this year from 397 in 2016 to 467 by the end of 2017. At present, the students use the assembly hall for group practice--each day furnishings are moved to allow for practice, and then replaced.

However, even with moving all the furnishings, this present room is not large enough to allow for the present number of students to do their group program together. For the school to achieve the goal of 1000 practicing the advanced TM-Sidhi program together, a larger meditation hall must be built soon.

DWS New Med Hall design

A design for a new two-story Vastu building has been created, which will allow students and faculty practicing TM to practice upstairs while 1000 students practicing TM-Sidhi program practice downstairs. The architect who proposed this design will be visiting the school again soon to finalize the design, location and begin to create the detailed specifications and precise price analysis.

The building with the needed interiors is estimated to be one million dollars. A campaign to fundraise for this large meditation hall will begin August 2017. Please everyone, think together to help us fulfill this most important facility to generate coherence and peace for Thailand and all of Southeast Asia.

 

The Special Impact of Expanding this School

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When large groups of people practice the TM and TM-Sidhi program together, they create a powerful influence of coherence in the surroundings. The bigger the group, the more far-reaching the influence. The expansion of DWS to 1000 students practicing the TM-Sidhi program will be enough to uplift and protect the entire country of Thailand.

Girls' education is widely regarded as a very powerful leverage point for breaking the cycle of poverty and solving socio-economic problems.Your donation to Dhammajarinee Witthaya School not only changes the destiny of girls fortunate enough to attend, it also changes the destiny of the entire country of Thailand.

 

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Your tax-deductible gift will support the completion of the new meditation hall, so that the school can achieve the goal of 1000 practicing the advanced TM-Sidhi program together and become a stable Peace-Creating community for Thailand.

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Sponsor a Student For only $60/ month (tax deductible), you can both fund a girl's education--thereby changing her destiny--AND support a member of a Peace-Creating community for Thailand. You can arrange this through a PayPal account. If you do not already have one, it is easy to set up and manage as needed. Just enter the amount per month you wish to donate, click on the Donate button, and follow the prompts!

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