Agape means unconditional love. Love will be the only thing that will truly heal the wounds of 9/11; I could think of no better tribute than on the anniversary of that tragic day in 2001, to visit Agape Orphanage and Learning Center in Maesot Thailand.
|Headmaster David Min Naing at Agape|
|David and two other head masters|
There are 74 schools (learning centers) in Tak province which support the children of migrant workers from Burma. Perhaps in a future article I’ll take a deeper look at the political situation in which they must survive. Today you receive only a very brief background and a quick tour of a rather amazing campus. Fair enough?
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|Boys at study, do they deserve an education and a chance in life?|
|Nursery Age Children, learning the Thai alphabet|
and beiing distracted by the foreigner with the camera .
|David and most of the 3rd grade class|
|Fish Tanks - part of being self sustaining!|
|Writing assignment being checked|
|They caught me at the window!|
The sign says “Orphanage”, but that could be misleading. Of the 300 children 14 are known orphans, 12 are abandoned (the status of their parents is unknown). The rest of the children are boarded at Agape while they attend school. They are too young to work in the fields; the parents are happy to have them taken care of by the school. The parents get care for their children while they toil and the children receive an education. It may seem sad, but it really is a win-win scenario within an overall situation that is far less than desirable.
David tells me that the children must learn to love and respect each other. To that end, each day begins with, and again I quote David from one of his emails “ 1. First we bow to Thai national flag and sing Thai national song , happy children songs with action ,Christian song. and pray Islam by Islamic children lead them self ,then Buddhist religious saying by Buddhist children them self, then for Christian I lead to pray , then good morning song, then final song is pigeon song that all children singing with flying and sleep action and then all children go inside the class room.” Next time I’m in Maesot I’ll record this!
Each day these children are taught respect for the nation that is their host and also to appreciate each other’s religion and culture! I love this powerful approach. Much of the evil in the world is committed in the name of religion. Teach the children that we are all the same and that there is no benefit to religious persecution; that is his belief and I totally agree. Agape is love! Children are lovable and deserve our love and respect!
|Beware of these children: They will steal your heart!|
However, they commit no crime
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|The bigger Issue!|