More fun in the sun!
Pat squealed as she ran into the waves cascading on the seashore on Bangsaen beach. This was 15-year-old Pat’s first-ever experience at a beach. Along with almost 30 other children/teens and adults with the mental challenges of autism or forms of Asperger’s Syndrome, this beach excursion left an indelible impression of bonding, freedom, fun, discovery and so much more. The kids were mainly from both the Thanksgiving Home as well as the Rachawadee Home in Pakred which cares for almost 540 children (200 of whom have cerebral palsy) . It was nice to see how the kids took delight in every little thing they found, as they were just fascinated with the little crabs, and other creatures peeping out of their shells, and coming out from under the sand. Several of them, like Pat, spent almost every minute in the water – relenting to just come up to the beach for some lunch – relishing the salty splash on their faces, bouncing with the waves and finding their balance on the banana boats. So much to enjoy, when you can appreciate everything from that first-time perspective. Special Thanks to our volunteers – Steven, Meg and Nina, who were quickly attached to several of the kids. One afternoon of bonding and the kids were almost in tears when we had to part. What a precious experience for all! Special thanks to Niva International School for their contribution which provided us with a bus to transport almost 40 kids, caregivers and volunteers there.