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2013-2014 Academic Years

Newsletter Volume 2 , 1 March 2014

Wide Horizons Studnets Newsletter

The 2nd Wide Horizons newsletter has arrived

Dear readers, This newsletter is the second volume of the schools academic (2013-2014) year. We would like to show what students have done so far and how our program has been successful during the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Moreover we have some good news about former students .We have interviewed 4 former students so we want to share about their excellent jobs, today. We, the WH students would like to share our thoughts, opinions and facts in this newsletter.We have included invitations for our fundraising party and our graduation ceremony. We hope to see you there.We thank all of the readers for taking their time to read our newsletter.

About Wide Horizons Program

Wide Horizons was established in 2006 by World Education. Its located in Mae Sot, Tak province, Thailand. Wide Horizons is a ten month community development training program. Every year the school takes 24 young adult refugees and migrants from the Thai-Burma border. Students represent many different ethnic groups from Burma and are studying advanced English, community development and advanced computer. After a 10 months academic program the students have to return for one year internship with their mother organizations ( refugee camps, CBOs, migrants areas). If you want to know more about WH , please visit our Facebook page : Wide Horizons, Community Development Program


Break down negative thoughts, Build up positive views, Make up understanding hearts, Apply it all. Negotiate for peaceful home, Design for elegant room, Pen me as wisdom. Eh Tha Hser

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A small project creates a better life

WH Project empowers hero women in the Pesident community
On January 27th 2014 Wide Horizons (WH) students gave a training about nancial literacy for women in the Pesident (PSD) community in cooperation with Khom Loy. Khom Loy gardening and nancial literacy training. All the WH provided training facilities, skills in students held their hands together and gave the training

to build the womens capacity. PSD community is a small poor migrant community in Mae Sot. The majority of the women in the PSD community have no work to do so there is no income to help their families. All the men in PSD are working in the factory near their houses.
This is the second training WH students have given to the women. More than 50 participants attended the training. The rst training was household gardening. For gardening we shared with them how to make natural compost, growing plants in containers and how to grow organic vegetables. When we evaluated the project, it was clear that the project had been very successful because the plants in their gardens were very big and fresh. Giving the training to the women in the PSD community helped to increase their familys income. Our purpose for giving the training was that the women will not need to buy vegetables and they can use vegetables from their own gardens. Currently, the garden in the community is very successful and they dont need to buy vegetables in the market. We can see that the successful gardening project is supporting women and is giving the women more motivation to move on to another project. set up a saving goal in their future. During the training, we discussed about their living conditions in the community. The training was going very well because we could learn from each other about things like culture, personal life skills and we tried to understand the challenges facing the community people. We can share our experience with them. Most of the women would like to set up a saving plan for the future of their children. They want their children to get a higher level of education and some want to save for their retirement. By giving the training, we have learnt several different goals from the women that we didnt know before. One of our participants said, The nancial literacy training has given me the knowledge that I did not have before. It makes me clear about how to save money and manage my time. The training has given me the strength to save more money for my family.

Developing saving goals

Recently, we gave the training about nancial literacy. In this training we shared with the women about how to make saving plans and time management. The majority of the women were enthusiastic for the training and happy with our activities. Our relationship between the PSD community people has become stronger and we are getting closer to each other. All the people are very kind and welcome us any time we visit. The advantage of the nancial literacy training is that the women can know how to make household budgeting, income; expense and they can manage how they will

Training is benecial for WH students

The nancial literacy training has helped us to improve our training skills and build our self-esteem. It has been a good opportunity to be involved with the community people, because the training prepares us to be trainers in our future. All the WH students were energetic in their participation. Furthermore, we had a chance to play with the children and share our happiness with them as baby minders. Due to the poverty, many children cannot go to school. They have to take care of their little brothers and sisters. However, we had some challenges with our training because some of our participants could not read and write so we had to explain by repetition.

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We believe that our training is a tool for the PSD women to improve their society and reduce the poverty. As a result they performed and showed their abilities in the rst gardening training. We really appreciated for that they produced their own vegetables and promoted womens abilities in the small community. One of our students said: our small hands could not provide a powerful result alone, but when we joined our hands as a team, we were successful together. We hope the women will come up with good ideas for individual saving plans or team saving plans for improving their living conditions. Finally, the women can be excellent managers for their families. By Khun Than Maung and Nan Khin San Moe

A moments retrospect with Nan Snow

As we have seen many of the previous students have done really well during their internships and most of them have got suitable jobs after. We met with one Alumni called Nan Snow who agreed to share her experience with us. Nan Snow is a Shan ethnic from Burma who completely graduated from Wide Horizons (WH) in year 2009 and got diploma in 2010. Before that, she worked with Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT) as a staff for some part of works, such as translation, interpretation and data entry. In June 2008, she attended WH program because, one of her friends told her that WH program focuses on advanced English, Computer and Community Development skills. Nan Snow said, I was really interested in working with an organization, but if I have to be honest, before I attended WH, I did not understand project designs and management skills. And I really didnt know the difference between Proposal and Report writing. I felt like both were the same for me. After WH, she undertook her internship with BPHWT. This organization works for every ethnic group inside Burma to improve and uphold health care services from their main ofce in Mae Sot. It has thirty-two teams, over 1,500 workers and ninety eight different work places. Nan Snow was expressing her experiences that all the skills that I learnt from the school, as I mentioned above were great for me. It has been very valuable and helpful in my job. She added, At BPWHT I was elected to work as the Project deputy manager from 2010 till now. I appreciate my work, it teaches me to go ahead for the community.

all the skills that I learnt

from the school, as I mentioned above were great for me. It has been very valuable and helpful in my job.

BPHWT workers distributed medical supplies to the community.

She explained, The organization has been making a survey on the situation inside Burma and have been discussing to repatriate to works closely and effectively in the future, but we havent decided to return and become registered yet. On the other hand, she hopes that Wide Horizons program will be able to stay here in Mae Sot, because several of migrants and refugees still live along the borderline, and they are not ready to return right now. If WH moves to Burma, it will be a problem for the youth who stay here and want to apply for their further education. In addition, it is only WH program that is focusing on providing youth adults from Burma the skills to develop their Community Based Organizations (CBOs) through community development skills. So it is better to take a moment in time until the situation is more reasonable.

For all the readers she added, I would like to encourage everyone, especially youth to try hard in their studies. The organizations need lots of qualied people to develop the community. We can learn not only in class, there are plenty of ways to improve our self even though we have a job. The only thing is depending on how much we are motivated and enthusiastic to promote ourselves. At last, we, WH thank Nan Snow so much for giving us the time for interviewing and sharing her experiences. She has been doing many things professionally to represent the meaning of WH. We hope for her and BPHWT that they will be able to go forward towards successful prospects. At the same time, we hope that current or coming WH students will be doing really well like her. Also, we really thank all our readers. We all admire your appreciation and warmly welcome you to support our future Wide Horizons as well. By - Paw Eh
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First you dream, then you make your dreams come true
We have almost successfully completed building safe and comfortable buildings for Elpis Schools boarding kids.
We got the contact with Ma Myat Noble from Room to Grow Foundation last year in September. She gave us the chance to write the proposals as practice and to do the school projects. At that time we were learning about writing proposals and were looking for a project. We considered and decided to write a proposal. Subsequently, we did research and survey in Mae Sot communities to write the proposal. We decided to write the proposal for Elpis Schools boarding kids. They are living in two rented boarding houses separately, 37 boys and 22 girls. They got a warning from the land owner to move to another place in March 2014. Furthermore, they have not had a permanent donor to pay for renting the houses where they live. It is a big challenge for them where to move and live after March 2014. We met and discussed with the Elpis head mistress and the Science and Technology Training Center (STTC) teacher, Kyaw Win Aung and his students, to build two dormitories for the kids. We were motivated by the children and we did try the best to get the funding proposal that was being offered by Room to Grow. Luckily, our proposal for te boys and girls dormitories was accepted and it helped to protect Elpis Schools boarding kids from challenges that they will face in the future. It has been being pleasurable for all of us to have a good chance to work for the children. We would like to thank to Room to Grow for their nancial contribution. This nancial support has helped us to provide two great buildings where Elpis boarding kids can learn and live in a safe environment and prosper in the future. Furthermore, the generous support has helped us as a good practice eld study for project management. Our special thanks to STTC Teacher Kyaw Win Aung and the student crew for the wonderful job they have done on the project. The Elpis headmaster, teachers and boarding kids were delighted with the buildings that fulll their wishes. Especially, they appreciate all the time and effort the STTC teachers and students put into the project. It is a joy for all of us to work with such dedicated and talented voluntarily working students. We would like to say thank you to the Elpis kids who participated to work at the ground area during the free time of their holiday. In addition, we are very thankful to the head mistress and her husband for actively participating and contributing some money for the project. The rest of the construction work will be nished soon. Finally, we are going to monitor and evaluate the project and report to the donor. By: Aung Aung

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Busy with billions of books

Wide Horizons (WH) has nurtured many smart students during the years. Now, they are working around the world in different organizations and different positions. I am so excited to meet former WH students and to ask them some questions about their experiences at WH. Moreover, what they have done after they graduated from WH? How the skills have been useful in their career? Fortunately, I had the chance to interview one of the alumni called Ma Sandar Lwin, a University student who is doing her thesis and working as an Exam Preparation Outreach Program (EPOP) program ofcer in Mae Sot.

A success story about a former WH student who is currently writing her thesis at university
She graduated with Mathematic from Yangon University, Burma in 1994. In 1995, after she graduated from Burma University, she attended the International Diploma Computer Science program in Yangon (IDCS). In 2007, she learned Korean. Afterwards, she came to Thailand and her plan was to go and work in Malaysia with her brother. At the time the Thai police often arrested illegal people. So, she needed a safe place and many people told her that if she lived in Mae La Camp she would be safe and the police would not arrest her. So, that is a reason why she arrived to Mae La Camp. After she arrived in camp, she faced many problems. Such as social problems and that camp people put her down and criticized her. During her time in camp, she worked for Media services and at an HIV and aids health care center as a volunteer. The spokesman of Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced person in Thailand (CCSDPT) wanted to appoint her as a volunteer staff organized by the International Rescue committee (IRC). But other people did not accept. So, she was hopeless and depressed. At the same time she saw an advertisement for the English Immersion Program (EIP) hanging on a Jack fruit tree. She decided to apply to EIP. After they saw her application form, they recommended her to attend Wide Horizons (WH) and sent her le to WH. Before that her plan was to go to a third country and she was waiting for her UN card. If she did not have a chance to attend WH at that time she would have been really upset. Fortunately, she was accepted to WH. After the academic year she nished her internship at Min Ma Haw Higher Education Program (MHEP) and she worked for another year using her WH skills. She always worked as a volunteer at the volunteer service center. She also worked for EPOP representative program in Mae Sot. And she got a scholarship for further study; she went straight on to study Master of Education (MED) at Assumption University in Bangkok. Now she is doing research for her thesis. After she has nished the university she will become a program ofcer with EPOP. She said to me: you also might feel the same as me because your school is nearly nished. All of you ideas have been changed. The students concepts and ideas have to change the day they arrive at WH. When they go back their organizations, all the skills that they learnt from WH are very effective, and their critical thinking skills are very useful. So, I would like to say thank you very much to the Wide Horizons program. Even though the program is short, it is great and students will be ready for all jobs. She is very grateful to WH for giving her a place to stand. According to her, WH is an amazing school and therefore there should also be one inside Burma, where it is really needed. In conclusion, I learned a lot and got much knowledge from her. And also how the WH skills are useful and effectively for all of us to get good opportunities. The skills and knowledge that WH gives changes the students life. I am very grateful that WH can show the way. I wish the noble WH can continue to be open and it can nurture many new leaders of future organizations.

By Nan San Dar Aye

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The First Colourful Project at WH

Last trimester we learned how to write proposals in our community Development class. The rst week of October we were starting to write proposals. The students were divided into six groups and we tried to nd out which school we would write for and what kind of project we wanted to do. Six groups came up with six different ideas. Among them three projects were accepted by Room to Grow. They were beading fancy jewelry project for Boarding High School for Orphanage and Helpless (BHSOH), repairing the roof for the New Blood Learning Center and building boy and girl dorms for Elips learning Center. My group was writing proposal for BHSOH, it was beading fancy jewelry.
When we wrote the proposal, we faced many challenges in every step we did. It was the rst time to write a proposal and we had no experience from before. But we applied our proposal writing technique that we had learned in our community development class. So why did our group choose the beading fancy jewelry project for BHSOH. We could not choose agriculture and construction projects because BHSOH face a water crisis every year and the land is not their own. For this reason our group decided to choose a life skill project for BHSOH. Writing a proposal for vocational training was not easy because we couldnt show the result at once like with a construction project. Firstly, we went BHSOH to get information several times to be clear about our project. We let them know, we were practicing how to write a proposal and if our project was accepted by the donor we would do it. On the other hand, we worried about how to write the proposal. Honestly, our group would like to do our project with BHSOH. They were willing to help and were expecting to get this project because if they got it, they could support some parts of the school`s needs. After we submitted our proposal we got a lot of follow up questions from the donor. It meant that the donor was really interested in our project. We had to answer the questions more specically than other groups because our project looked like a business. By answering the follow up questions we developed our thinking and proposal writing skills. Finally our project was accepted by Room to Grown. According to our implementation plan, we started our project in November 2013; we ordered all the material that we needed for our training. But rst the Wide Horizons students had to learn how to make bead jewelry from SaNaYarThiPann Women Center (SWC). After that the WH students went to give the training at BHSOH in the beginning of December 2013.Our project was not only benecial for BHSOH, but also for WH. The WH students also got life skills through this project. They have sold jewelry for over 3000 Bath for BHSOH after they learnt how to bead jewelry. 75 students and 8 teachers from BHSOH attended this training. During the training, the WH students got a lot of experience such as teaching skills, time management and how to deal with the problems. Therefore, we would like to say that writing proposals is difcult, but doing a project is even more difcult. By doing the project we have become good organizers and have more condence. We are not afraid to write proposals and not afraid to do projects. We are sure; we can develop our community by using the skills that we have got from Wide Horizons. By MyoMyo and Nay Chi Win

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Green ngers in WH

During the second trimester, WH students planted vegetables on the Wide Horizons (WH) compound supported by the Khom Loy Foundation.

In the second trimesters, we got a gardening training from Khom Loy Foundation. We got the skills from experienced trainers and a clear understanding with this gardening project. Also, we had a chance to learn and practice at the same time with the trainers. We learned about the nutrients of vegetables as well and how to make natural fertilizer from vegetables, plants and kitchen waste. Thus, today we remind each other to use the kitchen waste for the garden instead of throwing it in the rubbish bin. After the training, we started our own garden at the Wide Horizons (WH) compound with gardening supplies from Khom loy. The students are divided into groups and are competing against each other. We need to nd the raw materials near our school for the garden and make place for the plants. We water the plants twice a day with natural fertilizer and natural insect repellent. In addition, we dont have enough space in our school. But, luckily we learned how to grow plants in containers by using plastic bags and water bottles. It is promoting our management skills as well because we have to manage how to decorate our garden ourselves. Although we divided the groups for the garden, we helped each other in watering and decorating the garden. In addition, after the second trimester, most of the students went back to their home during the trimester break. The students who stayed at school help their friends by watering their garden. This shows that we all have unity and obligation by watering the plants regularly, by giving them nutrients and by killing the unnecessary weeds from our garden. Seeing the green plants in our garden gives us motivation. We have fun and laugh and we will never forget our memories from the garden while we were planting together. Moreover, when we were drowning in the

homework sea, only a glance at the garden made us feel fresh and relaxed. By having this garden, there are vegetables that we dont need to buy for our cooking and we can use the money for meat instead. Furthermore, we decorate our garden in different designs for viewing pleasure. It is also valuable not only for us, but also for our community because we can share our knowledge to the communities. It makes our mind relax and is good for our environment. In addition, our vegetables are fresher and healthier than in the market because we dont use chemical fertilizer and only use the natural fertilizer. It can also save the soil in a sustainable way. Now, our garden is very nice and can give us vegetables for our kitchen. We are really thankful to Khom Loy Foundation for giving us the knowledge and experience to plant vegetables.

By Aye Thandar Aung and Jame


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Playing on the roof

This month, we have done a great project at New Blood School. The roof was successfully repaired by Wide Horizons (WH) students, the WH teacher, and the WH coordinator working together with the New Blood headmaster, teachers and students. WH students got experience about project management in implementation because we are learning and doing it at the same time. In addition, we have been able to manage everything to nish on time and to be done successfully. The innocent children at New Blood School were faced with problems while they were learning. Due to the leaking water in the rainy season, the kids were uncomfortable in the classroom. The new roof is made of zinc, which means the water can no longer leak inside while theyre studying. Instead the students can focus on lessons and can get sound sleep. Moreover, the roof can last for a long time without breaking. Rested and smart children feel happy and they become active in the classroom. By Devi


Swiftly Minutes
Swiftly, letters were ied to us No one knew each other and laughing and smiling Sometimes visit to Monaco And posting in the meeting the issues Thats nature that we knew later On occasion busy, sleepy Whatever, Its the best time that made us improve We long to try the best everything in the future Cause of WH, we are ready to help our community We love it all from WH John
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Giving Child Protection Training

The skills taught at Wide Horizons are 100 percent useful

Kyinno, the Child Protection (CP) Manager at Mae Tao Clinic, is an example of a former WH student who is very successful in her job. In this interview, she explains how she was able to use the skills learned at WH in her new career. She is Mon Karen mixed ethnicity and a Wide Horizons (WH) former student from the 2008-2009 academic year. Before she came to the ThaiBurma borderline, she graduated from Mawlamyaing University, where she got a Bachelor of Psychology. When she arrived in Mae Sot, she taught Burmese, Math and School Health subjects to grade 7 and 8 at the Childrens Development Centre (CDC) for three years. Then, she decided to get more skills at WH for her new position. She says, I got 100 percent useful skills at WH because before I came to WH, I had already had my destination. Some of the useful skills she mentioned were Proposal writing, Report writing, Leadership and Management skills and Critical Thinking skills. These skills have been very useful during her internship and until now. After she nished WH, she became project coordinator on Child Protection. Her role is coordinating between partners, collaboration through networks and programs. In her Child Protection Program, there are four main core activities: providing Dry Food, Birth Certicate, Child Recreation Centre, and Day Care. She has been promoted to her position as MTCs Child Protection manager. Her role is managing the overall program, including staff, budget, program and funding advocacy, Sometimes, she went abroad to do advocacy. Even though she is very busy with her job, she tries to adjust her life between work and personal life by hanging out with her friends, play badminton and watching Zee Channel from TV. She is also a Payap University student, where she studies Business Administration. She has to attend the class on the weekend. The Project for Local Empowerment (PLE) delivers the course

The future of Wide Horizons

for the people who work for Non- prot organizations. I asked her about the future of WH. She said, Wide Horizons is a very good school for the Community Based Organizations (CBOs) because the school trains the staff to get more capacity building for working in their mother organizations. Even though we do not have enough funds to run the program in the coming years we should participate with the organizations based on the Thai-Burma border to keep this program going by supporting with dry food, school supplies and stationeries for the students. I also asked her if WH should move back to Burma or stay on the ThaiBurma Border? She replied this is difcult to answer because both sides need this kind of program. Also, she said there are so many community based organizations formed by their ways in Burma, but those many people lack of acknowledgement and skills. So we need to promote lots of youth capacity building. Wide

Horizons is a very good school for the Community Based Organizations (CBOs) because the school trains the staff to get more capacity building for working in their mother organizations.

I would like to thank you for reading this interviewing. This is our second WH newsletter in the academic year of 2013-2014. I would recommend Wide Horizons to everyone and I hope that the program will be able to continue in the future. It is the best learning program for the staff that do not have too much experience and capacity building in their organization. By Eh Tha Hser


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Celebrity Movie Editing Training

The great opportunity of students exchange between Wide Horizons and English Immersion Program (WH & EIP).
On the 16th to 20th of December, 2013 WH and EIP students had exchange at WH school in Mae Sot. EIP is a sister school of WH. EIP is located in Umphiem refugee camp. This school is focusing on developing the students English skills. There were 24 WH students and 20 EIP students at this student exchange week. All of us came from different places and ethnic groups. During the whole week we learned video editing and how to shoot the video. We also had students fellowship activities such as debate competition, created 5 minute movies and oriented each others. The video editing training was given by U Nyan Soe from Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). In video editing and shooting we were divided into 5 groups by mixing EIP and WH students. Each group had to create a 5 minute movie about repatriation on the Thai-Burma border. We studied together, went shopping together, cooked together and in the evening we played football together. The EIP students were very good at being social and participating. The last day of training, we went to the waterfall and played some games and showed our talents. All of us had fun and were full of happiness.

I was very happy in this students exchange week because we got a chance to shoot videos by ourselves as actors and actresses and we ate barbecue together.
During the exchange week we got more knowledge and skills about social exchange and how to work together in teams. We could share our ideas and knowledge with each other. Everything that we learned during this week was very useful for us and for our community in the future. One of our friends said I was very happy in this students exchange week because we got a chance to shoot videos by ourselves as actors and actresses and we ate barbecue together. Therefore, we would like to say thank you to World Education, EIP and WH teachers who prepared this wonderful program to build stronger relationships between EIP and WH students. We also appreciate U Nyan Soe for giving us video editing training. All in all, for the coming years we think they should continue this wonderful exchange program.

By Wahnaymoo Kay, Pwint Moe Thu and Ong Ring

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WH should stay in Mae Sot, but also expand to Burma

In this interview we spoke to Nan Wah Wah Aung who is a former WH student and an excellent manager of the Project for Local Empowerment (PLE). She has been working with her organization (PLE) since she nished WH.

When did you nish your school? Where? And did you attend any other school after that? I nished high school in 1999, at High School No. (2), South Okkalapa, in Yangon. After I nished high school, I stayed at home for three years to take care of my younger sisters. Then I continued my education and attended the University Of Foreign Language (UFL) in Yangon for three years, where I studied Korean major. After that I worked for a Korean Company for six months. In august 2005 I came to Mae Sot, where I worked at Mae Tao Clinic as a volunteer for one year. I attended the training of Community Health Worker in Noh Poe refugee camp for six months and after I nished that training, I did an internship at the In Patient Department (IPD) at Mae Tao Clinic for six months. From June 2007 to May 2008, I attended a Health Assistant Training again and after I nished that I applied for Wide Horizons. When did you attend Wide Horizons (WH)? And why did you choose that school? I attended WH from July 2008 to April 2009. I think our year started a little later than other years because normally WH starts in June. I really liked WH because when I saw the students who nished from WH they were effective in their organization, could speak English uently and were good at management. Firstly, I really desired to speak in English because in any organization they communicate with foreigners so I was so eager to attend WH. This is why I chose WH.

What kinds of skills did you get from WH and how did you feel different before and after you attended WH? I got a lot of skills from WH such as computer skills, community development, English speaking and time management. Not only the skills that we learnt from class, but also from our friends. I met with different kinds of ethnic groups and religions. Especially, I got lots of experience from my friends. Some of my friends have a lot of experience because they had worked with their organizations and they shared their experience with us. And also when we visited the community, we improved our communication with the community people. Since I nished WH, I have had the condence to do something and I dare to speak in English. When I work with organizations, the situation has been very different since I nished WH. Today when I face problems I can solve them without any difculty. I noticed myself and I was so amazed how different I had become - I couldnt believe it myself. Could you let me know what your current job is? What is your responsibility and how do you use your skills from WH? My organization is Burma Medical Association and Im the program a manager of Project for Local Empowerment (PLE). I have been working with them since 2010. My organization trains people from inside Burma. After giving the training, they go back inside and work with clinics. We support them with medicine and materials that they need for clinics. Then we do Monitoring and Evaluation for the project. Of my WH skills, I especially use management, leadership skills and English speaking when I communicate with foreigners. What do you think about the future of WH? Should we stay here or move to Burma? WH is very valuable for people who serve the community. So I desire WH to keep the program in Mae Sot in the future. I also think they should expand and set up another WH inside Burma because there are some organizations that need the same kind of training there. WH is a useful school for the people who work for the communities and the organizations. By Ching San


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Busy Bees ew in the Class

During the second trimester we did many activities at Wide Horizons. There was dinner with Global Neighbor team, video shooting activities and nancial Literacy training.
On the 7th of December 2013, the Wide Horizons Students and the Global neighbor team students had social exchange for one night. Both schools had a dinner party at the 2 in 1 barbecue shop. After we nished dinner, we shared and presented about the culture and situation at Wide horizons. In 2013 on the 16th of December to the 20th of December, Wide Horizons and English Immersion Program had exchange week and learnt about video editing and shooting. This training was given by U Nyan Soe (DVB Youth voice). Forty-four students attended this training and created their own videos. On the last day, we presented ve minute videos all concerned about repatriation. From the 6th to the 10th of January 2014, Wide horizons students were given a training of nancial Lit-

eracy and Training of Trainers (TOT). This training was given by Ko Lin and Heidi from Khom Loy. For the rst three days, Ko lin gave us a nancial literacy training (for example Budget plan, saving goal, money believe, household budget and time management). Heidi gave us TOT training. She taught us about the difference between teaching and trainings. Then we learned ten techniques to know how to be a qualied teacher. All in all, this training focused for Wide Horizons students to give training to women in Pasidam community and will also be useful in our future. According to these activities, all of the students at Wide Horizons believe that they got more experiences. It has many benets for us to improve our brains and skills. It helps us to gain experiences for our internship. By Nan Ah Du, Naw Ko Klaw Hto and Saw Sparrow

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Heal Wide Horizons

I am one of the students in Wide Horizons and my name is David Stone. I would like to share my current situation and experiences that I got from WH. Before I arrived here, I knew a little about WH. WH is a program focused on developing the community based organizations workers. Those community workers need this program to get the skills that are helpful for the communities, such as community development skills, proposal writing, report writing, advanced computer skills and advanced English skills. Before I came here, I did not know these kinds of tools and how they were valuable for the community. I hope that I can develop my community after I graduate from this school because it has given me a lot of knowledge, experiences and skills that I can use in the future. Unfortunately, one thing that breaks my heart is the situation of our WH program, because the budget will run out this year. We worry about the next new generations to apply the skills from WH. Also, we will not have any support or budget from donors to carry out a good program like WH in migrant areas. It is something we all worry about and one of my friends told me that I felt comfortable last year because we got supplies from World Education (WE). We do not need to worry about our studies. On the other hand, I worry for new generations who will attend WH program because they will not have an opportunity like their brothers and sisters. When I think about them Im so sympathetic and I would like for them to get the same opportunity because this program can effectively develop our community. Due to this situation we can know what is going on in our WH program in the future. Anyway, we hope that a doctor will come and cure the feeling that we are suffering from. We are waiting for him to come and heal our suffering for WH. By David Stone Saw Kler Si Say


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Volume 2, 2013 - 2014 Academic Year Wide Horizons School, P.O. Box 27, Mae Sot,Tak ,63110,Thailand Coordinator - Too Mai Phone : 085 605 8382 Email : Wide Horizons,Community Development Program