Conclusion of Wat Potaram Pre-School Cafeteria Project – Thailand
This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Heather Chadwick. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
This project was to provide fixtures and piping for supply, purification, distribution, and wastewater systems in the new cafeteria as part of the larger project to build the cafeteria.
I’m happy to let you know that the cafeteria and kitchen are finished at the Wat Potaram Preschool in Maha Sarakham Province in Thailand.
Local laborers and parents participated in the actual construction of the cafeteria. The teachers were present to assist, along with providing food and water for the workers throughout the day.
The construction of the cafeteria took 8 weeks from start to finish, from laying the foundation to installation of water systems and electricity, to finally setting up the tables and chairs and decorations.
Water Charity funds were used for piping, plumbing fixtures, and the water treatment system.
The outcome of the construction of the cafeteria has been direct and immediate, as the teachers, cook, and students are able to use the new facility right away. The school now functions more efficiently and effectively as the classroom is no longer used for food distribution and eating. Food distribution and meal times are much more organized and allow for students to line up, wash their hands, and eat at tables and chairs.
The teachers and cook are also able to clean up after meals to a greater extent, because the students are be able to exit the cafeteria and return to the classroom. After immediate adoption of this new system, teachers, student, and cafeteria staff work together to ensure the facility is maintained and fully functioning. Everyone takes responsibility for keeping the area clean and tidy. Any upkeep and repairs necessary can be completed by the pre-school maintenance staff.
Additionally, the teachers have shown initiative to learn more about hand washing and water sanitation lessons to teach the kids. They understand the importance of emphasizing hand washing, particularly before meals. They are committed to ensuring the children maintain this hygienic routine through daily lessons and reminders.