Special Needs Centre
‘Earn their own rice’ this is the reason why Father Ray opened the vocational school, so that young adults living with a disability could lean new skills, gain knowledge, have the ability to earn a salary and become independent.
The school offers several courses to students who come from all over the Kingdom, including Electronic Repair, Information Systems, Computer Business Management in English, Mould & Die, Non-Formal Education and there is also an Elementary Education course for those students who have no previous education.
For the two years that a student is at school they are provided, not only with an education, but the school also provides three meals each day, accommodation, medical assistance and at the end of two years each student is guaranteed to have a job by the time they graduate.
Many students who arrive at the school have led sad lives. Many have been ridiculed, made fun of, told they will never achieve anything in life.
Not only does the school educate the students, it also gives them the skills and confidence to be able to live as independent and worthwhile citizens.
In 2009 a second vocational school for people with disabilities opened in the northern city of Nong Khai with the aim of providing vocational training to people living in the north of the country as well as people from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
Statement by Gbemi Oyeo
One of the things that we did in Thailand was go to the disabled children's Centre which was where we were staying. When we entered they told us to sit down and watch their performance which was them dancing to a song that I believe is every popular in Thailand, as I heard the song played many times while we was there; it was a really fun performance to watch as they were so energetic and we could see that they were enjoying themselves. After they performed they gave us the opportunity to perform also, so we decided to perform the cha cha slide and candy. After this we played a game which involved us passing a ball around, it was like pass the parcel, but instead of unwrapping a present, you got slapped in the face with baby powder. I was one of the people that got slapped in the face, but I actually enjoyed that part the most when visiting the centre. The last thing we did there was played a game which included us passing a ball around using a spoon which was very hard because the spoon was very small. Overall, I really enjoyed visiting the disabled people's centre as I could see that we made a difference in their day and they were so welcoming.