Project week LO6

Mercy Center- Service Learning – Project Week Action Plan


This service is needed because the people in the center are not as privileged as us, how we are always able to be educated in a good environment. Since the children sometimes do not have as good an environment to study then us, we think this service would be needed for motivational support where children can enjoy their learning at school more than they had been. Also, as we set up activities and games for the children, we would be able to help the children increase their collaboration and communication skills. 

Mercy Center also referred as The Human Development Foundation (HDF) is a non-profit and non-denominational organization in Bangkok, Thailand. Mercy Center support both children and adults providing “a shelter for street kids, five orphanages, a hospice, a home for mothers and children with HIV/AIDS, a 400-pupil kindergarten, a community meeting place, and a serene haven in the slums with small gardens and playgrounds.” It has since expanded into a network of over 30 schools all over Bangkok, which have graduated an estimated 35,000 children. They are continuing to expand services to orphans, street children, and children with HIV/AIDS to improve the quality of life for these children. 

The HDF was established by Roman Catholic Redemptorist priest Father Joe Maier with Sister Maria Chantavaradom in 1975. It began as a single one-baht-a-day preschool for every child in the SlaughterHouse, including children of all religions and circumstances. The Mercy Center cares deeply about inclusivity and equality. Children who are economically and socially disadvantaged are treated differently from others, such as children living with HIV. Father Joe Maier says, “We here at the Mercy Centre continue to fight but our fight is not just about the virus. Ignorance, discrimination and isolation limits opportunities to fully participate, preventing them from living full and happy lives.” By investigating the NGO, we were able to understand that we need to make sure they feel included and teach them skills that can help them have more opportunities in their future, just like other children. 

Project week LO3

Project Week Email Drafts

38 Mercy Centre Bangkok, Thailand

My task is a minute taker, so I will have a separate document that records all the content and information I need:Minutes taker document. My task is basically to “add details of your meetings (Minutes taker). This needs to be linked to your Planning document.”

The following are a few small projects that can be used as activities after our discussions. Different people will be the project team leaders. The activities I lead basically include the following:

Chinese Activities

  • Teach them simple questions and answers and greetings, such as “good morning” and “hello”
  • On the basis of skillful use of greeting, teach them to simply write some Chinese characters
  • Rob stool–Active classroom atmosphere, refreshing

Prepare the chairs with 1 less students than the actual number of students and place them in a circle. When the music started, all the members began to dance impromptu in a circle, rotating their chairs as they danced to the music. When we stop the music and say “stop”, all members must find a chair as soon as possible and sit down. Then another chair was removed and the music continued… And so on, to see who makes it to the end.

Singing and dancing activities

  • Children can be in a circle and try to copy one of us in the circle
  • Freeze dance – children have to freeze when the music stops
  • Teach them simple English songs and warm-up games like “head, shoulders, knees and toes”, which include dance moves and songs

Team Building Activities

  • Cup stacking activities
    • Group competitions – which team can build the tallest pyramid in 2 minutes
    • Relay Speed Stacking – stack three 3 stacks then downstack them 
    • Building one big tower with everyone
  • The human knot
  • Puzzle – Cut a picture you have selected into six or eight equal squares. Cut the image in such a way that when you join the pieces, the entire picture is in place. 

Art Activities

  • Drawing what they want to become in the future
  • Trace their hands on a paper and decorate it

Project week LO5

38 Mercy Centre Bangkok, Thailand

This is the planning document we made after dividing into groups. Our preparation steps, air ticket journey, maximum spending limit, where to live, how to get to the mercy centre, etc. are all in this document, so this document is extremely important . Each of us has different tasks assigned, my task is a minute taker, so I will have a separate document that records all the content and information I need:Minutes taker document

We built 10 flags for the project week planning:

1) Trip Information / Setup 

2) Participants List

3) Forms of Transport During the trip

4) Accommodation Information

5) Partner Organization Information

6) Key forms of Communications During Trip

7) Location of Suitable Medical Facility

8) Local Adult Contact 

9) To purchase Insurance -ignore this

10) Risk Assessment

* Extra Flag –  if you choose to any “adventurous” activities.

Our Project Week group number is 38 , Our destination is Bangkok, Thailand