The Children of Rainbow
At èrii, we believe that “you make a life by what you give.” It is close to our hearts that every purchase provides three meals for a child at the Rainbow School of Sangkhlaburi.
Rainbow School is situated deep in the jungle on the border between Myanmar and Thailand where many of the villagers are refugees fleeing civil unrest. Neither country has accepted Sangkhlaburi as part of their nation, leaving children born there without nationality, and many as orphans, abandoned by parents who were unable to receive an education. Rainbow School was created to embrace these children, giving them a nurturing home and education to grow and thrive. Thank you for joining us in caring for these precious children and we are excited to introduce you to a few of the children of Rainbow School.
The Four Brothers
In the next few weeks, we will be sharing the stories of Win, Joe Ei Mai, Ponsai, and Bon. Four brothers who we have been so proud to see grow and flourish since joining Rainbow School in 2014. Tomoko, the founder of Rainbow School had known them for 5 years before they came to the school.
At an early age, they had lost their mother to illness and their father had abandoned them. From there, a relative cared for them temporarily until a kind woman was able to take them in. However, soon she was getting too old to work and could no longer afford to continue feeding the four growing children, and had to send them to an orphanage. That is where Tomoko met the four bright boys, playing with them and teaching them to study. While the Orphanage in Sangkhlaburi took the boys in, it was not a home for nurturing growth and happiness. To move the boys, it took years of difficult negotiations, but the boys and our team were so excited to finally welcome them to their home at Rainbow School in 2014.
Bon is the youngest brother and a creative spirit. He was too little to remember his childhood, and while the other brothers don’t wish to see their father, Bon sometimes still misses him. That said, he is a dearly loved part of the Rainbow School family and always brightens up any room with his unique ideas and imaginative creations.
He has always loved drawing and all the other children admire his work. Recently, he has also begun building with clay. His small, skillful hands create beautiful clay pieces that are each very delicate and unique. Bon is a dreamer and always thinking about the future.
At the moment, he is pondering either becoming a scientist or an artist. We can’t wait to see what he decides.
It is close to our hearts that every purchase provides three meals for a child at the Rainbow School of Sangkhlaburi. Head to Our Cause to learn more about our partnership with Rainbow School.