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.
Ponsai is a loving, open-hearted boy and came to Rainbow School when he was only 4 years old. When he first arrived, he was very sad after losing his mother. He walked silently with his face turned towards the ground, even as the other children were playing. Yet slowly, as Tomoko began to embrace him with motherly affection, his smile and laughter began to return.
Gradually, he began to explore playing with the other children and is now always one of the first children to welcome volunteers at Rainbow School. Loved by everyone at the school, he is also a wonderful artist and a talented dodgeball player. Recently, he has also had a lot of fun creating musicals. In the latest musical, he was the role of Buffalo and sang Japanese songs Tomoko has taught him since he first came to Rainbow School.
Ponsai is a talented, vibrant boy and we are thrilled to see what lies ahead for him.
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.