Klong Toei is an area of 13km² on the banks of the Chao Praya River and Bangkok Port. It is a major slum area of in excess of 140 000 people, with a population density of over 12 000 people/km². We are fortunate to work with several organisations who allow us to spend time with the children from the Klong Toei Community. In addition, Harrow allows Klong Toey childrens’ football club to use Harrow school fields for their football matches. We hope in future to sponsor meals at all these matches.

Children from the Klong Toei slum visited Harrow on Saturday 6th October for a swim, indoor and outdoor football, and lunch cooked by Harrow staff, pupils and parents. Screams announced the arrival of the 50 children as they raced down the walkway, desperate to dive into the pool. Trying to get them to shower was the most difficult task of the morning, but once this was accomplished there was laughter and shouting for the next two hours. These children only ever swim in the black waters of the klongs around Klong Toei, so diving into crystal clear water was a great experience for them. Few sounds can better that of a group of children having fun and it was a privilege and a pleasure to have these children under our care for the morning. Seven pupil and staff lifeguards monitored the pool continuously whilst a other children played badminton and basketball in the Sports Hall.

Whilst this was happening, a military style operation was underway to cook chicken and hamburgers – all donated by pupils and parents. The cooking took almost 2 ½ hours but the smells certainly suggested that things were going well. Lunch ready, every child was provided with hot food, plus drinks, crisps and biscuits. All extra food was loaded onto the buses and sent back home with the children.

After lunch, our guests played football or badminton, whilst Harrow pupils cleaned the pots before saying goodbye. We look forward to welcoming Klong Toei children every half term.

If you would like to be involved in the next Klong Toei visit, whether it be with food donations or helping out on the day, please contact the Leadership in Action office. 

Last updated: 30 Jan 2015 14:21