May 29, 2019

Final project report

Back-strap weaving by Daw Naw. photo: Thera Cho
Back-strap weaving by Daw Naw. photo: Thera Cho

In March we visited the SAW health house again to see if our project participants were well enough to continue.  Sadly, we found that they have moved across the border to Myanmar, where they have easier access to their meds.  While the border is a mere 6 kilometers from Mae Sot, our Thai base, it would require our getting a visa for daily crossings at $10 US for each of us. At the moment, this is not viable for the project.   We continue to stay in touch via email and Facebook, but it is not the same as face to face meetings.  

After consulting with SAW staff, we have decided to end this project.  

We thank you for your continued support and patience.

Feb 26, 2019

On the ground in Thailand

Preparing tamarind at the Women's Health House
Preparing tamarind at the Women's Health House

In January we met with our project participants in Mae Sot. Sadly, we learned that several of the women were ill and not able to attend our first meeting.  We also learned that the women's Health House was in the process of moving to a location about 3 kilometers outside of town. We have not been able to find out exacty what the health issues are with these 6 women.  They receive their medications regularly and are checked by a doctor once a month.  Communication is not always clear because my Burmese language skills are minimal at best.

After consulting with staff at the sponsoring organization, we asve decided to delay this photo workshop until March 15. This will give everyone time to settle in and, most importantly, to get well. We are also looking to hire a Burmese/English translator to help with communications.

Thank you again for your support and your patience!

Dec 3, 2018

Look at Me! Where we are...

Daw Yi Nu and friend
Daw Yi Nu and friend

in two weeks time we will be in Mae Sot, Thailand, and meeting with our project participants.  Because of their HIV+ status, these Burmese women have few opportunities for employment or education.  The MY STORY photo project will be working with them to produce a video about their lives: their hopes, their fears, their daily lives.  Using basic digital cameras, the women will use stills and videos to tell their stories.  The project will give them the tools to do this; they will  do all the writing, shooting, and editing.  The piece will be shown in Thailand and Canada as a way of informing the public about the challenges they face and the dignity they show in the face of adversity.

Thanks to our donors, we have the cameras, and are looking forward to starting this project  Stay tuned!

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