Our team recently visited a few different villages to distribute food and supplies. These areas were on strict lockdown, not allowed to meet in groups, or organize any public activities. The mental impact of the lockdown has made people feel sad and discouraged. They only recently opened up these villages again for outsiders to visit. With official approval from local government leaders, we were able to coordinate public events.
Our first event in the region of Hot was called "Share to Change" in English. Rather than simply dropping off food, we wanted to have activities that would bring joy to so many people who have been struggling mentally in lockdown. In addition to 80 food and supply packages, we had music, games, and word of encouragement that we knew the local people would enjoy. In Doi Saket we visited an orphange that celebrates Christmas and put on an "Amazing Christmas" program with many activities for the kids who had missed the social interaction from visitors so much. We also donated 100 food and supply packages to the orphanage.
Life in rural areas can often be challenging with less economic opportunities negatively impacting family health. This is amplified when lockdowns cause people to lose their ability to socialize and fully participate in life together. We hope that our visit provided encoruagement and perseverance to continue forward in life.
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