Happy kids with new stationary
First of all I'd love to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you've had a good start to 2020 so far and that a fun, healthy and happy year lies ahead for you.
This report is particularly exciting because since our last update we visited the community at Koung Jor Refugee Camp in Northern Thailand. It was a special visit as we introduced our friends in the community to our daughter for the first time. We were welcomed with a delicious Shan noodle lunch (our favourite) and caught up with the Headman, Education Coordinator and teachers over delicious local green tea. As always it was like visiting old friends and was such a pleasure to see everyone again.
Shan people are known for their hospitality and also for their love of children, so bringing Amelia to the community was definitely the highlight of our trip. It was also so lovely to introduce her to the oldest resident, who we affectionately call Grandma.
During our stay we asked the Education Coordinator if there was anything else they needed. He said it would be good to start the year off with giving each of the students a new fresh notebook and pencil, so for 2,000 Thai Baht (£50/$63) we were able to make that wish come true. It's AMAZING what a small amount of money can do and the joy it can bring! Please consider donating (if you already do, THANK YOU) and/or telling your friends about our work so we can continue to make big and small dreams come true.
Iona and the TBF team.
It's all about the small but vital things
Choosing a new notebook for the new year
One of the camp classrooms
Our delicious welcome lunch