Thailand & Myanmar 2010. Unfinished Business.

In the summer of 2010, I returned to northern Thailand to continue work at a King’s school. The school, situated just outside of Mae Hong Song, housed several hundred students. The King of Thailand provides funding for approximately 30 schools throughout Thailand. Some of these children are orphans, living at the school year-round. We also traveled to the Myanmar border, working with students at a Chinese village. The biggest surprise of all – a quick trip across the border into Myanmar.

This trip’s main construction project was the restoration of a medical clinic. Unlike last year however, we had just two days to gather supplies and less than three days to work.

           

The swing set – one year later. A new roof and a little wear (a swing broke – it was used so much the metal bracket wore through), but otherwise in great shape!

               

The beautiful statues and buildings in and around Mae Hong Song.

               

The “pets” of Mae Hong Song.

                

Framing a wall at the clinic. This was the first time I’d framed anything. We recycled wood from beds that we were replacing. That board in my hand was from the base of a bed. The wall was being installed to separate the bathroom from the rest of the clinic. We purchased all new beds for the clinic, as well as new fans, screens, and a water cooler. Above my head is the new ceiling. Dust would constantly rain down on the children as they lay sick in beds. not good for recovery!

Apparently this thing bites real hard. Oh, and it runs fast, too.

               

On our way into Myanmar. That’s the border. We got notice rather quickly that we were permitted across. We spent less than five hours in Myanmar before we were asked to leave.

               

We brought tons of goodies along with us! The children were absolutely beautiful! The man in the photo lost his leg to a landmine. You may notice the man (blue shirt) in the photo further up is missing an arm. It is common for the Myanmar army to lay landmines around certain ethnic villages. Why? Because they simply do not like them.

              

Tea! And the Chinese village “downtown”

My sleeping accommodations in the Chinese village.

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