In The Air Bus Cockpit The children were amazed by the ever changing scenery outside of the flight deck windows, and the holiday spirit reached an all time high once snow started falling on the approach to Zurich! Members of the Training and Language Innovations Department reiterated to the children the need for furthering their studies, so they could one day apply for work at THAI Airways, or similar top tier international companies.
The Karen Village ProjectEver since our first trip to the Karen refugee village in a Thai military restricted area outside of the large UN refugee camp on the Thai Burmese border, we realized that education needs in the village of approximately 600 were secondary to more basic needs of nutrition, ample and clean drinking water and Malaria protection. In an area largely deforested from illegal logging, few opportunities remain for honest and worthwhile employment
On one of our initial walks through the stilt house community, we came upon a single mother of twins. Both little girls had a traditional Karen herbal tincture on their heads in the mother’s hopes to fight the diarrhea and worms both eight month olds had been suffering from for more than a month already. The mother had been subsisting on approximately 15 U$, (500 Thai Baht) per month and had been trying to deal with her two undernourished infants, with the nearest medical attention being a 45 minute motorcycle ride away, which cost an unaffordable 15U$, if a willing motorcyclist could actually be found in this remote village.
The children and mother are doing well and have gained sufficient age appropriate weight (pictures), and based on our initial efforts, the village community is open to our other community improvement efforts. We are thankful to have working with us and volunteering their time and efforts a number of marvelous people who just happened to hear about the story and joined our efforts.
As always, none of our educational efforts could be possible without our steady number of TESOL and TEFL course participants, and it is the time to express our very heartfelt appreciation to all of you who have taken our 120 hour TEFL course over the years and supported our efforts in that way.