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anbi

Stichting Light for Asia
NL 70 RABO 0126 9283 39 te Monnickendam
Onder vermelding van “Project Thailand”
ANBI    Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling


Secretariaat:
Stichting Light for Asia
Melkkruid 47,
1441 XS Purmerend
T.  06-81513248
E. stichtinglightforasia @gmail.com


Peter & Tatjana Bak
PO Box 61 Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000,
Thailand

M. Peter      +66 (0) 85 719 9810
M. Tatjana      +66 (0) 81 169 6268
E. peterentatjana@gmail.com

News

You can read the latest news from "House of Refuge" here.

Visisting sponsors

altIn the space of only a couple of weeks we had visits from 3 different families who have all supported House of Refuge for years. They are from the United States, Canada, and Thailand. It’s great when people decide to become a sponsor but it’s even better when we get to meet and get to know the people behind the support. What all three families have in common is that when they visited they blessed the girls and “mothers” even more through financial contributions, providing a pizza dinner for everyone, bringing presents and teaching a seminar for the “mothers”, or giving us the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for all the girls. One of the families also organized a fun evening teaching origami, the Chinese paperfolding art. It was awesome to have this opportunity to spend time with the sponsors and we felt very honored with the time they took to visit and encourage us.

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Back to nature

altTaking the family and venturing out into nature and living from the land is a great experience. We often hear about it when the conversations turn to scouting or when we know people who like to spend their vacation out in nature. But in the Netherlands it is not very common to live out in nature and we only really ever see what nature or the jungle has to offer in a tv show like Expedition Robinson or something like it. Here in Thailand we are basically living in the jungle so it is very easy for us to experience if we want and have enough know how. The “mothers” of one of the houses decided to take the girls out into the jungle for a day where they also cooked food on a fire and using produce straight from the jungle. It was a wonderful day in which they got to enjoy nature, food and each other.

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Teambuilding

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At the end of August, we went out with all our colleagues. We didn’t have to go very far, but it was nice to be away from work and be in a place that had air conditioners. We invited a long-time friend to organize the day and he did a very good job. We learned a lot that day through music, singing, stories, skits, and games. How can you be a good team? How do you respect each other, think positively, enjoy and do your work responsibly? Something very important in this is that you know exactly what your tasks are and what is expected of you. It is also important to know what the goal is that you and your team are trying to attain, that you understand what the business or organization’s mission is. Your attitude in the team and in your relationships with your colleagues is of importance. These are just a few things that came up throughout that day.

 

We also got to enjoy a very delicious lunch during which we were able to talk about things other than work which was really good. After lunch, we got iced coffee from a colleague who now lives in Denmark. All in all, we are thankful for our team and the fact that we had a successful team building day.

 

We hope to be able to take what we learned and apply it to our job, in this way improving the care we give the girls.

 

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Do you have the courage?

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At the end of September, we had a team from New Zealand visiting us. During that week quite a few girls were already home from school either because their school had already closed for holidays or because they were in their final testing weeks and didn’t have to go to school every day. So, what do you do with a team of 16 people consisting of mostly 18/19-year-old youngsters? Neither the girls nor the staff know what to do with foreigners and especially not with foreigners who don’t speak a word of Thai. So, when these people begin to speak it is all English and then the girls and staff have to reply, which is quite scary. All the girls learn a bit of English at school and some of them are quite good, but it takes courage to actually start using it. It was great to see that some of the girls put in the effort to communicate with foreigners in a language not their own, although it was accompanied by a lot of giggling.

 

This team was here for a week working every day to help paint the living room, homework room, and the bedrooms at one of the houses. They worked really hard and they managed to finish the entire project. To wrap up the team’s time with us there was an evening of music, drama, and games which everyone really enjoyed.

 

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Sleep well

altSometimes you have underlying problems that aren’t that obvious at first glance. If there were problems, then you soon forget those because the day has already started, but you’re still stuck with the question of why you are feeling so tired or why you are hurting all over. And when suddenly the penny drops, you can finally take action. It turns out that all the mattresses at House of Refuge were due for replacement, both for the girls and the “mothers”. Around that same time, we received word from New Zealand that someone wanted to make a donation which ended up paying for 9 new mattresses. 9 girls can now sleep a whole lot better and are getting up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. We now have about 1/5th of the mattresses replaced with another 4/5ths to go. The mothers are also happy because well-rested girls mean a positive outlook on life which then influences the atmosphere and the girls’ performance in school.

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