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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

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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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Reunion

altThe teenage girls who went to a camp last April had a kind of reunion recently. They got a chance to meet up with all their camp friends and leaders. This was due to a debriefing meeting following the camp. What did they think of the camp? How are they doing now? Would they like to go to a camp like this again next year? There was also time to play games together and to catch up and just have fun.

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A trip

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At the end of April we loaded up the trucks with everyone’s luggage to take a trip with the girls and staff. Altogether we had 38 people. We were going to Chiang Mai, about a 3-and-a-half-hour drive away. Sadly they are very busy working on the road making the trip longer than normal but the result should be worth the currently long trip. The first day we went to the zoo. It is a huge zoo that is constantly being developed. This time the aquarium and the panda enclosure were open, which 2 years ago wasn’t the case due to a power outage.

It was really hot at about 40 degrees Celsius causing us to seek shelter from the heat in a big mall in the area. The girls really enjoyed looking through the shops and buying food.

The next day we went to the royal gardens which was really beautiful. Next up was an amusement park with a toboggan run. For some of the girls this was a bit scary but once they got going they really enjoyed themselves and it was a small victory for them. That afternoon we went to a waterfall to cool off. It was a really beautiful area and the waterfall had multiple layers in which you could play. It was quite busy there as everyone was off from school and work and it was pretty hot. But the amount of people couldn’t deter us from having fun.

The last day we went to church and sang a song in front of the whole church, after which we stopped by the mall again before starting our journey home. Everyone had loads of fun and was therefore a successful trip. We want to thank the sponsors for making this trip possible!

 

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Visiting family

altMost of the time the girls only go to visit family during the March-May holiday but this time some of the visits happened later. For one of the girls the visit was arranged after a close family member passed away and for the other girl it was moved due to planning issues. Often it is very emotional to see each other after a long time away. In some cases it is also very difficult to once again be in the place where the terrible things that were done to her occurred. A “mother” is always with the girls when they visit family to provide support and protection and creates a relationship with the girls’ family and the house she now lives in.

 

Vacation

altIt is now summer in Thailand, the schools are closed and the girls are at home. Luckily there are plenty of fun things to do. Most of the girls had the opportunity to go visit family, all the girls went to a camp, and towards the end of April we hope to be able to go on a short vacation with everyone. But the girls also have plenty of days at home in which they get to play games with each other and the mothers, color their hair and paint their nails, watch movies and decorate cooking aprons that will be given as presents to sponsors. We always try have a good time with the girls despite the insane heat right now.

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