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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.

Slapen met emmers in je kamer!

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altDe wind steekt op, de lucht is donker, er komt echt een schip met zure appelen aan! Dan begint het te regenen, eerst nog rustig, maar dan steeds harder. Elke keer wanneer jij denkt dat het niet harder kan dan gaat het toch nog harder. Ineens voel je een druppel op je hoofd, waar komt die vandaan? Nog ééntje, je kijkt omhoog en ziet dat er een gaatje in het plafond zit. "Oh oh dat is niet goed." Maar het is middenin de nacht dus er zit niets anders op dan een emmer neer te zetten om niet de slaapkamer onder te laten lopen. Later worden er nog meer lekkages gevonden en zo staan er flink wat emmers op verschillende plekken. Er moet dus nodig iets gebeuren!
Half september is het een week mooi weer en kan er flink aan het dak gewerkt worden: dakpannen worden vervangen en alles wordt opnieuw aangesmeerd en geschilderd. Na die week begint de regen weer en gelukkig blijft het nu droog in huis.

Na deze klus worden de slaapkamer, de hal en de woonkamer opgeknapt, want dit was al jaren niet gebeurd. Het lijkt eerst een ravage, maar langzamerhand zien de meisjes hoe mooi het wordt. Ze zijn er heel blij mee, want het is net alsof ze een nieuw huis hebben! Sommige meisjes kunnen zelfs helpen bij het inzetten van het nieuwe plafond, dat vinden ze helemaal geweldig!

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A Special Week Ending!

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Every Friday night we end the week with all the girls together. We play games, share about our week, watch a movie, or go to the night market together.
Recently a visiting team put together a program on one of those Friday nights for the girls. They sang songs together, played games, shared testimonies, and danced together. For one of the games the girls were split into groups of 3. They had to work together to get one of them dressed as nicely as possible with a roll of toilet paper and a roll of tape. Toilet paper is quite fragile so there were some problems getting things the way they wanted. Nonetheless they managed to create some beautiful outfits. Some made a long, tight skirt which was a disaster when going up the steps of the stage. This didn’t stop them from having fun and they all got prizes for their outfits.
The girls had so much fun while dancing that the following morning they looked up the song and started dancing again.
We are thankful that the team spent the evening having fun with the girls. Thank You!

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Two super fun days!

altThe local government hospital in Chiang Rai organized 2 days of creative activities for girls from two locations, where girls live with similar backgrounds. A total of 60 girls were invited including the girls from House of Refuge. These days were partly were partly organized by a team of psychologists that House of Refuge works with. This meant that several of the girls already knew them and this gave them a chance to get to know more girls from other locations as well.

The goal was to give the girls an awesome and relaxing time in which they could learn new things, get to know each other and have fun.
The girls made masks, played with clay, played games, and painted t-shirts. When the t-shirts were done they got to take them home. It was a wonderful two days and the girls enjoyed it tremendously.

Having fun and relaxing is important but we also hope that creativity can help the girls develop, discover their talents, and help them express what goes on inside of them. These are small steps in processing their past and building towards their new future. For the girls this was the first time something like this was done in their own language and the first time it was done by people in the area. We are thankful for this initiative.

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A Royal Award

altChristine Overeem, the founder of Baan Phak Phing, came to the Netherlands in August on furlough. She left Harderwijk, the Netherlands 30 years ago to move to Thailand but the connection to Harderwijk has always remained. A few days after her arrival she had an appointment with someone in Harderwijk. Before she could get to the agreed location the other person called and asked her to meet at the city hall. A group of about 50 of her friends, family, and people connected with House of Refuge were there to surprise her. The Mayor was there to receive her after which he proceeded to give her a Royal Award in the King’s name for the work that she started in Thailand and the 30 years of service to help the vulnerable girls who live at House of Refuge. When Christine was asked about how she felt, she said, “I am happy to have received the award but that is not what this is and has been about. It has always been about the work that we get to do in Thailand.”

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Family Day!

altEvery year we have a day we call “Family Day” where the girls’ family members can come visit. They come to see how their daughter/niece/granddaughter is doing at Baan Phak Phing. They get to see what life here looks like and get to know the staff and other girls. There is also an opportunity for them to ask questions and to eat together. It is always a very good day.
Why have a Family Day?
The girls who live at Baan Phak Phing do not have a safe home situation. Their families cannot provide the required safety due to the circumstances they reside in. This is horrible but the family is thankful that at Baan Phak Phing there is a safe place for their daughter/niece/granddaughter to live. We believe that family relationships are very important for the girls’ wellbeing which is why we have these Family Days and are always open for contact with the family. During the summer break the staff also spend many hours on the road taking the girls to visit relatives.
For some girls this day is very hard because they do not have a family or they are unable to come. This reality is very difficult and hard to accept sometimes. This is why we try to make it a fun day for everyone by watching a movie, doing crafts, or going somewhere fun. This year we can look back on a successful day.

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