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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


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Stichting Light for Asia
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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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Inspection and insurance

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In Thailand you can get your motorcycle license at 15 and a lot of the girls do that. They find it very exciting but also very fun because it gives them more freedom which until that moment they didn’t have. For the “mothers” this is also nice because now the girls can help with getting groceries when they need something or drive themselves to school, work, or appointments they might have.

That you have to put gas in the motorcycle is clear to everyone but that you also have to have insurance and get the motorcycle inspected is not so obvious to everyone. They would rather let someone else take care of that but we want to teach them how to do this in order to make them more independent. The first time this had to happen someone went with them and also a “sister” as is very common here. In hindsight they found that it wasn’t all that difficult and it really isn’t, but it does have to happen and preferably before the insurance expires.

 

 

The holidays

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The December holidays are already far behind us but we were able to create some beautiful memories. We hope the girls enjoyed it so much they’ll remember it for a long time.

The Christmas celebration with all the girls, staff and their families, neighbors and friends and the girls who used to live with us and their families was amazing. The whole thing was organized by the staff and girls, who had lots of fun even while preparing. They decorated the yard and the big meeting room with the necessary lights, bought presents and wrapped them, sent out invitations, bought food and prepared it, practiced performance pieces, etc.

The party began with dinner out in the yard with plenty of time for people to mingle, talk with each other, and just generally enjoy each other’s company. After dinner everyone was called inside the meeting room to sing Christmas songs together, do the performance pieces, hear the Christmas story and receive presents. It was really a wonderful time.

On the 31st of December we celebrated new years eve as a family, all the girls and staff. Eating Thai barbecue together and playing games throughout the celebration, all the while looking back on a wonderful year. Everyone shared things they were thankful for and what they were looking forward to in 2020. After dinner the girls love to do karaoke, dance, and sing. The crazier, the better.

Great to leave the old year with so much fun and to start the new year together.

On behalf of all the girls and staff, we wish you a happy new year 2020!

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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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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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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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