Happy New Year- สวัสดี ปี ใหม่
So much in such a relatively short period of time. On Jan 1, I left the shelter with Mickey, the Founder and another volunteer heading north. The intention was to make a stop in one of the Hill Tribes and interview a few girls for possible inclusion at the shelter as well as visit a few of the hot spots for sexual trafficking of children. Our first big event was when we spotted 2 Westerners (ex-pats) on the road with large backpacks asking a local for directions. The three of us looked at one another and discussed whether we should give them a ride? After passing them yet a 2nd time we did indeed extend an offer. Mind you we were way up North heading to a remote Yao village in DoiWawi, Thailand, West of Chiang Rai. Well, they hopped into the back seat and rather than purse their original plans after being dropped off at the wrong spot by the local bus they, Alan and Galey ended up spending the next 2 days with us as we made out way along the Thai/Myanmar /Laos borders. They were a great addition, both working for NGO’s (non-government organizations) out of Bangkok. Truly wonderful people and I think long term friends.
80 year old grandma
A very poor "Day Trader" coming from Myanmar
to Thailand to sell her goods
Thailand on the left, Myanmar on the right
One man carried his bicycle overhead
as he crossed the river and by-passed the
official border check.
Alan and Gelay wearing every stitch of clothing they had