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Visiting our little Compassion Girl

I've been waking so early – always around 5 am and it’s pitch black outside. Doesn’t get light till 7 am. We requested an early breakfast at 6.45 am and had fruit and toast. Picked up at 7 am for our big day. Our translator was Tuinan (aged 34) and we had a driver (Tuluk). Our car was a duel cab ute. We had a 220 km drive and it ended up taking 4-1/2 hours. It became very mountainous with very windy roads. It changed from sparsely forested to very thick and we followed the river and drove past Obluang National Park which has a mini grand canyon gorge. The higher we got the villages changed and their style of clothes was very bright and more traditional. The houses were wooden houses on stilts. Everywhere you go they have markets and are cooking from stalls (even in the middle of nowhere). They spend a lot of time sitting around. I love it that life is out on the streets and they are always socializing with each other. Driving is always interesting – sometimes overtaking in the middle of the road with cars coming the other way and always overtaking on bends in the road! Driving around all these bends Nathan was soon feeling sick. He had been wearing the bands and I gave him a travel sickness tablet. We moved him to the front but by the time we reached Mae Sariang he lost the contents of his stomach, but started to feel better.

Mae Lanoi was ½ hour north of Mae Sariang. We first went to the local church that Compassion works through and met the Pastors. They then took us to a restaurant (hut with leaf roof) to meet Kam as she had been picked up from school. She was so adorable in her school uniform – blue skirt, white shirt and thongs, hair cut in a bob and pinned back. She gave us a hello Wai and was very shy. We asked her questions through the translator. She is an only child. She walks to school and loves school. She goes after school to the church to learn on the computer. She doesn’t like sport. There were 9 of us for lunch. We had rice, tom yum (fish), whole baked fish and veggies. She asked us some questions through the translator and said she wants us to visit every month. Lunch cost me 315 B for 9 people - $11!!

Next we hopped in the car and Kam joined us and we drove to her home and village. It had a little Catholic church. She ran ahead very excited to show us her home. Her Mum was there. She is 29 and her name is Nippo. Their home was wooden with bamboo walls. We left our shoes at the door and walked in this small room empty except for a fridge. There was another door at the end which was a bathroom. To the left were stairs to another small room empty except for a TV. A door off that led to their bedroom. There was a big mattress on the floor which Mum, Dad and Kam all slept on. The house was very clean and tidy – just spartan.. We sat on the floor of the room with the TV and gave them their gifts. Kam was so cute and did a big Wai after every gift. Her favourite gifts were the beanie made by great Grandma, shell necklace and a Chinese fan. She wore all these. Her mother gave us gifts – traditional shirts and some material she was making into a skirt. She gave me this because I commented on her nice skirt. I felt so bad that she gave it to me. Then her Dad arrived home and he was even more shy.

The kitchen was a little room off to the side with an uneven bamboo floor with some pots in the corner. They cook by gas. Underneath that was a hose where they wash the dishes and clothes. There was a Sky dish outside their house for the village. Ironic to have TV with such poverty. There was a pig in a pen and skinniest pig you’ve ever seen. Chickens ran around everywhere. We said goodbye to the parents and then drove to her school. She was so excited and all these cute little kids hung out the window to see us. We went to her class and met her teacher (who looked about 16!) There were about 12 in her class. We hugged goodbye and set off home. Nathan slept most of the way after he stocked up on food at the servo. Chips were 10B, coke 15B and Mars bar 20B. We arrived back at 6.30 pm. I paid for petrol 1331B ($43), paid the driver 500B ($17) and 900B for vehicle ($31). We caught a tuk tuk to the night bazaar for dinner. Nathan had a burger and fries 150B ($5.10) and I had Fried Rice 50B ($1.70). We had a ½ hour foot massage for 50B each and then caught a tuk tuk home. Had such a great day.

Burmese style Temple

Burmese style Temple


Meeting the Compassion Project Leaders

Meeting the Compassion Project Leaders


Nathan & Kam

Nathan & Kam


Lunch with Kam & Project Leaders

Lunch with Kam & Project Leaders


Kam

Kam


Outside the restaurant

Outside the restaurant


At Kam's home

At Kam's home


Kam loved her beanie & shell necklace

Kam loved her beanie & shell necklace


Nath in our gifts from their family

Nath in our gifts from their family


Mum & Kam in the kitchen

Mum & Kam in the kitchen


Mum, Dad & Kam outside their home

Mum, Dad & Kam outside their home


Outside their home

Outside their home


Nath & Kam

Nath & Kam


Kam's school

Kam's school


A little cutie

A little cutie


Kam's class

Kam's class


School yard

School yard


Next to the school

Next to the school


Our Hired car

Our Hired car

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Thailand

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