Hello everyone! This is Felix writing!
I have been in Thailand for a few days now, as our organization is on the lookout to build a new school in the orange plantations in order to serve more Burmese refugees who are falling through the net of education.
Yesterday we drove more than 140km across Northwestern Thailand, roaming the area for a suitable place for a new school. Wilbert, who knows every spot and every rock in the area took us to some of the most remote villages around. However, many of the villages we visited were Lahu Hilltribe villages as opposed to Shan villages. Since the Lahu villages are already more integrated into the community and education is often provided for them by the government, we decided to concentrate our efforts exclusively on the Shan people.
However, I'd also like to notice that we saw a few locations, which, in the future could be a good fit to build an evening school, where the Lahu people can improve their Thai in order to better understand the lessons in public school.
Today we have an important meeting with the representative of the Shan people in the regional district office. Together with him, with Fred and the current teacher of the DayLight School, we hope to identify a location among the orange plantations that needs and wants a school in order to get as many Shan kids as possible into school.
Because everybody deserves a chance!
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