Over the month of June, we received a great number of donations ranging from clothing to school supplies and small household items to be gifted to the people of a remote Karen hill tribe village.
So in the early hours of Friday morning, the 4WD was loaded with the donations and our team set off for the day in the direction of Mae Sariang on the border to Myanmar in Mae Hong Son province. After 3.5 hours driving the winding mountain road before riding the rugged dirt trail we finally reached Mae Lid village nestled between mountains and picturesque rice terraces.
Mae Lid is the largest of the villages in the area and offers a school for children from the fifteen surrounding villages. The 325 school children range from 3 to 15 years old, many of whom walk multiple kilometers to get to school every day. Upon arrival, school children and staff greeted us with humble wai’s and showed us around the school before helping to unload the truck. From the school, children could return home to the various villages of the area with donations for their families.
On this particular day, older students were wearing scouts uniforms to commemorate the anniversary of scouting in Thailand; however they usually wear traditional woven tunics.
Karen people are of Sino-Tibetan origin who reside mainly in Burma with a large number migrating to Thailand over the last 200 years. They are particularly skilled in rice cultivation, elephant training, weaving and other handcrafts. There are many isolated Karen villages located in Northern Thailand so here at Active Thailand we like to give back to those more disadvantaged communities residing in our “backyard”.
Thank you to all those who donated:
- Leoni Van Leeuwen
- Ei Lin
- Prai Fon
- Donjit Chinjai
- Michelle Weerasirie
- Ina Solum
- Mana Takai
- Carolyn Horner
- Chantal Delsart