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Tim’s volunteer report

2011-05-10 03:13 by Thomas

Tim’s volunteer report

I’ve made a visit to Ranong province and monitored the locals in providing possible assistance to children at the center. I have also met and discussed various issues over the developments of the children’s future. So far, the education of the children is at good status since they earned good grades in exams. Field visit this time has brought more mutual relationship between me, the leader as well as the children

I also spend quality times with the children in teaching English educational songs as well as playing games with them. Moreover, I also spend PE (Physical Education) time with them for good health. In the meantime this is to build both physical and mental refreshment. All children enjoyed singing with actions and I can see that they also learnt fast.

I traveled to Koh Payam Island as well, where I check on a existing water systems of the villagers. Many of them are relying on a single well for there daily needs. It was a good time for me to be there as I also had a chance to talk with villagers and encouraged them on different issues about life. The villagers include all ages, from elderly, youth and young children. We also bring some snacks and food for the children for their happiness. Our aim is to set up a self sufficiency in that area so that one day, they could stand on their own for their survival. .

Koh Payam IslandVillage in Koh Payam

Activities with the kidsConsulting leaders

BioSand Filter Installation in Phayao

2011-04-28 07:46 by Thomas

On Thursday, April 20, the Raintree team has made the second trip to Phayao for installing another 36 BioSand Filters. So far, 97 families have received such a filter and therefore don’t need to spend money on buying drinking water any longer.
In total, Rotary Club Coquitlam, Canada ( donated 127 units BioSand Filters. There will be one more trip to Phayao in May, to install the last 30 units.


Proud new BioSand Filter owners, Phayao

The proud new BioSandFilter Owners

Ram Pump installation Mae Hong Son (Part 1)

2011-04-28 02:36 by Thomas

Last Sunday a team of the Raintree Foundation went up to Mae Hong Son, where we’ve done a survey last month for the installation of a ram pump. In that area, where common power sources are rare, we want to implement the ram pump which operates without gasoline and/or electricity. We started with building the catchment for the supply pipeline which has to be strong and stable to withstand the heavy rainfalls and spring floods. Then a 4 inch PVC pipe was laid until we reached a height difference of 20 meters to ground level. That point was quite difficult because the measurements we did before with a GPS device and an altitude meter weren’t correct. Instead of the 20 meters needed so we just reached 15 meters. The solution was to go further down, a few hundred meters, to finally get the 20 meters needed, to pump the water 240 meters up to the village. It was quite exhausting because of the steep and slippery ground. It took us the whole week and a lot of teamwork to finish just the supply pipe. Probably next month we will go again and hopefully see the water pump working as planned with a steady water supply for the village.

Ram Pump Installation

Mae Hong Son


Community Training Completed

2011-01-26 06:18 by Matt Dennler

The topic's of the training included promoting healthy lifestyle, hygiene, family planning, financial management, solutions for all sorts of addictions and social problems. We trust that this knowledge will enable the community leaders to have a positive impact for the people they are working with. The community leaders are working mainly among seas gypsies villages in Ranong province, South Thailand. During the past year we already saw some positive results and we look forward to further help those communities. Since the Tsunami impacted the Moken people we could help them through child educational projects and are committed to further help them.

ECHO / Partner Workshop

2011-01-26 06:08 by Matt Dennler

Around 30 participants from Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Thailand came to learn and share about agricultural techniques. The team from Partners showed how to make compost with the help of rice brand and pigs. They showed how to grow Moringa and how to use it, how to grow mushrooms in the backyard, how to make soap, a lesson about fruit tree grafting and at least about Vermiculture which was held at Mae Jo University.

All topics were really interesting and practicable for the participants and  it wasn’t just theory what we’ve done because they have everything on their farm so we had to do things by ourselves too. The learning by doing practice was really exciting and gave us all a new perspective for upcoming projects and their use in the field.

The whole group was open-minded and we shared our experiences on several things we do or have done so far and it taught us how to implement the learned techniques in each specific area and surrounding. So after all we were packed with a lot of new ideas and solutions for future projects and farms. The ECHO team and the Partners team did a really great job and they are also willing to assist us in the future.


ECHO Workshop Mae Jo

New Website in January 2011

2011-01-10 07:08 by Matt Dennler

A brand new look !

The launch date of the new website will be around end of January 2011. A clear and easy navigation system will give an immediate overview of all written and displayed information ... every topic is only one click away !