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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

2016-12-24 12:35 by Thomas

 

... warm clothing and a warming cap.

2016-12-23 09:14 by Thomas

After our children in the mountains have written their wish list almost identically with the desire for warm clothing, we can show you the photos of the Christmas celebration today. The Christ Child seems to have fulfilled all the wishes and has added some warm socks. ;-)

The kids had a great Christmas party. Our office team from Chiang Mai came with nice support! A foster parent baked delicious pancakes for the kids, the GESINAS Foundation helped to give the presents and then again this year there was a special visit: Helmut and Uli. Helmut has been coming to our children's home Mae Hae every year for the Christmas season for several years now and has improved the situation in the home with self-collected donations. He built a new kitchen, renovated the washrooms, beautified the children's bedrooms ... no matter what Helmut tackles: it runs! Therefore we thank you and your wife, and, of course, the whole donors who have supported the project "Helmut and Uli" for years.

Thank you all for making the Christmas party unforgettable for the children!

 

"I wish .....

2016-12-13 16:14 by Thomas

... I could get warm clothes and a warming cap."
Our children in the mountains have already prepared their Christmas wish list. The desire for warm clothes can be found on almost every piece of paper, because the nights in the mountains can become bitterly cold. The temperatures go down to about 5°C and it is important that the children are dressed warmly.
Let's see if the Christ Child fulfills their wishes this year. ;-)

1st price at the special skill school competition

2016-11-23 08:24 by Thomas

We are so proud!

One of the foster children we take care of won the first price in a school competition together with her team. The competition took place for the whole Mae Hong Son province where hundreds of students have been evaluated for their special skills. Sirilak and her team won the first price for the special handicraft and embroidery skills of traditional Karen Hilltribe clothing as well as pillow covers, tablecloth, aprons and much more. We are glad to see our children taking their own steps towards a better future. 

If you also want to know more about our foundation and what we do please don’t hesitate to contact us!

For English www.raintree-foundation.org and for German www.thaicare.de and please LIKE our pages on FaceBook

 

New second hand eye glasses

2016-09-28 08:41 by Thomas

Thanks a lot to Trixy and Ian who visited us the second time and hand carried used second hand eye glasses to donate them to people in need. This time they brought one pair of special eye glasses from a 3 year old boy called Henry which we hope to find a new face for Henry’s eye glasses. Even a small contribution can make a big impact for others. Thanks to all who support us and help us to improve people’s lives.

 

Rainy Season

2016-09-14 15:57 by Thomas

Unstoppable !!!
Even in the rainy season, our staff is always on the move.

Grow vegetables in an aquaponic system

2016-08-31 11:43 by Thomas

Beside taking care of children in need and installing BioSand drinking water filters we are trying to improve also farming and agricultural techniques. We had learned a lot over the past years and set up a system before and now we did install another “aquaponic” system in our children’s home. What is aquaponic? Simply said, a mix of aquaculture (rising fish) and hydroponics (grow vegetables without soil). The fish waste contends organic nutrition’s for the vegetable and they therefore clean/filter the water which is circulated back to the pond. For more details check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaponics

We have used our existing fish pond with several hundred of catfish and pump twice a day nutrition rich water into a “simulated” natural pond. From there small pipelines divert the water into half barrels where gravel is used as grow media. The roots grab the gravel and the fish water flushed through. The plants get nutrition’s and grow happily. The children’s home is on a plot of land with limited space and we used a corner where only rocky and hard ground makes it almost impossible to grow any vegetable.

The system isn’t ready yet but we are looking forward to its full production to give the children healthy and fresh produce but also showing them ways of growing vegetables other than in soil. To know more about our work and for more info, have a look at our FB and webpage, www.raintree-foundation.org

 

Mother's Day in Thailand

2016-08-19 15:18 by Thomas

The 12th August is celebrated as the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. As the Queen is also regarded as mother to all Thai people, this day is also celebrated as Mother's Day. The children in our different projects celebrated Mother’s Day as well. They did different handicrafts at school and drew pictures for their mothers to give it to them. It’s Thai tradition that children kneel down at their mother’s feet, paying respect to their mothers for everything they have done for them. They present their mother with white jasmine flowers or garlands, in return, the mothers shower their blessing on the children. 

 

Dental check up for the kids in the mountains

2016-08-05 13:12 by Thomas

We want to say thank you to Céline, Marielle and Liza, three dental students from the University of Bordeaux in France. They offered to teach the children in the mountains dental hygiene, how to properly brush their teeth and did a brief check on the actual situation. We were so glad to have the local schools involved as well and nearly 300 children had a dental check up last week. Thank you for your dedication, time and efforts to improve the lives of those children who have mostly no chance to see a dentist at all.

 

Annual Report 2015

2016-06-08 11:19 by Thomas

Our Annual Report 2015