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Shock Floods close CDC School!⤴

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If you’ve followed my blog of my trip to CDC School and Mae Sot this July, you will be as horrified as I am to see these photos. On Monday 29 July, the rainy season led to Mae Sot being flooded. The local Mae Tao Clinic that Maya Allen raised funds for was completely flooded and patients had to be quickly evacuated. Our Burmese and Karen friends are inspirational in their ability to find solutions to the most tragic of circumstances and made the decision to close CDC School to students and to move Mae Tao Clinic patients to CDC School. We can’t begin to imagine that happening in our schools can we?

Here you can see a classroom turned into a ward.  On the wall in the blue frame is the teatowel my school, Prestonpans Infants, gave to Say Hai, CDC Headteacher when she visited East Lothian.  I stood in this room a few weeks ago and gave the children letters from Campie pupils and helped children write letters back to Campie.

This wee baby had just been born in CDC kitchen which is now turned into a labour ward. Would we be so cheerful if we were in this family’s situation?

The corridor outside the classrooms is a place for patients to rest from their ordeal, as it continues to rain outside.

CDC boarding students, who have no permanent home themselves, help the relief effort.

Rice is stored in the assembly hall, which you can see just a few posts below.  It’s where CDC held an assembly to celebrate their link with Campie and to give me presents to take back to Campie and to my own school.  This rice enables 300 – 400 people to have 2 meals of rice a day.

If you can give a little to help Mae Tao Clinic recover their buildings and their medical supplies, you can donate on www.maetaoclinic.org. It’s so so sad for people who face unimaginable daily hardship on daily basis anyway.

Shock Floods close CDC School!⤴

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If you’ve followed my blog of my trip to CDC School and Mae Sot this July, you will be as horrified as I am to see these photos. On Monday 29 July, the rainy season led to Mae Sot being flooded. The local Mae Tao Clinic that Maya Allen raised funds for was completely flooded and patients had to be quickly evacuated. Our Burmese and Karen friends are inspirational in their ability to find solutions to the most tragic of circumstances and made the decision to close CDC School to students and to move Mae Tao Clinic patients to CDC School. We can’t begin to imagine that happening in our schools can we?

Here you can see a classroom turned into a ward.  On the wall in the blue frame is the teatowel my school, Prestonpans Infants, gave to Say Hai, CDC Headteacher when she visited East Lothian.  I stood in this room a few weeks ago and gave the children letters from Campie pupils and helped children write letters back to Campie.

This wee baby had just been born in CDC kitchen which is now turned into a labour ward. Would we be so cheerful if we were in this family’s situation?

The corridor outside the classrooms is a place for patients to rest from their ordeal, as it continues to rain outside.

CDC boarding students, who have no permanent home themselves, help the relief effort.

Rice is stored in the assembly hall, which you can see just a few posts below.  It’s where CDC held an assembly to celebrate their link with Campie and to give me presents to take back to Campie and to my own school.  This rice enables 300 – 400 people to have 2 meals of rice a day.

If you can give a little to help Mae Tao Clinic recover their buildings and their medical supplies, you can donate on www.maetaoclinic.org. It’s so so sad for people who face unimaginable daily hardship on daily basis anyway.

Last day in Mae Sot 2013⤴

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So finally our last day and we are invited to CDC School so they can say Farewell to us. Mahn Shwe Hni, the Headteacher, gave a heartwarming and kind speech celebrating the partnership between Campie and CDC. They were particularly grateful to the Campie students who wrote to Child’s Dream, asking them to rebuild the primary school. Once Mae Tao Clinic have written a 5 years plan, the hope is that the prinary school can be rebuilt. At the moment, all classes are squashed into 2/3 of the original buildings. Do they make a fuss? No, they just adapt and make the best of every situation. These resilient and gentle people have so much to teach us.

Some quite young students performed a Karen Traditional Dance for us with great joy and enthusiasm. You can see this via this link to You Tube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-3tH5cO-4I

CDC gave Campie this beautiful wallhanging embroidered by Say Hai’s boarding house girls. It’s a very precious gift for Campie. Kindly, CDC also gave Prestonpans Infants a lovely gift for the school too. Each child in Grades 1-6 received a letter from Campie this year and Grade 1 – 6 wrote cards for Campie children, which I am bringing back with me. Each teacher has written a letter to a Campie Teacher and they have also given a class photograph of each class to you.

Thank you CDC for your generosity in your difficult situation. We are honoured to be your friends.

There has been so much laughter this year so it’s fitting that our trip ended with a wee laugh as photos were still being taken but some of the line up thought it was all over and had begun to leave.

CDC – a school full of smiles. :)

Maya Allan’s donation to Mae Tao Clinic⤴

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Maya Allan organised and led a One World Night this year at Musselburgh Grammar School and raised £276 or 12,100 Thai Bahts for Mae Tao Clinic General Fund. I am handing this money to Mae Tao Clinic for Maya. Mao Tao Clinic deeply appreciate funds that are given to their General Fund as they can allocate this money wherever it is urgently needed. Most money they are given is tied to specific projects. Well done Maya. We are all grateful to you. As I came out the office, I saw a father proudly carrying his brand new daughter to register her. The baby was tiny, perfect and beautiful. Without Mae Tao Clinic’s agreement to register Burmese babies, that wee lass would have been another stateless child. Be proud Maya, be very proud.

Tuesday at the Border⤴

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The Thai Burma border on PhotoPeach

We walked from Hle Bee to the market to take a bus/songthaw to the River Moei at the border with Burma, by the Friendship Bridge to Myawaddy. The bus doesn’t go until it is full – can you imagine that in Port Seton? So a long wait in the very, very hot sun. 12 on the bus and I think it’s full – NO, the conductor manages to fit another 12 in, sitting at our feet on wee stools he whips out from under the seats and 6 hanging off a rail at the end. Scary stuff. It only costs 20 bahts (40p) and 8 minutes to get to the border, where we see a mobile ATM, so strange!

There is much less police activity and much less begging at the walkway by the river. A lot of traffic is travelling to and from Burma over the official Friendship Bridge which costs £12 (500 bahts). Most people though are travelling on the boats which is very cheap … and also illegal but overlooked by the authority usually.

A wee touch of shopping in the Market, a nice cool bottle of coke and back into the bus/songthaw home. This time only about 20 people travel, which is just as well as the toddler on his mum’s knee vomited in the middle of the bus! Great trip, great to chill with our friend Bobo.

Last day in Mae Sot 2013⤴

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So finally our last day and we are invited to CDC School so they can say Farewell to us. Mahn Shwe Hni, the Headteacher, gave a heartwarming and kind speech celebrating the partnership between Campie and CDC. They were particularly grateful to the Campie students who wrote to Child’s Dream, asking them to rebuild the primary school. Once Mae Tao Clinic have written a 5 years plan, the hope is that the prinary school can be rebuilt. At the moment, all classes are squashed into 2/3 of the original buildings. Do they make a fuss? No, they just adapt and make the best of every situation. These resilient and gentle people have so much to teach us.

Some quite young students performed a Karen Traditional Dance for us with great joy and enthusiasm. You can see this via this link to You Tube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-3tH5cO-4I

CDC gave Campie this beautiful wallhanging embroidered by Say Hai’s boarding house girls. It’s a very precious gift for Campie. Kindly, CDC also gave Prestonpans Infants a lovely gift for the school too. Each child in Grades 1-6 received a letter from Campie this year and Grade 1 – 6 wrote cards for Campie children, which I am bringing back with me. Each teacher has written a letter to a Campie Teacher and they have also given a class photograph of each class to you.

Thank you CDC for your generosity in your difficult situation. We are honoured to be your friends.

There has been so much laughter this year so it’s fitting that our trip ended with a wee laugh as photos were still being taken but some of the line up thought it was all over and had begun to leave.

CDC – a school full of smiles. :)

Maya Allan’s donation to Mae Tao Clinic⤴

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Maya Allan organised and led a One World Night this year at Musselburgh Grammar School and raised £276 or 12,100 Thai Bahts for Mae Tao Clinic General Fund. I am handing this money to Mae Tao Clinic for Maya. Mao Tao Clinic deeply appreciate funds that are given to their General Fund as they can allocate this money wherever it is urgently needed. Most money they are given is tied to specific projects. Well done Maya. We are all grateful to you. As I came out the office, I saw a father proudly carrying his brand new daughter to register her. The baby was tiny, perfect and beautiful. Without Mae Tao Clinic’s agreement to register Burmese babies, that wee lass would have been another stateless child. Be proud Maya, be very proud.

Tuesday at the Border⤴

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The Thai Burma border on PhotoPeach

We walked from Hle Bee to the market to take a bus/songthaw to the River Moei at the border with Burma, by the Friendship Bridge to Myawaddy. The bus doesn’t go until it is full – can you imagine that in Port Seton? So a long wait in the very, very hot sun. 12 on the bus and I think it’s full – NO, the conductor manages to fit another 12 in, sitting at our feet on wee stools he whips out from under the seats and 6 hanging off a rail at the end. Scary stuff. It only costs 20 bahts (40p) and 8 minutes to get to the border, where we see a mobile ATM, so strange!

There is much less police activity and much less begging at the walkway by the river. A lot of traffic is travelling to and from Burma over the official Friendship Bridge which costs £12 (500 bahts). Most people though are travelling on the boats which is very cheap … and also illegal but overlooked by the authority usually.

A wee touch of shopping in the Market, a nice cool bottle of coke and back into the bus/songthaw home. This time only about 20 people travel, which is just as well as the toddler on his mum’s knee vomited in the middle of the bus! Great trip, great to chill with our friend Bobo.

Visiting Hle Bee – like coming home!⤴

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We began the day with breakfast at the cafe by DK, where the Hindu owner had put an offering of fried egg on toast and tea out at her wee shrine. As we were eating, a mangy dog sneaked up and grabbed the fried egg. I shouted to her but she said, ‘Maybe the dog is hungry. It’s OK.’ A lesson in Hinduism for me… and a good meal for the mangy dog!

Our dear friend Bobo had taken Tuesday off to be with us so we decided to give our bikes a rest and get the tuk tuk to Hle Bee School to visit our friends there. Geoff and I first came here on our own in 2006 and Bobo has always been there helping us. In 2006 Bobo was an art teacher at Hle Bee School and so that first year we worked very closely together. It was great to be going to our first Mae Sot ‘home’ with Bobo. As soon as we walked in the students began to sing the handwashing song. They remember it after 6 years when we learnt it with Teacher Fiona Vacher from Forthview. If you want to see the children sing on You Tube, go to http://youtube.com/watch?v=EAXooLPH3c

And the Burmese version of the song is even better on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCltcsAMrR4

Going home to Hle Bee on PhotoPeach

Here is a slideshow of Hle Bee now 7 years later. Thanks to the great efforts of their patron, Dr Elizabetta, who found a kind donor to support the school, the school is in a strong position and Headteacher Thazin looked really well and strong and happy.

Amazing wee school with totally dedicated staff who serve and love these children year in and year out.

Visiting Hle Bee – like coming home!⤴

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We began the day with breakfast at the cafe by DK, where the Hindu owner had put an offering of fried egg on toast and tea out at her wee shrine. As we were eating, a mangy dog sneaked up and grabbed the fried egg. I shouted to her but she said, ‘Maybe the dog is hungry. It’s OK.’ A lesson in Hinduism for me… and a good meal for the mangy dog!

Our dear friend Bobo had taken Tuesday off to be with us so we decided to give our bikes a rest and get the tuk tuk to Hle Bee School to visit our friends there. Geoff and I first came here on our own in 2006 and Bobo has always been there helping us. In 2006 Bobo was an art teacher at Hle Bee School and so that first year we worked very closely together. It was great to be going to our first Mae Sot ‘home’ with Bobo. As soon as we walked in the students began to sing the handwashing song. They remember it after 6 years when we learnt it with Teacher Fiona Vacher from Forthview. If you want to see the children sing on You Tube, go to http://youtube.com/watch?v=EAXooLPH3c

And the Burmese version of the song is even better on

Going home to Hle Bee on PhotoPeach

Here is a slideshow of Hle Bee now 7 years later. Thanks to the great efforts of their patron, Dr Elizabetta, who found a kind donor to support the school, the school is in a strong position and Headteacher Thazin looked really well and strong and happy.

Amazing wee school with totally dedicated staff who serve and love these children year in and year out.