Yesterday we invited Gik & Guk to go with a few of us to a waterfall and help pick up some trash. It was a good opportunity to use our new van too!
Gik & Guk had never been to this waterfall before so they were really happy. They even enjoyed picking up the trash.
Also, when we got back, we noticed that Gik & Guk's Dad had cleaned up around the ILC and organized our storage room. Thanks, Veera!!
Awesome trip. Feel good after cleaned up the waterfall.
Feeling like we went to have fun and do good thing at the same time. We actually have a chance to feel that often. Thank you Guk and Gik and our volunteer Jordan.
Thanks Pk for drove us there and back safely. :)
I just wondered how many more years before Guk and Gik can be Isara interns? :) I know they are doing well in their studies. They are very smart young ladies! If anyone gets a chance, snap a few pics so we can keep up with them. They grow like weeds at this age and I miss their scowls when they'd see me with the camera. :D
Great news! This weekend Gik & Guk's family are moving into a new home!
While our volunteer Wes was here he said he wanted to help a Thai family so, of course, we immediately thought of Veerak and his children. After brain storming with Veerak for a while we decided that finding them a new home might be the best way to help his family at this point. The place where they have been living is basically just one small room and it's causing their three little girls to be sick a lot (when one gets sick they all get sick). We thought that if they had a bigger place it might allow them to spread their wings a little so that they can grow. Much like Isara did once we started renting the ILC.
Veerak said that he didn't want his children to have to help him collect trash to sell so we thought that if he had a home on a main road then he and his wife could use their new home as a work space too. They could open a restaurant or any other kind of business. After searching for just two hours Veerak found the perfect place. It's close to their school and it's also on a main road. It has PLENTY of space for everyone (four bedrooms!!) and there's even a balcony on the second floor.
Today Wes helped them put down the deposit and the first two month's rent ($230 total). That's right, less than $250 is all it took to make a huge difference in the lives of this family of five. Thank you, Wes.
I have never seen Veerak and his family this happy.
I remember the first day Gik and Guk came to Isara, I don't think either smiled that entire day, they were very shy and nervous. Seeing them and their family now over a year later smiling and doing well is very special.