Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Feung Fah

Hello from Thailand!

Over the last two days Carmen and I have spent our time at Feung Fah daycare.

Feung Fah is the government orphanage for younger children. Most children are left in wards all day. There are cots around the edges of the room with 2 or 3 kids each and mats on the ground in the middle where numerous children lay together. The centre is quite well equipped; but without volunteers and teachers from various charities, the children are left unstimulated.

CCD have built their own daycare centre on the Feung Fah grounds. Here they take a number of children and look after them for the day. Children are given plenty of food and are showered and changed. They do music, drawing, go to the sensory room and play outside.

Please support CCD and help them to give more children a better life!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Days at Rainbow

A week has flown by. It has been such a joy to get to know the children at Rainbow House and see God's work for those 'forgotten by society' in Thailand. God never forgets His children. This was really brought home when we heard stories of how the flooded river surrounded the areas around the orphanages in Pakkret but didn't touch those most vulnerable.

There is a lot to be thankful for! Please thank God for His work here in your prayers and ask that He may guide those at CCD.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
John 14:13

If you are interested in what CCD do or would like to help, please visit here.

Remember - God has blessed us all in different ways and everyone can help!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

This little piggy went to market...

This Saturday Carmen and I visited one of the world's biggest markets: Chatuchak!
Fresh tropical fruits, cheap trendy clothing, trinkets, animals - it has everything.

Below is a little taster video to give you an idea of what it's like!

Mel xo

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Moments at Rainbow House

Day two: Rainbow House

Over the next two weeks, Carmen and I will spend some time at Rainbow House. Opened in 1990, Rainbow House is home to more than 40 children, between 2 and 21 years of age. They all came from a government home and showed strong potential for independent or family living. So far, CCD have placed over 30 children in adoptive homes and have reunited 16 abandoned children with their families.

Disabled children in Thailand are abandoned for various reasons. Some parents are teenagers that cannot handle the responsibility; while other parents cannot afford to stay at home to look after them. Whatever the reason for their abandonment, CCD still believes it is beneficial for the children to know their birth families.

Sadly, we also learnt that a number of disabilities are due to botched abortions, using over-the-counter medication.

It is lovely to see how these children are stimulated and loved at Rainbow House. Below are a few precious snippets from our day. We hope you enjoy them and remember CCD in your prayers :)

Flood recovery and a home visit

Day one with CCD:

Community-based rehabilitation centre
Today we visited the community-based rehabilitation centre. It was a two-hour journey and along the way we saw a lot of flood-affected areas. This centre was flooded with about 2 metres of water. Thankfully, the staff managed to take all the equipment upstairs. The Thai are busy already making the place beautiful with lovely gardens. Next it needs a lick of paint. Although there is a lot of work ahead, they are very thankful to God that the centre can be saved and for the volunteers keen to help. Please keep this work in your prayers as well :)

Here is a little clip to show you the flood damage:

A home visit

As well as visiting the centre, we popped into a local's home to see how they were doing. CCD focuses on helping families look after their own special children, and in this case they wanted to see how a child and her grandmother were going with their new wheelchair!

If you would like to read more about CCD's work or donate to the worthy cause, visit their site here.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Travelling bug

I just thought I'd have a peek at my old blog and saw that it has been ONE YEAR since my big Europe trip! Truth be told, I have been travelling since then. I've been to Adelaide, Tassie, Sydney and Canberra and even got some snowboarding in! Still, I thought it was time I booked myself in for some more holidays ;)

Firstly, I get to go to Bali in 5 weeks- yay! I'm very excited to visit again and experience some more cult
ure. I can't wait to bask in the sun's rays...

Even more exciting is my big plan for January- to volunteer at the Christian Care Foundation for Children in Thailand! I'm very excited! I can't wait to take my first 'unselfish' trip and hope that there are more to come in the future!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The End

Well, that's the end of my blog!
Thank you if you were interested enough to have a browse every now and then.
I feel very blessed that I was able to see so much of different cultures and God's creation.
Sarah, you were an awesome travel mate and great friend!



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