Thank you Allan from North West Shelf Gas for the 15 laptops. They are now well used by the children at many hill tribe hostels. Thank you David for liaising with NWSG and Jarrad for all your work on reformatting the computers.

2017-02 Lahu children singing a song of thanks for the laptops 1    2017-02 Lahu children singing a song of thanks for the laptops 2

Lahu hill tribe children – grateful for the laptops

2017-02 Lahu children singing a song of thanks for the laptops 3  Lahu children singing a song of thanks for the laptops.

Lahu children singing a song of thanks for the laptops.

[February 2017]

Thank you Mrs Morag Ritchie and the Year 2's (2016) at Penrhos, Como for the two heavy duty washing machines. Perfect for a mob of 20+ hill tribe teenagers at Leadership Home, Chiang Dao, Northern Thailand. The people at Leadership Home watched a whole cycle of the washing machine – none of the students have washing machines in their villages! They had been washing their clothes when they bathed at the hot springs nearby.

2017-02 Thank you Morag and 2016 Year 2s at Penrhos College 1 "Dr Lorel Mayberry, President of Borderless Friendship WA putting on the first load of washing. The two new washing machines were a big surprise for the children. Wow – the clothes were so clean!"

 

Thank you also for the freezer. It will hold the meat from our farm - pork and chicken. The meat will then be safe for us to eat for months and months.

2017-02 Thank you Morag and 2016 Year 2s at Penrhos College 2   2017-02 Thank you Morag and 2016 Year 2s at Penrhos College 3

Soon there will be 25 young hill tribe people living at Leadership Home, so your hard work to raise this money was really appreciated. Please see more photos on our Facebook – Borderless Friendship Foundation.

Boi uija (THANK YOU in Lahu hill tribe language) 

[February 2017]

Peter Sim wrote …

Thanks again so much for making my recent trip to Northern Thailand so memorable. There were many highlights that I will always remember but the standout was meeting the ‘River Girls’ who are Lahu hill tribe people.

I heard about them through our Borderless Friendship Thailand President, Pramote Eua-amnuay, who despite his own privations, has mentored and assisted them to survive extraordinary difficult circumstances to get through school and avoid the fate of so many poor girls who are forced into prostitution.

My wife, Sheila, and I were given the wonderful opportunity to help them financially so they can complete their secondary school and university studies. The tacit understanding is that, on completion of their studies, they will contribute in some way to the welfare of their hill tribe people.

So it was with a sense of excitement and to an extent foreboding that I entered the very poor area on the Ping River, Chiang Mai, that is their neighbourhood. Despite the extreme poverty, the girls were all beautifully turned out and so welcoming! For me it was an emotional moment when we met for the first time (they have so little). Despite the language barrier we were soon chatting away.

We gave some practical gifts for which they were grateful, and we found ourselves face to face with the gritty reality of poverty.

None of these girls have more than one parent: typically one parent will have died of AIDS or be in prison on drug charges. For instance, one young woman is cared for by her devoted grandmother whose sole income is $10.00 a day working as a labourer on an industrial building site. Her mother is a drug addict and no one knows where her father is.

Strange to say, but walking through this riverside slum, full of children, dogs, roosters and dark corners, I never felt unsafe.

It was so sad when we had to say goodbye, but we keep in touch on line via ‘messenger’, which allows us to help the girls by correcting their written English.

The wonderful thing is that our modest investment has the potential to change the life of these girls and their dependants. I know with certainty, that, all our sponsorship money goes to the welfare of these girls with no so called ‘overhead’ deductions.

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out more about changing the life of a hill tribe child.

Check out our new gift cards ranging from as little as $5 to substantial amounts which will cover the cost of much needed items for the children. No matter the amount of your donation, we are extremely grateful for your support  as are the children.

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Give the Gift that keeps on Giving

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The 17 year old spacecab ute at Namee and Suwit’s hostel refuses to move! They are hoping for $5000 – as a deposit for a new/secondhand vehicle. They are the exceptional carers of 15 children at this hostel. No vehicle means no outings and makes shopping difficult.

Any donations towards a new secondhand vehicle would be much appreciated (target is $4-5000). Tax deductible donations are possible - go to the donate page of BFF http://borderlessfriendship.org/index.php/donate

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Interview

Click on the play button to listen to Dr Lorel Mayberry, President BFWA, speak with Jenny Seaton (Curtin FM). Lorel talks about her work, including the life-changing endeavours of BFWA.

 

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