Here’s the final episode in what has been a long, busy trip to SE Asia this time.
Returning from Cambodia, I was met at the Bangkok airport my my good friend and colleague living in Thailand and Myanmar, Treasure Shine, Thailand Project Manager for Partners Asia, a US non-profit headquartered in Seattle and San Francisco.
Off we went, first by taxi, then by mini-van, and finally by motorbike taxi to the P Guest House in Sankhalaburi, located on the western Thai border with Myanmar.
Quite a nice place to stay. Here’s a couple of views from my room.
We got to spend a lot of time with the head monk, a man that Treasure tells me is quite difficult to see unless there is an invitation to visit him on his home turf. When traveling with his contingent of bodyguards he remains in close protection for the obvious reasons.
Here’s a couple of photos of the very large girls dormitory housing about 250 girls.
We were able to fund a small project to build a shelter alongside one length of the building to provide a cover so clothes can air dry. It’s hard to imagine getting clothes dry when it is raining most days during the several months of the rainy season.
After a visit with the head monk and several of his colleagues, we ventured out into the jungle see their work in a couple of the relatively nearby villages.
Earlier the first day I got to get a close look at the Mon Bridge, engineered and build by the local Mon community a long time ago. Pretty impressive project.
We also visited three other projects during this trip, one of which is a woman’s shelter in a very small village in Myanmar. They asked that I not post any pictures on the web, so I’ll just show you this one of the beautiful rainstorm we had during our time there. And, naturally, we were traveling on motorbikes so the rain gear came in most handy. Incidentally, the “bundle” in the middle of the picture is a baby in a swing, taking a nap, sleeping through it all.
I returned to Bangkok after two full, interesting and informative days in Sangkhalaburi and Myanmar. I’m headed back to the US on the 13th — tomorrow.
Life is good … at least it is for some of us. Others need a bit of assistance — and together we can provide that.