Kru (ครู – teacher) Somsak is a 53 year old teacher from Sanglkaburi, Kanchanaburi on the Thai/Burma border who has fallen ill on a recent trip to a local village. He is of Karen ethnicity living in Thailand due to the ongoing conflicts in Burma/Myanmar. Doctors initially thought he had consumed unclean water which made him sick. He was taken to Sangklaburi hospital where they made the assessment that they could not care for him there with their facilities. He has now been sent to Kanchanburi hospital (4 hours away) where he was put into ICU for further tests and high level care.
We first met Nong Jen in Sangklaburi in 2014, she lives with her mother and father in a small run down bamboo house on borrowed land not so far from the town. They had no electricity or running water at this time. Her family are Karen and living in Thailand with no identification. Her father does some teaching for the local school to make just enough money to provide for the family.
Echo International Aid held another pop-up bar on Friday 18 November 2016 at the Brunswick Town Hall. The event raised funds to build an earthquake-proof school for EDUC in Kathmandu, Nepal. The night brought DJs, live music and dancing, together with a pop-up burger bar and bar, all for a great cause!
Fred and Jeremi took a field trip to the Thai/Burma border this month, to check on the progress of projects in the area. On the agenda was having a look at the school library now under construction, and they wanted to catch up with some of the local beneficiaries. Things took an unexpected turn when a sick child needed hospital care, but thanks to the support of our followers, help wasn’t far away. Read More
Echo International Aid’s A-Team Fred and Jeremi recently took a trip to a village over the border in Burma (Myanmaar) to check out work on the new school library. We are thrilled to bring you this vision to show the construction of the library is well underway. This project was partly funded by the huge party we threw at the Old Melbourne Goal in July, and we’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved. Your generosity is changing the world.
This joint project between Genesis Network, Kidlaunch and Echo to build a library on the Burmese side of the border has a $20,000 AUD budget of which half was raised in Australia. This library will serve not only as a functional building in addition to the existing school but also as a monument of progress for this village where aid simply does not normally reach. These villages are often overlooked by the mainstream aid, or are not accessible leaving these people to fend for themselves.
Keep reading our blog for more videos from this recent expedition.
Kong Dee is now in his 3rd year of university in Knachanaburi city 5 hours from his home town in Kongmonta. He returns home as often as his studies permits to spend time in the Karen village where his family still live. His father is well known locally as a leader and teacher for traditional Karen music and dance.