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Published: November 26th 2014
Fun in the sand pile
The 5 loads of snd which have been delivered have been great fun for the kids
Today is Monday and this will be our last day at Future Light before we leave for Bangkok first thing tomorrow morning to return our rental vehicle and spend a few days at the beach before we leave Thailand. We have been here for 5 days and have accomplished a lot on this trip. Goin and I spent about an hour this morning reviewing the progress of the work and planning for the expenses to complete the projects.
We determined that the skilled tradesman and his helper would need about three weeks to complete the tiling, grouting, parging of a few concrete walls in two interior rooms, repairs to the two toilets and repairs to the two shower rooms. Additional materials would also be required to finish up the work. I provided Goin with the necessary funding in cash plus a little extra for contingencies. Both he and Ita are so very pleased with everything we have been able to accomplish. Over the past few days and can't remember how many times they repeated the words "thank you so much". They recognize that there are many people in Canada that have made a financial contribution to this years
projects and they extend their appreciation to each and everyone of you. There is still a little money left in the account for future funding and I will send that along to Goin later. He plans to send along pictures from his smartphone as the work progresses. He is an excellent project manager and is very excited about getting the work completed.
There is also a group of people in England coordinated by a young woman named Natasha Whiting who provide regular funding for rice and other food. I have never met her personally but I do communicate with her periodically. Many thanks to her for her work as well. The illegal migrants from Burma have more opportunities to find some work in Thailand but the are here illegally. As a result they are willing to accept much lower wages than local Thai workers. I have also heard that they often have to pay off the police in order for them to stay in Thailand. Very sad situation for these people.
This has been a very rewarding mission for Ted and I. We will never foget those smiling faces from these children who have
Floor nearing completion
Today 2 additional Burmese hired men arrived as the kids are back to school today.
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