Saturday morning ended with a visit to the Holy Infant School, run by four Dominican Sisters. Sister Marcellina from Argentina spent time showing us around the school, a fine building with extensive land around it. With Khom Loy foundation we are helping establish an extensive school garden. It is a happy home for 39 children. I am puzzled as to how a funder can discontinue support for any project which cares for children in continuing need, but then I am not in possession of the full facts. Sadly, I suspect, neither is Sr Marcellina.
Aftenoon and a quick but as always inspiring visit to the Mae Tao Clinic, where we met three children who had benefited from the money sent through us by Children of Crisis to the Burma Children Medical Fund. One girl had her life saved by a heart valve replacement, another little boy had been terribly burned in an accident, but is alive and healthy. There will be more about this in next week's enews, when I can give you photos. Techical issues dog our every step at present.
Thus to Hsa Mu Htaw, a favourite school, where we have been involved in mushrooms, lunches and now a 'vertical garden'. The reason for this call is an interview ith the school head, Daw Htet Htet Aung about the value of school lunches, which was duly given, but we have to promise to come back Sunday so that we can see the children dance. This is a promise easy to make. The interview will be included in a podcast in a couple of weeks.
Thus to Shway tha Zin, another school new to us where we are involved in a school vegetable garden, again with the extraordinary Khom Loy foundation.
The school boarding house is run by a monk of quiet but palpable authority. It turns out that for some years he has covered the running costs of the school from his considerable earnings as a reputable astrologer. Now the school is too big and outside help is required.
An amazing day, but more to follow.