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udon thani orphanage thailand
udon thani orphanage thailand
Why ever it may be, there was a blog titled the Udon Thani Orphanage that had a final post on October 23, 2010, with no indication that there was to be nothing more. An anonymous visitor left a comment this past August 21 (2012) asking a question that apparently will not be responded to. I can see that the “Eastlake Community Church” was behind the blog, but there isn’t the usual Blogger link to a profile of the blog owner. Its first post was on March 7, 2008, and there were another 27 posts that year. Most peculiarly, there was only one post in all of 2009.
The day after the blog was commenced, someone posted this at another blog called The Hostel Witness:
March 28, 2008
The Udon Thani Home for Girls, Udon Thani
I guess you could say that I’ve been putting off writing about my experience at the orphanage this week because its evolved to become one of the most intensely personal affairs I’ve ever been involved in. The stories are there, but until I can put them to words and have a better understanding of whats going on, I’m afraid the description is going to be a bit objective. The orphanage is home to over 250 girls, from newborns to 18 year olds, who have either lost their parents, were given up by their families, or can no longer be supported by relatives who may have taken them in. Of the 250, 20 are newborn babies and twice that number are pre-kindergarten. 23 of the girls are HIV positive (actually, found out its all full AIDS). The girls are free to stay at the orphanage until they finish high school – if they make it into a college, the orphanage allows them to stay on longer so they will have a place to sleep. Otherwise, there is nothing more they can do for them. The little ones have a good shot at being adopted, but there were some teenagers that had been there their entire life.
It was my understanding that upon arriving, I would be teaching English, but the truth of the matter is that all week I’ve just been in the playground, playing volleyball with the older girls, swinging around the younger ones, and reaching out to the quieter girls who sit on the edges of it all. There are about 30 of us in the group I traveled with here, all out of the Eastlake Community Church in Kirkland, and every morning we are mobbed by the kids as they see us pull into the parking lot. We’ve done some work laying dirt for some sod later on, some painting, cleaning – but the focus has been to interact with the children.
The tears can hit you at anytime: tickling a 5 year old, laughing, when the thought that they have no siblings or parents to do this for them hits you. Making a new friend and then realizing that the marks on her legs are cigarette burns from an abusive household. Meeting a girl with HIV…its so hot outside that the tears mix in with the sweat, so no one notices, and you just keep pushing on. And its funny with my half-Asian heritage, the girls think I look like a Korean pop star, so every morning I arrive to a little love note or a stuffed animal or even a sketch of me done the night before. That there is so much love here, in this dirty, isolated orphanage, is a testament to the spirit of the Thai people. I’m truly touched and humbled.
In a few days, we take a break and move on to Krabi for a bit of R&R. At that point, the church group will head home, but I’ll be coming back. Definitely. I just don’t see how i could possibly leave yet. The director has indicated that she is thinking about another role instead of teaching, which sounds promising, but more on that later.
Udon Thani itself is a pretty non-descript town. No major temples, no huge tourist attraction. The benefit of that though is you get to see a real part of Thailand. We took a tour of a school about two hours out of town and pulled into a little village that had never seen westerners before – so it is possible, even in Thailand, to find a new little corner to explore. And its in these corners that you see the true nature of the Thais. They are a lovely, gentle people. The group had arranged to donate some computer equipment and books to the local school and the entire village turned out to welcome us with food, dancers – the whole nine yards. It was incredible. They took us on a tour of their weaving facilities and showed us how they make silk in their traditional ways.
Its also in these small towns that you get an introduction to some local eating customs…namely fried beetles, boiled silkworms, and ant larvae salad. The beetles taste like peanuts, the ant larvae kind of like a lima bean, but the boiled silkworms I skipped. I was afraid that my stomach couldn’t handle it.
More to come – adventures in Thai massage, the Urinal incident, and what happens when someone (not me) orders sushi in Thailand.
Also…the Eastlake folks are running a blog just on the experience, which will provides a great context as to the daily life around here. Its being updated regularly and is the spot for what actually goes on around here on a day by day basis: http://udonthaniorphanage.blogspot.com/
ECC at the Udon Thani Orphanage
from EastLake Church 2009
I found another blog mentioned at a forum called More Udon Thani in a single July 10, 2011, post titled Udon Orphan Outreach. The blog — http://udonorphan.blogspot.com/ — seemed to be listed as the place to go for anyone interested in donating. However, it appears that the blog is not open to the public — I was greeted with this when I tried to access it:
This blog is open to invited readers only
It doesn’t look like you have been invited to read this blog. If you think this is a mistake, you might want to contact the blog author and request an invitation.
The Udon Orphan Outreach also has a Facebook presence…but again, the same inaccessible blog is listed as the contact.
Good luck with those donations!
Over at the UdonMap forum, a thread was begun on May 22, 2006, titled Udon Girls Orphanage. It proved to be extremely popular that year, running into 11 pages, with a final post on July 12 (2006) before falling into silence.
Udon thani Orphanage
Uploaded by expatudon08 on Nov 14, 2008
http://www.udonthani.co.uk/ I and family take a few things we collected in the UK to the orphanage in udon thani just before Christmas 2008
The weblink just above proved to no longer be valid, so I disabled it.
Somebody started what appeared to be a blog that was titled Thailand Orphanage 2011, but only one post was ever made.
There is an album of 174 photos at Flickr titled Udon Thani Home for Girls, Thailand:
items are from between 09 Aug 2007 & 26 Mar 2008.
More photos involving the same persons seem to be mixed into a number of Picasa albums collected together as Udon’s Gallery.
Girls home in Thailand 2 – P1270006
Uploaded by Mainer1945 on Apr 5, 2010
A party (video 1), water fight and BBQ at the girl’s home in Udon Thani, Thailand. April 5, 2010. Fun for all.
Some final references:
… to help the orphan boys in Isaan. This time they not only volunteered at the orphanage for boys but also gave gifts from friends and family to young girl’s living at an orphanage found near Udon Thani. Volunteers […] … Below you can read how they began their volunteering with the orphans while also helping their Thai hosts, Prayoon and Nalinrat, and other Mundo Exchange volunteers to learn more about their Irish culture and ways. Chock Dee Terry and Andrea …
Publish Date: 12/17/2009 2:54
Udon Thani! After a mammoth van drive from Chiang Mai, we arrived in Udon Thain at about 9pm on the 26th (Thai Time). On the long van ride, I had a chance to type up some more posts about our Chiang Mai experiences, and have uploaded those below. When we got in, we went out to dinner w/ Phatreeya and … Well today, we are off to the orphanage, followed by a day trip to Laos, and back to Udon for the night. Dat want’s to party with us tonight, and we just can’t …
Publish Date: 12/26/2008 17:10
This week, Thailand program manager Liz Richards and WACAP President and CEO Lillian Thogersen are travelling in Thailand to visit orphanages in Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Udon Thani, where they’re meeting with …
Publish Date: 02/29/2012 18:46
Each time we return, we are the recipients of recognition and appreciation for our years of work for Thai children. On this trip, we visited several orphanages in Bangkok, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani, gathering updated …
Publish Date: 03/07/2012 10:58
Udon Thani Orphanage Kids Blog … He has moved to Thailand and will be devoting himself 100% toward the orphans. … So, I hired him at $500 a month….this is almost twice the average a person makes in Thailand. He will …
Publish Date: 05/07/2011 13:07
Re: EastLake Thailand Mission Trip
Uploaded by 111chach on Apr 17, 2008
Jane will melt your heart, as she did all of us on this March 2008 trip to the Udon Thani, Thailand orphanage.
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