As we wrote in late August, Sister Sandar, was called back to Myanmar and assigned a new project helping in a very poor village. In a recent phone call with her, she comments how ‘rich we are in Phuket.’ We are fortunate to have a large population of caring expats and tourists who wish to help.
Sister Sandar is presently establishing a nursery now supporting more than 60 youngsters between the ages of 2 and 5 years. She is roughly a 3 or 4 hour drive north of Chiang Rai outside of a town called Tachleik. ‘They are very poor and need warm clothing’ as the weather is much colder than we have in Phuket. For our nursery, ‘we need everything.’ The average salary for a teacher in the area is equivalent to 2500 baht per month.
To help bring a small bit of Christmas cheer, a few small packages of warm and colorful socks (180 pairs) were shipped along with some cash donations and used clothing. I confirmed with Sister yesterday that the packages and money had arrived safely. Not to be confused, apparently the currency accepted in this area of Burma is the Thai baht.
Should you wish to help Sister Sandar, care packages can be sent to the following address:Sandar Aye – Good Shepherd Sisters c/o Marie Tolbot, Thong Tavee Jade Factory 17-17/1 Pahoyothin Road, Maesi Chien Rai, 57130, Thailand.
For more information, you can contact me @ 08 7265 7770 or Karen_Ellison@Hotmail.com …. I’m promised a phone call on Christmas morning and to me, this is what the holiday season is all about.