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The final wrap on another amazing chapter in the life of Hill Tribe Hope

The storage capacity for clean water just shot up from 12000 litres to 24,000 litres last week thanks to the team from Mt Albert Baptist and Botany Life at the village of Krae maw Kee. Also when the rains come in June the kids will have dry feet as a footpath now surrounds the two classrooms on all 4 sides. The school continues to grow and is looking to add more teachers in the near future....

February 28, 2016

A Few More Photos From Krae Maw Kee

The Krey mau Kee team did not have as much cellphone coverage as those in Kraw lor Blur - so here's a few snaps to catch you up on the Krey mau Kee team's adventures!...

February 25, 2016

Last Day

Final day and last blog in Thailand! Today some of the team hit the local food and flower market at 5:30am and ended the day with the whole team enjoying a large cultural dinner sitting cross legged around lowered round tables. A tourist day mixed with some debriefing and a very encouraging story from Mike Mann on the history of ITDP. Ask the team to share it with you. Not a lot to post as many of the team have been social media-ing all of you over the past 24 hours. So see you all in the NZ fro...

February 25, 2016

Ma oh Jo

Before heading back to Chiangmai the team stopped at Ma oh Jo, a nearby village that IDTP had previously visited and developed sanitation and education. Here is what the team thought: "Ma oh Jo gave us an amazing look as to what Klaw law blur and Krey mau Kee may become in the future". For more information about ITDP go to: www.itdpinternational.org Check out the photos of Mo oh Jo below!...

February 24, 2016

The Missing Blog from Day 6

Day two in Klaw law Blur, although there were no dog fights last night we got the usual wake up at 4AM from the lovely Mr Rooster, we are slowly getting into the routine of village life. Although there is still a language barrier we seem to be communicating better, and the villagers seem more at peace with us integrating into their community. ...

February 23, 2016

Day Eleven

Our final full day in the village before an early start tomorrow back to Chiangmai via Mo oh Jo to see the school there. Both teams completed their projects and both schools were presented with their Truthfinders (CBCs kids club) gifts and book. We also shared the story of Jesus dying for us because he loves us at the school. This morning was a special day for Kraw law Blur school - the first time they have raised the Thai flag to the singing of the anthem. The new tank at Krey mo Kee and both ...

February 23, 2016

Day Ten

Sunday and a time to rest in both villages. Also God had a message of His great love for both villages and so sent ITDP worker Somsak to Krey mau Kee and Campbell from CBC to Kraw law Blur and without either having seen the other since CBC's first visit to Thailand in 2009 they both brought the message of the Father who received the long lost son with open arms from Luke 15. I guess the message of God's great love is for people of all lands and languages. Our heavenly Father is waiting for our r...

February 22, 2016

Day Nine

Campbell here for day 4 at Klaw law Blur. More play area cleared around the school, a front door fitted to the kitchen and a concrete slab mixed by hand for the school water tank (plastic 2000 litres). But kids stole the show today and late last night... Nong had dozens of kids making long rubber band skipping ropes as the sun went down last night. I then had a mini concert full of laughs at my hosts house as the dad, Paboo, his son and three friends danced to the strobe lighting of my head lamp...

February 21, 2016

Day Eight

Mike Taylor here on the blog. It's been almost 4 years since I first arrived in Kraw lor Blur and I can say it's same same but very different. The water is being well used and it was so good to see the school finished. A new teacher arrived yesterday and it's school as usual today. it was great to catch with the guys from ITDP, some old friends and quite a few new ones. The team has bonded very well and we had a great day today clearing the ground at the school ready for some new climbing frame...

February 20, 2016

Day Seven

Day one at Kray mo Kee saw the Mt Albert and Botany crew kickstart at 6AM mixing concrete and pouring the second ring in the earlier prepped foundation first ring for a second water tank above the school. This should bring the total storage capacity to 25,000 litres which will help in the dry season. Some of the team helped with some toilet construction and creating an extension to the path alongside the school building. A very solid first day but 'all is good'. Day 2 at Krey mo Kee 6AM start a...

February 19, 2016

Day Six

The main mission for today was to lay dome water pipes for the new kitchen beside the school building (the teacher will cook lunch for the kids each day of school), and to construct a fence around the school (to keep out the animals so they can have a veggie garden and clean okay area). Three of our ladies split off to dig trenches for the pipes while the others headed off to the bush to cut down trees for the fence. It didn't take long for the locals to take notice and they got stuck into wor...

February 18, 2016

Day Five

Tuesday 16th Feb saw the team leave Chiangmai and head to the hills. The Waipuk team saw it this way: The IDTP trucks arrive at the Hotel to load up and the Dakar rally begins. A 10 hour journey including a meal stop and several stock-ups of supplies. Impressive concrete highways from Chiangmai gave way to the hill country steep and red dirt roads scored out by rainfall. Plenty of dust for those sitting in open backs of one ute. The local government are putting concrete sections of road where mo...

February 17, 2016

Day Four

The BotanyLife crew signing on to the Hill Tribe Hope blog today. The team's last day in Bangkok was spent visiting Rahab, in the infamous Patpong region. For those unfamiliar with the organisation, Rahab works with ladies who are in prostitution by providing support (spiritual and mental), and offering jobs outside of the trade for those who want to earn through different means. The opportunities offered by Rahab include jewellery making, hair dressing or more recently running a laundromat ser...

February 16, 2016

Day Three

Campbell here checking on in. We have had our second full day in Bangkok and getting itchy feet to get up to Chiangmai and out to the villages. But the visit here has been great to adjust to the sticky heat, Timezone and become a family rather than just a team. Today we ventured out to a massive market in the morning and then went our separate ways in the arvo to explore the city. Some viewed the beautiful royal palace where they had to toe the line with protocol and attire to the letter of the ...

February 14, 2016

Day Two

The flight touched down in Bangkok at 5am NZ time with a fairly shattered but excited Hill Tribe Hope team on board. The team is now straight into orientation perfecting their wai's (Thai greeting gesture consisting of a slight bow with palms pressed together), their "sa wad dee ka/krap"s and getting a crash course on cross-culture. The team will be spending two days in Bangkok before heading to their final destination - Krey Mo Kee....

February 13, 2016

D-Day

After a short prayer session with friends and family the team headed through the gates and at 2:50PM took off from Auckland airport for a 12 hour long flight destined for Thailand! Remember to keep these guys in your prayers over the next two weeks and keep tuned in to the blog for more updates!...

February 12, 2016

Meet the Team

With only three says to go until the team head off to Thailand - it is about time we introduce you all to the Hill Tribe Hope Thailand Team for 2016!...

February 9, 2016

2016 Thailand Team Training Day

With only 8 days to go the 2015 Hill Tribe Hope Thailand Team for 2016 are almost set for takeoff! Four churches have combined to make one big team who have been in full preparation since November - check out some of their team-building adventures below. The team will be travelling to Hill Tribe Krey Mo Kee to extend the preschool and to further develop sanitation in this place. This blog will be live throughout their travels with daily updates about the team, the village and the project...

February 4, 2016

MORE FINAL DAY MUSSINGS

Hello from a tired but enthusiastic team back in Chiang Mai! The trip back yesterday was hot and dusty (no rain throughout our whole trip!). Some of us had to reapply sunscreen numerous times in the back of the utes but we had a ball! All safe, lots of memories and photos which we will share with you all soon. The past couple of days have been special - and emotional for many - as we shared our culture, embraced the Karen culture and finally said goodbye. The school in Kraw Lor Bur is looking gr...

February 25, 2014

FINAL DAY - ready to fly home already

From Julz: Hey friends and fams we've had the best week in the village!! Felt like the time flew!! Alive and back from the beautiful jungle . Glad to b out but sad to leave our new friends:((( .best experience ever!!!!!!! Lookjng ford to the showerrrrrrrrrr xxoo We completed the school and water system .what an awesome feeling knowing it is all nearly ready to roll!!!! Weve met so many awesome people on our travels , shared laughs and tears . Yet again fell in love with the villagers . Feelin...

February 25, 2014

DAY EIGHT - news from Kraw lor Bur

So far all is going well (other than the few sick from the waipukurau) On the school building site, progress is really sailing ahead, with the start of concrete already down, and the framework almost up. We are ahead of schedule , especially with a lot of the villagers helping out each day. The children's program we are running is such a hit in Kraw Lor Bur, the kids love us! We are building such an amazing relationship with the kids as young as 2 years old. The face paint was a real success ! ...

February 21, 2014

DAY SEVEN - the hills are alive with the crowing of roosters!

The roosters were very much alive this morning. Layer 3 of the water tank was completed by 8 which was nice. News from Kraw Lur Bur is that still a bit of sickness hanging around. Poor George been very under the weather, but good to hear most of the others are right. After breakfast it is more concrete for the filter tank, and then some brick laying while a few others are in the mud, cleaning up the water source. The morning got a bit slow for a moment as the tiredness kicked in, but it came rig...

February 20, 2014

DAY SIX - feeling well-worked but great!

So we've just finished dinner in Krey Mo Kee after our first day of hard work on the water and school building projects. Feeling well-worked but great! Word on the street is a bit of sickness in Kraw Lur Bur (Waipuk) but all well here, thinking of those that are unwell and thankful to have full health on this mountain top! We are all bonding well with our host families with smiles and broken conversations exchanged loving every minute of getting to know this beautiful community. Progress today ...

February 19, 2014

DAY FIVE - truly in the HILLS

Just a quick note - were well & truly in the hills!!! A long day of driving and a few stops for supplies but the Waipuk 11 were successfully welcomed at Kraw Lor Bur and Cbc/Mab 8 (incl Kevin ) were welcomed at Krey Mo Kee! For Brendon and Kevin, it was nice to see lots of familiar faces. We've got our work cut out...first concrete tank pour at 6:30am before breakfast then school building in the afternoon! Waipuk will be clearing land for the school building! Until next time.......

February 18, 2014

And they're OFF to the BUSH

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