Lots more visitors, Completed Projects..and a New Start for So Many

No sooner had our wonderful visitors from the Rotary Club of Toronto Twilight left, our wonderful friends form our hometown arrived.  Renee and Peter McLachlin, owners of Paperworks in Port Hope and Ready Print in Cobourg, were our next guests of honour.  They wanted to get involved in the projects so that is exactly what they did.  We took them up to Nong Khiaw with a couple of stops including one to see Siphan’s son.  The little guy has huge eyes, just like his dad!

Siphan's Son, Sang

Siphan’s Son, Sang

Rather than staying in Nong Khiaw for the night, we headed upriver to Muang Ngoi to spend the next few nights.  While there, we visited the school grounds where the entire district sent teams from many schools to compete in volleyball, patong, Lao folk dancing, and others.  Unfortunately, on Renee and Peter’s first day in the villages, Renee sprained her ankle while chasing a runaway volleyball!  To say she was p’d off at herself would be an understatement, BUT the team we sponsored, Pak Jeem, won!

The Pak Jeem teams poses for us as they begin to celebrate their win!

The Pak Jeem teams poses for us as they begin to celebrate their win!

The following day was our first day in Hat Kham to complete the painting of the school.  Of course, due to Renee’s minor injury from the night before, she become supervisor…kidding of course.  We had also met a group of volunteers from Israel who were more than eager to assist us and help us finish the school in record time.  Of course, many of them had a lot of paint on their faces, hands and feet, but the job got done!

Part of the Israely team in the foreground, Renee and Peter in the background.  Peter was balancing the bench for Renee.

Part of the Israeli team in the foreground, Renee and Peter in the background. Peter was balancing the bench for Renee.

Mike, The Israeli team and Siphan.

Mike, The Israeli team and Siphan.

This took us about 1 1/2 days.  Within an hour of the school completion, the desks and signs arrived.  It is such a wonderful feeling when things actually go as planned!

The kids were all to eager to bring the furniture from the beach.

The kids were all to eager to bring the furniture from the beach.

This Hat Kham School addition was finished in just 8 weeks.  Special thanks to Maasimo and Serena from Italy, Marcus and Charlotte from France, Ian from New Zealand, The Israeli Team, Renee and Peter from Port Hope, Canada

This Hat Kham School addition was finished in just 8 weeks. Special thanks to Maasimo and Serena from Italy, Marcus and Charlotte from France, Ian from New Zealand, The Israeli Team, Renee and Peter from Port Hope, Canada

Students and many of the team.

Students and many of the team.

While there, our Israeli team distributed school supplies, a treat and uniforms for the sports team

While there, our Israeli team distributed school supplies, a treat and uniforms for the sports team

Our Generous Sponsors

Our Generous Sponsors

Thanks to Afrisoccer, Hat Kham now has uniforms for the first time.  They will be hosting the District games next year too.

Thanks to Afrisoccer, Hat Kham now has uniforms for the first time. They will be hosting the District games next year too.

While others were building the school, Marcus and Charlotte from France designed and built a playground for the kids!

While others were building the school, Marcus and Charlotte from France designed and built a playground for the kids!

The kids were pretty excited to show us the fun they were having.

The kids were pretty excited to show us the fun they were having.

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