With just weeks to go before my return, I think I can say that this season has been the most successful in our 9 year history. With more projects in a season than ever before, more water filters than ever before and so many great friends who visited with us to make a difference in this impoverished part of the world.
After the last 3 weeks of village visits, and reporting back to each water filter donor, I can now catch up a little.
Our Vancouver team from the Rotary Clubs of Ladner, Coquitlam Sunrise and the Coquitlam Noon Club, a past exchange student from Belgium from our own Whitby Sunrise Club, along with other friends joined us for a whirlwind tour. We started with a distribution of water filters to the rural village of Nakhaeng. Some of us walked to the ferry and some went with Siphans truck to cross the Mekong River. From there is was a 1 1/2 hour journey by oversized Tuk Tuk…well it actually took a little longer than that, because our Tuk Tuk broke down, so we had to wait for tractors to come and pick us up! It didn’t seem to lower the spirits of our group though. It turned out be a pretty busy day!
This was followed by a typical baci ceremony (spiritual offering) and the singing chant was abbreviated so everyone could eat. We had been delayed quite a bit by the truck so had to high tail it of there in order to get back to Luang Prabang for our Valentine’s dinner.
We headed north to Ban Xiengda the following day, where the large water project was being completed. After checking into our guest house, it was time for some sweat equity!
We had done a lot already during this short trip but there was lots more to come.
Some of the team headed further to Katang Xieng, as they wanted to see the new school we finished last year (with one of the rooms being sponsored by Global Change For Children). The rest of us headed back to Nong Khiaw because Siphans truck couldn’t hold all of us and a minivan would never have been able to make it, with the bad roads.
On the way back to Luang Prabang, we had one more stop to make. Ban Nong Kham…for another distribution of filters.
As you can see, we accomplished a lot in just 5 days! What an amazing accomplishment! They all headed to Cambodia for some well deserved R&R. Can you blame them? Meanwhile I had just a couple of hours to prepare for our next group of guests!