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Our proud past

We are three women, two Australians and an American, who were living in Rayong and Chonburi, Thailand, for some years before we came to know each other. We were each in Thailand due to our husbands’ work and met each other though an expatriate club in Pattaya on the Eastern seaboard of Thailand. We worked together on various welfare projects in the Rayong and Chonburi area, teaching English, arranging school sponsorships and generally raising funds to benefit the communities we were living in.

In December 2004, a tsunami struck the southern provinces of Thailand, which prompted us to visit the region and see if there was anything we could do to help. The expatriate clubs we were involved in were unable to offer support to the southern provinces as they were committed to their existing projects, so as individuals we went with the intention of a one-time visit and contribution. Three years later however, in the Krabi, Phang Nga and Ranong provinces, we’d assisted in the following projects;

· Implementation of lunch farms in seven schools to supplement school lunches

· Provision of daily school lunches for more than 900 children in eight schools

· Facilitated child sponsorships

· Provided milk and milk formula for infants and children to the age of four years

After three years these projects were either fully sustainable or had reached their life expectancy. After the completion of these projects and a short break, we found ourselves in Mae Sot.