Michael's Dispatches

Memorial Day 2009

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25 May 2009

Searching for an opportunity to honor America's veterans this Memorial Day, a moment presented itself.  Some friends and I visited a school for blind children in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I saw about 110 students who seemed to range in age from about six to mid-teens.  The school was clean and most of the kids seemed happy and they were cutting up like kids do.  Some of the older boys, in particular, acted in the normal crazy ways that many teen aged boys act.  Basically they were making a nuisance of themselves, but they seemed goodhearted and they listened to the teachers.  We stayed for about an hour and helped serve lunch to the kids who were very friendly and there was a lot of laughter, other than from one little girl.  She was about seven years-old and she was weeping and a teacher said that nobody had come to visit her for three months.  Her mother had disappeared.  It was heartbreaking to see her crying for her mother.  The little girl has nobody other than the teachers at the school.

I made a donation to the school in honor of America's veterans and drove away very saddened.

Michael


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    Cathi Luytjes · 10 years ago
    That poor little girl. She has nobody at all? That's so difficult to be so young and no family. Do you have the name of the school and/or an address to write to? I think I'd be interested.

    Thanks!
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    Sandy · 10 years ago
    Thank you so much, Michael. That is a beautiful way to honor our veterans. As Cathi has done, I'd like to know if there is something that can be done for the little girl, and the others at the school.

    Thank you for all you do :-)

    Sandy
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    Michael · 10 years ago
    Cathi,

    Yes, that was very sad. I have a friend who also works with deaf children at a different place nearby. Similar stories only the deaf children come mostly (or perhaps all) from hilltribes. She loves working with the kids and they are enthralled to work with her. They can walk through the jungle and show her what's good to eat and not, and even make bracelets out of live millipedes!

    This is the information for the school for the blind:

    The Director of the School
    Northern School for the Blind
    Arruk Road, Amphur Muang
    Chiangmai, Thailand 50200
    Tel: (053) 278 009, (053) 814 721

    Country code for Thailand is 66, so the actual number from America would be something like (66) 53 278 009.

    Take care,

    Michael Yon
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    JoAnne · 10 years ago
    Michael -

    A very nice gesture on your part. And thank you for having served our country.

    - Marine Mom/Army daughter

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