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Medical Update: Bon Luk – 30th January 2016

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Once again, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We left very early in three 4x4s, kindly sponsored by Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire and CPF, and drove to Bon Luk.

We had two doctor and one fish expert from CPF with us.

We started off with Rushabh delivering the general hygiene (hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.) seminar which was received by the villagers with a lot of curiosity. Children were particularly amused by the friendly and interactive delivery. Village pastor has agreed to pin the poster on the church wall and repeat the message during his weekly sermons.

Dr Rene and Dr Paul saw 43 patients; with Leyna and Rushabh helping with translation, Francesca and Gary recording patient data and Asya dispensing medicines.

Khun Oranut, General Manager of CPF, very kindly agreed to follow up on the fish project to make sure it will be a success. The fish are growing, and despite her busier schedule and additional demand for her time at work, Khun Oranut agreed to keep following up on this project.

CPF also very kindly donated 2 big bags of fish feed and donations for village and nursery at the school.

Reminder: In November, CPF had donated 2,000 Black Tilapia fingerling for releasing in ponds at the village.

CPF has agreed to partner with us in our effort to bring wholesome food sustainability to the communities we work with.

4 new piglets are growing satisfactorily at the pig pen funded by Jungle Aid.

Our Assessment team of Pascal, Apple and Prabhjeet spoke with the village’s deputy leader and villagers (including women and children) to find out their immediate needs.

We also followed up with the two villagers who had received hair cutting training from Chiva Som last year.

We were please to learn that between the two of them, they are taking care of approximately 40 villagers per week and other villagers have also shown interest in learning hair cutting and other skills.

We assessed the village sanitation and cleanliness at the village and were pleased to observe minimal littering and that village is consistently maintaining general cleanliness.

We procured four cane baskets from the lady weaving these at the village. We intend to replicate this successful model at other communities and will use the baskets for litter/waste collection at Pala U.

As is our practice now, we brought cooking oil, noodles, fish sauce and canned fish for the 16 children living in the village shelter. These were all donated by our long time volunteer, Lyn.

Jungle Aid also supports the children in this shelter by bringing 50kg of rice to them on every visit.

We also brought recycled notebooks to the children at village and to the village school. Paper Ranger has been providing us with these for nearly two years now. We also donated a lot of toys to village nursery. These were brought along by Khun Oranut of CPF along with clothes and slippers.

All volunteers helped with the handing of donations, generously given by our regular contributors. We have a huge pile of donations and these will be very useful in the months to come. Villagers are always grateful for the useful things we bring them everytime we visit them.

On our way back, we stopped at the school to donate recycled notebooks and to speak with the school headmaster.

It was a long day at village and by the time we left, it was past 4PM. All volunteers were loaded back in to the trucks for the dusty journey home.

After an amazing day with incredible volunteers and incredible people we work with, we headed home.

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