Travel to Mae La Camp for the day
Dec 27, 2009
Jan 19, 2010
Where I stayed
Boon Na Gunn Hotel
Mae La Refugee Camp is about an hour's drive north of Mae Sot on the way to Mae Sariang. So we backtracked a little today. The camp, which had about 40,000 refugees last year now has about 60,000 and it shows. The camp appears to be busting-out at the seams with people! There are huts all over the hillside. We met with 180 Karen children today, all students of Pastor Arthur's Bible School. After we introduced ourselves, we sang songs to each other, then the fun started. We had a parachute that we used to throw beachballs into the air, much like the Eskimo toss. The colorful parachute was 12 foot in diameter, and we dreamed up all sorts of games with it! In the end, we were all dirty, hot, and very happy! We also played football, a game similar to volleyball except you use your foot instead of hands, as well as volleyball. While part of our team was conducting the games on the field outside, another part of our team was conducting games inside the school. They played an egg and spoon relay game, a balloon relay game, and also distributed recorder instruments (similar to a flute) while Eric and Jocelyn taught the children some simple songs. It was quite amazing to see how quickly they learned! When we left, every one of them were still playing the recorders. We may not be popular with their parents tonight, but they sure were having fun! After we left the camp, we blessed Joe with a new set of badly needed tires for his truck (named Miracle), and we all prepared for a four day journey into the hills tomorrow.