Homeless after the Tsunami - help?

Trip Start Jan 08, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, April 3, 2005

Kanjana just sent me the below message last night. As I mentioned before, she works for the Department of Non - Formal Education, which is the part of the Thai Department of Education, that is largely involved with getting education to people that have missed out, often due to poverty. She teaches to a Muslim community that lives down the road from us and many of her students have come from South Thailand. A student of hers lost his house in the Tsunami and is upset. I think he is also a student that I taught some English to and perhaps one that Gertrude (Hayley) and Laura met.

Anyway if anyone would like to help him, it would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know and I will pass on your thoughts or money or whatever you can do for him. I will try to get more infomation about him, but I would greatly appreciate it if some people were willing to help him rebuild his life.

"I want you help studen me him live in ban num cam.
him no have home becase Tsunami him no happy
but I try give hope him for say in futuer good and give book for learn free
and orther if you want stayand visit with hime I tell him again ok
you remember you teach him.
ok maybe I send pictuer give you."

Hi - now it is 13 Apr (Thai New Year). No one has responded to this message or offered in help. That is OK. But it would be really good if some-one who had a little bit of spare cash would help this student. If you contact me at paul_garrioch@yahoo.com I can organize a way to get money or help to him. Thanks. Paul

Thai people and Kanjana in particular don't normally consider it polite to trouble other people with their personal problems. I think she must be quite worried about this boy because she is asking for help. Some money for him would be most helpful. Thanks for any help.

Update - 8 May - I haven't received anything at all to help Kanjana's student. Kanjana and I will see what we can do for him when I get home.

Update from Thailand - On Sunday I went to the village that Kanjana teaches at with her. The boy mentioned above was there. He was still visibly upset. The Thai government is building him a new house and he travels often to check on it. Sounds like his family survived but many of the surrounding families did not. Kanjana has already been giving him money and I also gave him 1000 Baht to help with this week's travel costs.

OH - now my friend Dave has sent some money to help. THANKYOU VERY VERY MUCH. Kon Jai Dii Maak Khrap.
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