Pak Mong Water Project Completed
During this last week, we were visited by another group from Canada, just in time for the celebration of the conclusion of our second large water project at Pak Mong Secondary School.
This water project was made possible from a special grant from Global Change For Children, the Kitchener Grand River Rotary Club, the Ancaster Rotary Club, 8 clubs from Rotary District 7070 including Ajax, Bowmanville, North Scarborough, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Whitby Sunrise and Uxbridge. We wold also like to thank a Malay Group from Johore Malaysia, Kevin Hope In Loving Memory of his wife, Fay, Renee and Peter McLachlan and Dave Henderson for all of their support.
We headed into the very rural village of Dock Lao, only accessible by truck or tractor. We opted for the truck of course.
Dock Lao was perhaps our most unusual village in the more than 45 villages we have distributed water filters to. They were extremely grateful and humble. but a large percentage of them were blind. While the pictures were taken, 11 people of the 65 families were blind (at least one blind eye), 2 had medicated strips on their foreheads and one child was mentally challenged. Even the person who performed the baci ceremony was legally blind and was only 26. Siphan mentioned that his diction was above and beyond the elders abilities with the traditional Khmu language.
On the way back we stopped at a central location for distribution of another 22 water filters at Siphan’s farm. Each of these villagers lives outside the village, likely nearer their rice fields.
With the last of our guests pretty much gone for the season, we are now busily doing the bookeeping, preparing a series of reports and reviewing the many requests we have received for assistance. We received another 10 requests yesterday for water related projects and have heard there are more coming…a tad overwhelming. Our cutoff is just a week away for requests for next season, because our own deadlines are looming.