Medical Update, Jungle Aid and Chivasom 11th June 2017
Our volunteers Prabhjeet, Garry and Paul worked with 17 volunteers from Chivasom.
With an early start our huge team set off to Bon Luk.
After a 3-hour journey, we were met at the pick-up point by Darfour (Village Leader) and transported all the donations to the village. These donations included 7 x mosquito nets; 96 pairs of children’s underclothes (from an Australian supporter), 23 pairs assorted footwear, 55 Bags 1Kilo rice, 12 x agricultural gardening tools, playthings for children and cartons of food for the children.
At the village, there were 50 children under the age of 10 years old, women and some elderly. Older children and men were at work.
The Chivasom team have worked with Jungle Aid for many years and are very experienced practitioners. They are all Thai Nationals and were therefore able to communicate easily with the children establishing immediate interest and rapport.
Many personal discussions about health were requested by the families from the village and the team from Chivasom were able to treat and offer advice as needed.
Demonstration and training techniques were offered on:
- Chinese massage
In addition, the Nurse and Pharmacist held a medical clinic, treating 13 patients. One patient needed to be referred to hospital but she refused as she was afraid of the consequences which is very common due to lack of Thai ID.
Whilst the medical teams were working, other volunteers played with the children. This included paints and models to colour, competing at various games and balloons twisted in to different animals.
Our Area Manager worked closely with the village leader to assess current needs and we had a photographer overseeing the whole day.
At the end of the visit, donations from the ladies of Bitch and Stitch and other regular donors were distributed by the volunteers and thankfully received by the villagers.
Villagers are always grateful for the useful things we bring them every time we visit them.
It was a long day at the village and by the time we left, it was 3pm. 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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