DROUGHT IN THAILAND
July is supposed to be rainy and with plenty of water but this year is the worst drought we have had in 20 years.
The creek that supplies the water to the Akha Academy is absolutely dry so we ended up requesting the sub-district council to deliver some water to our water tank. Unfortunately they can only do a drop off once.
Planting in the drought
Usually the children do some vegetable planting at this time every year, but because there is no rain, we decided to plant cactus dragon fruit instead. The children planted cactus dragon fruit along the fences as it grows like a vine.
Keeping Cool on a Hot Day
After the planting job, we all went down to Maesuai River, the only water supply that is still flowing from the dam. Every child jumped in quickly as it was such a hot day. They all had so much fun, swimming, and chasing one another.
Visitors to the Akha Academy.
It was so good to see and catch up with Heather and Tracy again. It was a short visit unfortunately as they had the dental appointment in Bangkok.
Heather has visited us many times over the past 10 years, supporting the work of Rescue Mission for Children. This was Tracy’s second visit.
They also brought clothes for the children at The Akha Academy. The children were so eager to receive new sets of clothes. However, most of them were for the little children. Hopefully the next visitor will bring some more clothes for the older ones!
The most memorable night for Heather and Tracy was to go up to my mum’s house and had a simple meal of pass over, with unleavened bread, hot tea in bamboo and shared a moment of fellowship with one another. It was a humbling sharing of a simple meal, yet, full of goodness and soul bonding.
Thank you all for your continued help and support for our stateless children and giving them the life opportunity
General Manager – Akha Academy
Exciting News from Australia: www.rescuemissionforchildren.org.au
This month we launched our Facebook page ‘Rescue Mission for Children Inc.’. In our first two weeks of being live we received over 100 followers!
This was a great achievement and much thanks goes to many of you who have ‘liked’ the page and shared it with your friends. The ‘Rescue Mission for Children Inc.’ page
will be used to keep you informed of the children’s progress and achievements, volunteers news, pictures and videos, as well as upcoming events that you can be a part of. This is in addition to the monthly newsletters on our website: www.rescuemissionforchildren.org.au
If you haven’t already, please ‘like’ us on Facebook by searching ‘Rescue Mission for Children Inc.’ or by using this link to view our Facebook page -> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rescue-Mission-for-Children-Inc/1470140596598575
Committee Members going to Thailand and the Akha Academy
Our President Barry and his wife Junette, Vice-President Michael and Treasurer Noel are off to visit the centre at the end of this month. Junette is a registered Nurse and a member of Rescue Mission for Children Inc.
They will have an Annual General meeting with the DAC Inc. board of Thailand, this being part of our constitution requirements with the Australian Charities and not-for-profit Commission (ACNC).
This will also be a perfect opportunity to connect with our partners and discuss a number of vital activities for the Akha Academy These include:.
– Accommodation for a large group of 26 visitors from the Genesis Church in September
– General assessment, maintenance and repair works
– Future management possibilities
More wonderful news – Washing Machine No1 has now been fixed and is functioning. This is thanks to very generous support from supporters from home.
We also had another Sausage Sizzle fundraiser. It was a cool start but as the day went on and the temperature rose so did our sales! What a successful day with all monies raised going towards next month’s budget expenses at the Akha Academy.
Rescue Mission for Children – Akha Academy is certainly gathering momentum and cannot thank enough all our supporters near and far for having confidence in the work being done for these vulnerable children.
Many blessings from Australia.
Your Australian Committee.