Sunday, March 15, 2009

Zoo trip for children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS

Children from several surrounding villages were invited by CAM to go on an outing to the Zoo. Some of the children had never been to the zoo before so this was a real treat. CAM sees a majority of these children on a regular basis and assists these families in dealing with HIV/AIDS. A number of these children will participate in a peer support and training group. The project will include the children photographing their lives and how HIV/AIDS affects them. They will put together scrapbooks/photo albums and then at the end of the year they will present it to their peers and the community.

This elephant is trying to hitch a ride on the shuttle bus. The children are trying to tell the elephant there is no room. They decide to give the elephant some food to distract it from trying to get on the bus again. The distraction worked.

All the kids drew pictures of their favorite animal and described what the animal does.

Playtime!!! I got the kids to pull me in the hanging basket. It was pretty tiring pulling a heavy farang. Poor kids.

We would have had more money for this project if it wasn't for this bird constantly stealing our money. Better luck next time I guess.

Best friends forever!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Public Health Training for volunteers

On the 22-23rd of Jan, 2009 CAM staff member Supaluck Nammuang was a guest speaker at a training seminar held at the Royal Floral Gardens in Chiang Mai. Ms. Supaluck working along with the Public Health Dept gave a speech to the volunteers from the " Ethnic Groups Public Health Office." The focus of the training was on disease prevention and sex education. The hope is that by training the trainers they will in turn educate their community.

Follow up visit to Chiang Dao

On the 12th of December, 2008 CAM staff members Mr Mit Pornimitsakul and Ms. Sasitorn Tinwongyuan visited HIV/AIDS ethnic groups (Lahu, Akha, Lawa and Kachin) living in Jiajan, Nong Khiow and Mai Samakey in the sub district of Chiang Dao within the province of Chiang Mai. The CAM staff received 6 boxes of donated clothes from various organizations to distribute to the poor people within the communities visited. CAM also purchased second hand jackets to give to 20 children that have been affected by HIV/AIDS in their community.