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Thailand Trip June 6

Thailand Update June 6
by Angie Fuller

Groups like ours who come to UHDP often help fund a particular need the project has. Today we learned how UHDP had utilized the financial support we gave. A building (with bunkhouse above and meeting space below) has been leaking badly on one side during the rainy season. Buildings such as this are vital to UHDP so that groups can stay for a couple of weeks or months to serve on the project, or in surrounding communities and to provide meeting space for a variety of purposes. Part of our funds was used to construct a large blue awning over this building where the wind often blows in the rain.  The rest of our funds went toward paint supplies for today's task of working alongside some of the staff to repaint the large meeting room in this building.  The room now looks much brighter with a fresh coat of white paint and gray and brown trim work.




















Loulla, a member of our team with personal experience of learning English as a second language, has had several lengthy practice sessions with a few of the women on staff here interested in improving their English through conversation and reading. We all have attempted to learn a few Thai words and certainly struggle to wrap our mouths around the sounds of this new language. But we all chuckled today when several times we heard two of the men painting with us repeatedly practice saying "brown" - both of them giggling every time because of how it sounded to them.







This afternoon it was our turn to reciprocate the Thai dessert-making tutorial the women gave us on Saturday and show them how to make an American dessert. Objects like an oven or measuring cups are not common in Thai kitchens. Knowing this and also considering supplies that could either be transported or purchased here easily, we simply brought foil pans and brownie mixes. We felt a little sheepish comparing the complexity of our dessert with theirs, but they patiently watched, mixed, waited in another kitchen with a small oven, and eventually tasted our slightly undercooked brownies... probably not thrilled with the taste so unfamiliar to them, but gracious just the same.

Mango Sticky Rice Lesson







Brownie Cooking Lesson









Hands and Feet of God--Sometimes Your Feet Get Dirty









Have Truck We'll Travel








Good Morning Thailand

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