Myself, Bianca Basch, and former Blood Foundations staff Carol Doyle, went together to the hotel where the meeting took place.
Once there, Sievert Larsson met us cheerfully and directed us to the correct table, where we were able to mingle with the heads of organizations such as SWAN and learn about their projects in Northern Thailand.
Finally, Mr. David Williams, the man who does the legwork each year to come to Fang, and Mr. Larsson, began the meeting. Efficiency, as well as problems and successes were discussed, and each school had a change to describe their experience as a partner with SLSF. It was very interesting to learn about the process from SLSF's perspective, as well.
After the meeting we were invited to enjoy the hotel's buffet, a rare treat for me after months spent in Fang. Sievert took the time to strike up conversations with the partners, and everyone had a lovely time.
What was most interesting of all in this experiencing was meeting Mr. Larsson, who supports the educations of hundreds of students throughout Thailand using profits from his business. To see a working model of altruism at this level has been educational indeed, especially since it is clear that lots of hard work, accountability, and documentation goes into making the endeavor a successful one.
As Blood Foundation's representative, I was grateful and honored that Blood Foundation could participate in SLSF's work.