Blood Foundation invited me to come to the ‘novice for children camp’, just a few days after my arrival Fang. Obviously, I really wanted to go with them. What a start of my stay in Fang! The purpose of the camp was two-sided. On one hand, the main purpose was to hand out goods to the people in a refugee camp, to the boys from a temple school and to the people in one of the villages.
After unpacking the cars we got on foot into the nearby village, the home town of two of the novice boys. So there we went, 15 orange dressed boys, three white 'falangs' (foreigners) and Khun Charin (the teacher who knows people in the village). On our way, we were invited to come into the homes of the families in the villages. I was happily surprised by their hospitality and by the smiling faces I saw everywhere we came! We visited the parents of one of the novices. His mother was severely disabled due to a car-accident. She can`t walk or do anything by herself. So she`s just sitting/laying in a little brick shed all day with nothing in it; no blankets, no radio, just nothing except a lot of pain. The family doesn`t have enough money to take good care of her. After this impressing visit we got back to the temple.
In the evening we went to some festivities of Shan people nearby. After a long but very exciting and impressive day we fell asleep.
Day 2 started with preparing games for the Saturday evening. We heard there were 108 children coming to the temple and there were little activities planned. So we had a brainstorm session thinking about fun games with some English education in it as well. We had no idea if the children could speak English at all and, if they did, at which level they were. After a while, we came up with all kinds of ideas and the novices were also helping by making beautiful drawings of animals which we could use in the English teaching. In the afternoon we went with the novices to a waterfall nearby. Everybody had a really good time and one of the boys even dared to jump into the cold water! Soon there were more boys going for a refreshing swim. Once we got back at the temple we were invited by friends of Khun Charin to have dinner.The family had offered to prepare our meals for whole the weekend, so nice of them! They even offered us a place to sleep, but of course we had our simple but good place at the temple. That evening, the children from the village came to the temple.
Once we got back to the temple, it was time to head home again. But before we got on our way we decided to go by the disabled mother of one of the novices (day 1). We brought her a blanket to lie on. Then, it was finally time to leave and return to Fang.
Needless to say, the whole trip made an unforgettable impression on me. If you take the history of that area in consideration it was a really special experience and I’m grateful I could participate in it. I’m learning more and more about the Burmese history of and I’m getting more and more aware of how much help is needed here.