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It’s important to remember that in this amazing world of ours, there are many more issues that face us than slope conditions, weather forecasts and snowfall.
The trip was organised by Dale Beaumont and his business education company called “Business Blueprint”. Dale and the Business Blueprint program talk a lot about the power of “giving back” to those less fortunate around the world.
Pete Kvist and Snow Report TV would like to thank Hands Across the Water
Hands Across The Water is an incredible organisation founded by Peter Baines who worked by heading up a team of people in victim identification following the 2004 tsunami. His experiences in seeing the children left displaced from families as a result of the devastating wave moved him to become founder of this amazing orphanage.
Baines quickly moved to set up an orphanage to support some of these children and quickly outgrew its initial resources. Today, the orphanage is able to house around 70 children with generous contributions from others, though they have also moved to grow and become self sufficient. The addition of a community center, hotel, school and even a rubber plantation helps provide income and stability that sees the setup able to rely less on the continued support from others.
The trip you can see in the video allowed the participants to spend time and stay with the children, though also to visit their self sustainable projects and volunteer some time and muscle in contribution to some of the current tasks underway.
The incredible glue that holds the organisation together is the selfless love and generosity of those who are a part of the operation. The orphanage director, Rotjana Phraesrithong and her team of approximately 20 part time and volunteer staff who support this wonderful cause are some of the most amazing people you will ever meet.
Through these orphanages, the children have been given a chance at life that would almost certainly have not been possible without these programs and the people involved. One things you notice everywhere in the orphanage is the love, friendship, smiles and the fact that they are now all “family”.
Pete Kvist with Tong at Thailand Orphanage
Through the programs, the children are not only able to be educated, though they are also setup to have the opportunity of continuing their education at a university level following the “graduation” from family life. The incredible thing is watching people within this organisation, including the children, give back to other causes as well, continuing the circle of giving that makes this world of ours a better place.
If you would like to find out more about Hands Across the Water, we encourage you to visit their website at http://www.HandsAcrossTheWater.org.au, or get in touch with us at Snow Report TV.
For us, the trip certainly was a trip of a lifetime and one we will never forget. We are excited to see how we can help more in the future and watch these children grow into adults who in turn are able to make a difference in this great world of ours.
If you would like to see the full photo gallery from the trip, you can check it by clicking on the following link: 2012 Thailand orphanage visit photo gallery.
After their annual conference 60 delegates from Blue Print for Business, a group of Australian and New Zealand business people, came to give 2 days of their time to our home. Having been shopping for useful, sweet and fun things they arrived to meet, play, explore, or just make new friends with our children. In the evening we prepared dinner and produced a show. Rotjana then invited our guests to do the same the next night.
Having slept on mattresses in our culture centre, the boys house and the girls house, it was up for a cold shower, breakfast, then off to work. Three groups learnt all about physical labour, clearing ground in the hot sun. The last group had an adventure at the market then learnt about cooking in the hot sun. Believe it or not they all enjoyed the experiences!
Dinner was excellent and all the children, including the extra 20 we slipped in from ITV village, enjoyed it. Conference delegates sang nursery rhymes, danced and sang Australian folk songs. Band of Smiles a group hastily put together from volunteers, staff and delegates then entertained with a few more songs known to the children. The evening ended with everyone placing a lighted candle around 2 joined hearts.
After an open air breakfast the delegates left the next morning perhaps looking forward to a hot shower and soft mattress but certainly with life long memories of meeting our children.
Business Blueprint Visit Hands Across the Water Orphanage