Fifth Mission – From 20 June to 8 Agosto2006
The Fifth Mission – The duration of this trip has been of 50 days.
Half of this period we have dedicated to the identification of needs, and we had meetings to analyze, identifing and study, the situations for possible further action.
Another half, we have devoted to the preparation of the inauguration of the village of Ban Nam Khem.
This mission is between past and future, between an accomplished task and others to find and implement.
Moses non-profit organization, has thus demonstrated its willingness to continue its commitment to solidarity for those who are living forgotten and in extreme poverty.
Have been seven thousand, the kilometers made to visit and meet people and places.
From Bangkok to the natural park of the Doi Intanon from Khon Kaen to Surin, to return to Bangkok with diversion to Kanchanaburi, and arrive at the end, again, in Khao Lak.
Our trips introduced us into a new and different reality.
- A “Mae Rim” we have known the Catholic community of the Salesian Father Terry Tapai, carried on with great care and with a good chance of achieving its objectives of providing education to young people who live and work in this area.
- We have often met Father Anurak, in a small town at 70 km northwest of Chiang Mai, where he established some small temporary building to store the ground products produced by the hill tribes and after sell them on the market in Chiang Mai.
Also in this case, we visited the communities of the area, reached after several hours of trail in the forest.
- We immediately felt, from the clarity vision and the passion expressed by gestures and words, that Anurak was a special person.
We talked about his life and about his transformation from teacher and school manager to the creator and promoter of a major project, the aims of which, were to support the cultural level, to improve the social income of the hill tribes, with the final objective to promote a sustainable and “smoothly” development.
Most of these young people, are ethnic Karen, settled permanently in the areas of Mae-Wang, Mae-Jam, Khun Yuam.
We immediately thought it was a great project, designed by a great man and great purpose.
As a result, we decided to go into that area in order to check a possible intervention and provide support for this people
From Intanon Doi (The highest mountain in Thailand), our journey continued to Phrea and Uttaradit where we visited the disaster areas by the floods of autumn, and continued through Khon Kaen, then Surin, a necessary step to get to where we have personally verified the progress of the work (finding a relative delay) and the expenditure incurred in our self-sustainment project for the family and Pairat Hua, that already lived in the house, though the roof and part of the walls were still partially missing.
We found, however, the family proud of our visit and determined to set an example for other families that could be helped by this project.
Bangkok was the next stop. Here we met with leaders of UNHCR in order to acquire some true information on Burmese refugee camps setted on the western border of the country.
This opened a “new world” for us, almost unknown, but a world that we were determined to help, even in the modesty of our possible support and assistance.
This created the need to visit at least one of these camps,thing that happened, of course, after having performed all the necessaries procedures to obtain the relevant permits from government bodies.
The Village of Tham Hin was the one that we visited first, after a long journey that started from Kanchanaburi,and that led us to the field after a long and difficult trip.
The immediacy of what has appeared to us, has become “emotion”, an emotion that made us realize that people we were seeing were “nobody for noone, “that every child knew no more that what for us was a one-day visit”, that the concept of the future for everyone couldn’t be part of their own thoughts.
This has made born in us the need to know to help.
The visit to Tham Hin was decisive for the future addresses of the project of our association, in fact, much of our time, was also later dedicated to investigate the specific problems of refugee camps, realizing that the contribution to its “humanization”, was already a took commitment.
In mid-July 2006 we arrived in Ban Nam Khem. The inhabitants of the village, were proudly living in their new houses, eachone dealing with a new life, independently and aware.
The meeting with people was a tangible effect of mutual affection that has been created on many occasions and of “to work together for a common purpose,” overcoming the difficulties experienced in “a year together”
The days are spent preparing for the opening day of the July 27, date that was certain only when, a few days later, finally arrived the electricity.
The excitement for the event has turned into excitement when we brought in the village some slide for the children, rides and a small gazebo, whose contagious joy accompanied the preparation of small gardens and the ornament of the houses festooned with flowers and flags .
At 7 am on July 27, nine monks prayed and blessed the houses, sang their sacred chants and completed their auspicious rituals.
The inauguration took place in the presence of the Governor of the province of Phang Nga, the Counsellor of the Italian Embassy, Dr. Gianluca Greco, a Danish representative, Monsignor Joseph Prathan, Catholic bishop of the diocese of Surat Thani, the founders of Moses Onlus Francesco Baietti e Patrizia Saccaggi and a multitude of joyous and festive.
The ribbon cutting has seen the realization of a unique project, in which Thailand, Italy and Denmark have been working synergistically and effectively, and where the unit values of the integration of religion and that of solidarity has provided a great example.
The experience of the successful completion of this first project of Moses Onlus has been shared with us with our Mother, who at seventy has taken the plane and joined us to see with her own eyes and live with her heart .
At Ban Nam Khem we have also reached Tranquillini Andrea and Isabella, who have dedicated their expertise to capture images and photos, and Michele Ghelli, Architect of Faenza, which is preached to become our partner.
A few days prior to departure for Italy, we met by chance (nothing is by chance …) with Anders, a Swedish volunteer who got us in touch with GHRE, which along with Thai Association Iscos CISL was responsible for a project to develop and they were organizing 4 Learning Center in the province of Phang Nga.
The following insights, have led us to finance the feeding of children, the children of Burmese migrants.