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10 years ago, mid December, 2004, we OMPs Toto/Gaweechat, Mui and I, Sven, had arranged some workshops with schools, teachers in PangNga, Phuket, and Tai Muang that included Khao Lak.  We met with many teachers, headmasters, others. We had just agreed to work with schools and eco projects in this region. We had agreed to meet there again after Xmas for a few holidays. Toto was in the Navy, based in the main Thai navy base, Sathahip, outside Bangkok, Mui based in Krabi and I returned to Openmind Projects base in NongKhai. In the morning, Dec 26, when I had just gone for a swim, I got a call from Toto telling me the Thai...
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I arrived in Nongkhai, Thailand in September. I had no idea what to expect except for that was going to a volunteer center to be trained for a few days in the local culture and language and then off to an eco-volunteer project in northern Thailand. After the initial excitement of the Tuktuk ride (small three wheeled Thai taxi) I finally arrived at the Openmind Center. It was not as big as I had expected but had a warm feeling to it with an outside kitchen and flags decorated on the walls. I looked over and I saw the Swedish flag – alright I was represented.  At the gates I was greeted warmly by one of...
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  I had the privilege to stay for a number of weeks with a lovely group of kids who live at the HUC orphanage under the care of an inspiring young man, Bhakta and his wife, Bimala.  More of a large family than an orphanage, HUC was founded about 10 years ago to provide a home for these 10 children orphaned by the Maoist conflicts in western Nepal. Bhakta and Bimala are like parents to the kids (6 boys and 4 girls) who are nearly all teenagers now, mostly between 14 -16 years old.  It is to Bhakta and Bimala’s credit that they have managed to raise them to be lovely, caring, well-behaved young people.  I...
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