At the Sunflower House, we are fortunate enough to meet lovely volunteers from all over the world! Late this year, Nicole from Melbourne, Australia and Heather from Boston, USA stayed with us to teach the girls English and help with CRPC's organisation. Nicole came to the Sunflower house to complete her internship for her undergraduate … Continue reading Thank you to volunteers Nicole and Heather!
The festive season has finally arrived at the Sunflower House in Chiang Khong! We kicked off the Christmas celebrations on Friday afternoon once the girls had arrived back from school by erecting the annual Christmas tree, lights and all! Settling down for the evening, we watched a Christmas movie before hopping off to bed. Saturday … Continue reading Merry Christmas from the Sunflower House
Early Saturday morning, two of the Sunflower Daughters and Volunteer Claire from CRPC made their way to the Mekong School for Local Knowledge to join an exciting and much-anticipated nature camp with eighteen other local high school students and their chaperones. The Mekong School is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the … Continue reading Nature camp with the Mekong School
This year's Halloween celebration was definitely one to remember! We started off the day making various Halloween decorations with our girls to decorate the CRPC Sunflower House. We made a pumpkin jack-o-lantern piñata, garbage bag cobwebs, hanging bats, scary face doors, hanging ghost ornaments, watermelon jack-o-lanterns and scary silhouette cut outs. After we decorated the … Continue reading A SPOOKY HALLOWEEN!
Our girls regularly participate in LitClub. These meetings are intended to promote "joyful learning, creative expression, community building, and developing social-emotional skills." Indeed, many of the girls have become much more outgoing and have opened to sharing their personalities and talents thanks to their participation in LitClub. Last week, the girls had the opportunity to … Continue reading A PERFORMANCE WITH ALL TYPES OF TALENTS
Recently, we had the pleasure of welcoming Jane McBride, the co-founder and director of our sponsor organisation Friends of Thai Daughters (FTD) to Thailand! Jane regularly visits her daughters in Thailand, and spends time between the two shelters in Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong. On occasion Jane also brings some of her FTD donors along … Continue reading A CELEBRATION OF LOI KRATHONG WITH P’JANE AND OUR SPONSORS
During the girl’s mid semester break, CRPC held a six-day study camp for our girls and some of our non-resident students to attend. We divided the camp into English-based and Thai-based workshops and activities hosted by the staff and volunteers at CRPC as well as experts from local NGOs. It turned out to be a … Continue reading A STUDY CAMP TO REMEMBER
In the middle of September, our daughters were very honoured to receive a special invitation from the Thai social welfare governor to be one out of 35 shelters all over Thailand to participate in a weekend workshop in Bangkok about the developmental issues that face their communities. The goal of the trip was to inspire … Continue reading A SPECIAL INVITATION TO BANGKOK
In September, we were very happy to welcome a visit from P’Charlotte and P’Dao to the Chiang Khong Sunflower House. P’Charlotte volunteered to teach English for two months at our sister shelter in Chiang Rai. She is currently completing her final year at high school and spends her free time volunteering at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding … Continue reading A WARM VISIT FROM OUR SUNFLOWER SISTERS
Last week, we were very excited to visit a festival held at the Thai temple, Sri Don Chai! What a lovely cultural experience for both myself (P’Nicole), P’Too, P’Mallee and all our daughters! Sri Don Chai is one of the temples in the Chiang Khong District. Every year the Tai Leu people celebrate their culture and … Continue reading A TRIP TO A LOCAL TAI LEU FESTIVAL