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London shop provides for Hang Dong school

Documentary on Karen conflict packs the house

London shop provides for Hang Dong school

l scream, you scream, they all enjoyed the ice cream.

Learning can be fun with the right play tools at Tong Khay school.

The students at Tong Khay school gather to receive the generous educational supplies, sports equipment and toys from the Chiang Mai Children’s Trust.

The children of Tong Khay school in Hang Dong received a bounty of sports equipment, educational materials and toys from the Chiang Mai Children’s Trust.
This charity was set up by Farang shop in Camden in London. The shop sells arts and crafts from Thailand and fundraises to assist Tong Khay School, with the aim of providing support for the children’s education.
The presentation was made by John Stewart, owner of Farang shop and the children were also treated to a special lunch followed by plentiful servings of ice cream.
Prizes were also handed out to the children designing the best greetings cards. The greetings cards made by all the children will be sold in Farang Shop with 100% of the proceeds being returned to the school. A great day was had by all concerned.

 

Documentary on Karen conflict packs the house

The documentary played before a sold out crowd. l/r Paula, Kyle, Susan, Nick, Nathan, Joo, Matt Blauer and George

Filmmaker Matt Blauer presented his documentary at a sold out showing at the Alliance Francaise titled ‘Prayer of Peace; Relief & Resistance in Burma’s War zone.
Blauer who lives in Chiang Mai has recently finished the documentary film about the struggle the Karen face inside Burma: “Prayer of Peace: Relief & Resistance in Burma’s War Zones”.
He spent three months shooting this 30-minute documentary inside Karen State in 2006 and all the footage is original from the frontline in Mone and Toungoo Districts. The film focuses less on history and more on the day-to-day efforts of Karen relief workers helping their people under intense oppression of the Burma Army.
On the front line of conflict deep inside Burma this documentary follows ethnic relief workers as they aid internally displaced people suffering under the Burma Army. Focusing on a female medic and a pastor/human rights cameraman, the film reveals a people that have maintained their dignity and hope for peace despite the odds.
The film will be distributed by Silkworm Books and available as a DVD throughout Thailand beginning this month.



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