‘They ar­rive with only the clothes they wear’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS LOOKING BACK -

ONE hun­dred mat­tresses, mozzie nets and sleep­ing mats were given out last week to the young chil­dren at the Dee Kum Pa or­phan­age on the out­skirts of Luang Pra­bang in the moun­tains of North­ern Laos.

With funds from Dou­glas lo­cals and friends who have con­tin­u­ally sup­ported fundrais­ers for the Lao or­phans, and a do­na­tion from the Moss­man Ro­tary, we were able to pur­chase needed bed­ding for the new chil­dren who had just been brought to the or­phan­age from re­mote ru­ral vil­lages by Lao Govern­ment of­fi­cials, as well as re­place­ment for younger chil­dren whose bed­ding had de­te­ri­o­rated.

The new chil­dren ar­rive with only the clothes they wear. We also dis­trib­uted clothes do­nated by lo­cal friends, hun­dreds of pairs of new un­der­wear, and bags of mar­bles.

Boxes of new baby and tod­dler clothes were taken to the new chil­dren’s hospi­tal ‘Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders’ where treat­ment is free and where many walk for days to bring their chil­dren for care. We de­liv­ered 1000 pens do­nated by a re­sort in Port Dou­glas to the Suan Luang Or­phange in a north­ern ru­ral area, as well as do­nated pen­cils, rulers and sta­tionery.

Un­like many of the or­phan­ages in Cam­bo­dia, Lao Govern­ment or­phan­age schools are strictly con­trolled by the Govern­ment of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Laos.

So thanks to the many peo­ple here, we were able to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of th­ese small chil­dren.

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