To continue my 2015 memories as I interned with Coleen:

Ban Rai Dormitory, Mae Sarieng:  “We don’t have any books.” This group of students has time but few productive ways to fill it.  They have little homework because sometimes the teachers at their government school don’t show up. They sing in the choir and love music but have no instruments or teachers, sports equipment, or books. I asked what they would like to do in their free time and the girls said, “We would like books, you know, about accounting, computers, business. Work. And English.” They are restless teens and preteens living in a village that is threatened by an all-too-thriving drug trade, and all the seedy, dangerous “opportunities” that come with it. Coleen and I brought back some volleyballs, footballs, and badminton gear.  I spent an afternoon playing with the students. They were so happy and that night a little more open and relaxed to chat, and try out their English with me.  This dorm has come a long was in the year that KLEO took over support […]