IHF Rescue House

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Emotionally and physically abused, receiving no education or healthcare, and is underfed and being groomed for prostitution at very early ages.  These are the lives of many children of the hill tribes north of Chiang Rai.  Some find hope and a future through an organization called the International Humanity Foundation.

Winita

Winita

The IHF operates homes for children in Indonesia, Kenya, and Thailand.  The founder of IHF, Carol Sasaki, works with the Lahu tribe in Thailand identifying at-risk children and offering them assistance.  With tribal and/or parental consent, she brings the child to the IHF center in Chiang Rai where they receive love and care, food and a bed, education and encouragement, and a support system of other children from their tribe that have come from similar circumstances. Continue reading

Premier League Football – Thai Style

Jockeying For Control

Jockeying For Control

Dateline:  Chiang Rai (183km northeast of Chiang Mai, by the border of Lao and Myanmar <map>)

Quite by fortune, fate or……karma, (thank you, monks), I went to see a Thai Premier League football match!  It was awesome.  The play, the people, and the price.  Incredible.

The Fighting Scarabs...???

The Fighting Scarabs…???

Chiang Rai United……who the heck are they…….the Fighting Scarabs…..?  Maybe?  I don’t know, but there was a statue of an enormous beetle in front of the stadium, so that’s how I’ll always know them.  I was in a small restaurant after touring the Black House, enjoying what I would describe as Thai BBQ, when one of the employees was tuning the TV into the pre-game show for the local football team. Continue reading