We spent November in Chiang Mai, sharing our time between Claire and Doug’s house and Sacha’s house – we feel really fortunate to have such amazing friends and family hosting us. Both of us have been to Chiang Mai lots of times, so we didn’t do many typical tourist things but instead spent our time connecting with friends and family and helping out at Partners Relief and Development. Partners is an NGO that works to help the people of Burma – we have been involved with them for awhile (since meeting Stu and Ruth Corlett years ago) and enjoyed reconnecting with our friends there and hearing updates on the important work that they are doing. While we were there Reuben helped to make the office internet a bit more functional and I spent time doing some social work teaching with Doug and Jeanna at SEED migrant centre, working with the amazing community workers who are working in the Shan communities of Chiang Mai. Here’s Doug talking about SEED:
We also spent time in the office catching up with people and being inspired by what is happening. You can find out more about the aid and development that Partners do here – or here on Facebook – they are a great organisation. (They also have a cool range of Christmas gifts if you need any last minute pressies!)
Stay tuned for more about our adventures in Chiang Mai on the next blog!
(Title photo by the fabulous Sacha Olson)