The eight of us have spent the first week getting to know Pattanarak’s projects, goals, and staff. Seri, Pattanarak’s founder, gave us a formal presentation and introduced us to all of the staff on the first day. Since then, we have spent some time learning basic Thai from Ajan Som Pon to increase our communication with the staff. After these lessons we change into work clothes to begin mixing cement with piles of dirt from the river to form a concrete path to replace the current dirt path that floods daily. We do this work with many of the Thai, Karen, Mon, and Burmese staff members. Between our few words of Thai and their few words of English we managed to form an assembly line (better known as “ZIG ZAG!”) After passing hundreds of buckets of concrete we completed the path and began to focus on our next project, the animal feed co-op. The animal feed co-op will help people who attend trainings about raising animals for food or sale of the offspring have access to animal feed at an affordable cost. That’s all for the first week, but keep your eyes open for details about our most recent work!
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