Bangkok Volunteers Group – Jungle Aid introduction Meetup

Bangkok Volunteers Meetup hanging out on the beach for lunch
Bangkok Volunteers Meetup hanging out on the beach for lunch

Yesterday I joined the Bangkok Volunteers Group MeetUp.com group and it’s organizer Celilu on a trip to Hua Hin to meet Emma, the Founder of Jungle Aid. It was great way to spend the day with like-minded people and to learn more about the work that Emma and Jungle Aid does to support the Karen people who live in the Jungles of Thailand. The Karen people who they support are a group of people that are refugees from Myanmar, that live in remote villages in the jungle that do not receive any outside help. They do not have access to basic medical care, education, and are denied the ability to grow their own crops or to keep animals so that they are able to eat. Jungle Aid supports these villages by providing medical support on a monthly basis, by helping them establish micro businesses such as producing and selling coconut oil, and is looking to assist them with education and setting up permanent medical clinics.
Read more about the work of Jungle Aid on their website http://www.jungleaid.wordpress.com. I will be volunteering with them on January 26t

h, if you would like to make a donation please feel free to paypal me at ericav.knowles@gmail.com prior to January 26th.  If you don’t have a paypal account leave a comment below and I will contact you. If you live in Bangkok just contact me so we can get together.

Jungle Aid Foundation

This medical clinic was the most amazing trip. On the 24th of November at 6am 7 volunteers including Emma our nurse, Sam our Osteo, Millee the Educational lead and 2 medical students from The Little Foundation set off. We had the donated rice (300kg), medicine for a remote emergency clinic and enough supplies to leave for a month. With a 4 hour drive to Bang Saphan followed by a 2 hour hike through dense jungle, crossing 5 rivers with all the supplies to reach the most remote village ever visited. It was an incredible journey.

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In this village only 1 child attends school due to the costs charged by the local school. Our aim is to work with the local Thai school to see if the fees can be reduced so we can support the other 27 children to attend school. They have very little food and all 54 people living in this remote village eat twice a day at 10am…

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4 thoughts on “Bangkok Volunteers Group – Jungle Aid introduction Meetup

  1. This is awesome, Erica! I wish you the best in your endeavors to help those who are less fortunate.
    I’m going on a volunteer service trip to Nicaragua in March with the following organization, http://www.waterforwaslala.org/ …hopefully I can bring some of what I learn through this experience to Thailand to implement the same sore of projects if feasible. I’m doing this through Villanova and we actually have some projects in northern Thailand
    with our Engineers Without Borders chapter…I’m going to try to link up with them…

    Hoping to get to Thailand after the semester in May….

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