On the Burmese/Thai border, we partnered with a group of Burmese refugees, working with a local school finding itself without funding or help from the Governmental system. With 22 kids sleeping on the dirt floor, we build them a dormitory, refurbished their kindergarten and installed a playground on their land. Then 11 days backpacking across the mountains and jungles of Northern Thailand!
Meeting in Bangkok and overlanding to Battambang, Cambodia to meet our partner community. A former monk had been disillusioned with the difficulties of breaking the poverty cycle in poorer areas of Cambodia, he decided to set up his own school with his own limited funds, in order to ensure the kids of his community would be equipped with an English level, and education level, allowing them to attend University.
As an extracurricular school, the younger children weren’t overly keen on the idea of MORE school, so we built them a playground, spruced up their existing buildings and made the whole area a much more appealing destination. The kids couldn’t hold back their joy! From there we were off to Angkor Wat, on to paradise islands in Thailand and soon back to Bangkok for the big goodbye.
Our maiden project, in conjunction with a grassroots NGO based in Dakar, Senegal. From donating rice to a woman who lost her children in the European migrant crisis, to sporting goods for a local sports team, to our main efforts of building 50 market stalls for mother’s selling their local wares, allowing them to escape the indignity of sitting on the floor whilst wealthier market trader stand beside them.
We over-landed all across both Senegal and the Gambia, getting a true taste of the real West Africa. Safaris, boat trips, border hops. The GBGA was off to a great start!