24.01.2015 - 24.01.2015 30 °C
A busy day in and around Chiang Mai, but the highlight was definitely the group visit to the Childrens Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA) just outside Chiang Mai. 27 girls (ages 7-17) from northern hill tribes who are at risk of sexual exploitation live here while they go to school and are helped to get their official Thai ID so they can have a safer, better life. Their families and communities support their involvement and they become role models for other girls when they return home. We had brought craft materials and they had a great time making decorative hairbands, bracelets etc. Lunch and singing together capped off a moving experience for us all. Check out http://cosasia.org/. Later we went through the Chiang Mai Cultural Centre, and then enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Ping River, but the girls and the efforts being made to stop sexual trafficking in Thailand by NGOs like COSA made the biggest impression on all of us.