Visiting disabled persons in Mae Kae

On Tuesday, we have made a trip with Don Willcox and his wife Piranan to Mae Kae where were visited seven disabled persons who might need our help.

On site, we met with Worachai Intakaew who works for Mae Kae’s Community Development Centre which is a governmental structure. According to Don, it is difficult, if not impossible, to work in remote districts without informing and/or working with the local authorities. Don has good experiences working with Worachai and told us he is one of the most trustworthy men he knew.

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When we arrived in Mae Kae, we were surprised to learn that not only Worachai coming with us, but ten of his colleagues were joining to visit the disabled persons. Don explained that this is the way it is in Thailand and that there is no way of preventing the whole community department of joining the trip.

It is good that people get involved and want to help disabled persons, but we had the impression that certain of the government workers care more about taking group pictures than the person in need. We felt a little uncomfortable, invading a person’s house with a group of 15 people.

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Don explained that this is the way things happen in Thailand. We feel that we must accept the Thai way, even if we are not used to such proceedings.

We have to say that Worachai made a very good impression and we are sure that his intentions are good. He is one of the guys who really wants to help. Don took a lot of time to talk to the people we have visited; joking and making them laugh – it was very nice to see.

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We are currently discussing with Worachai how we can help Ms Jun Pirakaew. She is one of the disabled persons we have met Her situation has concerned particularly us. She is a 60 years old lady who is unable to walk after a stroke eight years ago. She and her husband are very poor and life in a small and badly equipped house.

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Despite our partly uneasy feeling during our visit in Mae Kae (due the present crowd of government officials) we want to support Ms Jun Pirakaew, because she really is in need. You will soon hear more about Ms Jun Pirakaew on our website.

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Lisa writes the articles for the blog. She is also responsible of the communication with other organisations, donors and people interested in Omakua’s work. Send her an email: lisa@omakua.org

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