Over the past few years Ellen and Sjaak have been escaping the European winters in Maastricht and flying to sunny Chiang Mai for a couple of months. They had previously sponsored a young boy, Sittichai, through the Rejoice Scholarship programme. This year they asked if it would be possible to travel with the Rejoice Outreach team and visit Sittichai so that they could give him a present for his 9th birthday which fell on 11th January 2016.
UNAIDS Statistics by Country
A major report on the sate of HIV throughout the world has been published by UNAIDS.
World Aids Day 2015
This year, for World Aids Day, the Rejoice Team visited Piang Luang. Piang Luang is a small border town in Wiang Haeng district with a population of about 17,000. We travelled three and a half hours to reach the healthcare workers, man and wife Samak, and Mam at their home in Wiang Haeng. There, the plans for the following day were made which included a few home-care visits and then a visit to Koung Jor Refugee Camp. Samak and Mam directed us to Chomview Resort on the route to Piang Luang where we spent the night.
The inset photo, above, is a selfie of Arm at sunrise the following morning.
Woranut has recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the Science and Technology Department at Chiang Mai Rajabat University.
Woranut’s University education has been sponsored by Carol Foo, a member of ‘Friends of Rejoice Singapore (FRS)’, for the past 3 years via The Rejoice Scholarship Programme.
Steve's Legacy to the Rural Poor
The 17th October 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of Derek Edward (Steve) Hallam's death.
Steve's last wish was for Rejoice to continue helping the rural poor of Chiang Mai province in a similar fashion. This has not been so easy without Steve's vast experience. However, with a seriously reduced staff but with the help of volunteers Rejoice endeavours to continue in the same manner as Steve would have liked.
Why is Rejoice different?
Charities often come in for criticism for the excessive proportion of donated funds that go to admin or to senior executives’ salaries or to further fund raising – some of which is conducted with a ruthlessness that has also attracted much adverse comment.
Rejoice is very different and donors can be totally confident that funds which they donate are all used to further the work done on the ground amongst impoverished HIV infected and affected people in northern Thailand.
Premedic students visit to Mae Ai
Six medical students from Bangkok Patana International School visited Mae Ai on a week's orientation course. They were accommodated at the Mae Kok River Village Resort in Thaton. The students were there to gain first hand experience of medical work in a rural environment.
The management of the resort had asked if Rejoice could introduce the group to the doctors and nurses at both Mae Ai Hospital and Chiang Dao Hospital.
Lisu Health Care
Nong Khaem is a remote Lisu hill tribe village. Together with the HIV volunteers from Chiang Dao hospital and local village volunteers an "Education and Prevention" event was held at Nong Kaem school.
Although everyone was welcome to attend, the main target of the meeting was to bring together as many youths as possible to teach on the risks of HIV, modes of transmission, safer sex techniques and reducing the stigma of the disease.
Wiang Haeng District
Wiang Haeng District is the latest district to benefit from visits by Rejoice. Wiang Haeng is a remote district bordering Myanmar. The district is subdivided into three sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 26 villages (muban).
The three sub-districts are: Mueang Haeng (pop. approx. 8,700); Piang Luang (pop. approx. 17,000); Saen Hai (pop. approx. 3,500).
Connie's Singapore Group
Connie Low and family together with a group of like minded mothers in Singapore make regular donations of clothing and school materials for the children affected by HIV. This summer Rejoice distributed the clothing to three districts within Chiang Mai province; Mae Ai, Sanpathong and Chiang Dao. The photos show the Rejoice Team, together with HIV volunteers from the district hospitals distributing the clothes to the children and their families.
SDL Language Services have been supporting Rejoice for over 5 years. Without the help and advice of Winston Wong, SDL‘s Thailand country manager, Rejoice probably would not exist to-day. SDL‘s support and encouragement following Steve Hallam‘s death was instrumental in the revival of Rejoice.
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