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Welcome to One World Family
Our goal is to promote understanding in a fractured world and to enrich the lives of its citizens through the strengthening of cross-cultural ties. Since 2009 we have worked to provide access to education and basic health care for Burmese refugees and other marginalized people throughout Southeast Asia.
Update From Asia
Dear supporters and friends,
Greetings from India! Eva and I recently completed a productive and emotional trip to Northern Thailand on behalf of One World Family. This was the first trip to Thailand in four years where we weren't accompanied by our friend, translator, and operations coordinator Khun Noy who passed away this April due to an infection of the bloodstream. While his talent, knowledge, and sense of humor were missed greatly we nevertheless felt his spirit with us the whole time.
Thankfully we were blessed to be accompanied by several individuals who were able to help us with the duties normally carried out by the late Khun Noy. Our dear friend Suriya, who played an integral role in setting up our transportation program for hilltribe children six years ago, joined us again to act as our head translator. We were also joined by two new team members, Ms. Pat from Chiang Mai and Mr. Chai from Doi Saket, both of whom proved themselves very capable as translators and program leaders. All three of these individuals will continue working for One World Family on an ongoing basis, each helping oversee different aspects of our program.
As for the children, parents, teachers, and bus drivers that we visited, we received nothing but good news about our sponsorship programs.
Our longtime bus driver, Mr. Pi Phut, has been using the money we pay him to help support two other villages in addition to the two villages we originally assigned him to. Likewise, we gave a raise to our newest bus driver Mr. Somchai so that he can now transport another busload of children from a nearby village where the kids were often unable to get to school. In total, One World Family now helps over 100 children from high-poverty backgrounds to attend primary school every day.
What's more, our three high school scholars have all been getting highest compliments from their teachers and we're excited that our oldest student, Ma Tu Ros, will be taking her college entrance exam in October. If all goes well she will be the first student we sponsor to attend college starting next May, a remarkable feat considering she comes from a home with no electricity where she is the only person in her family who has even learned how to read or write.
Apart from these visits we were also able to spend a week in Yangon, Myanmar with the sole purpose of learning to prepare a variety of traditional Burmese dishes which we will be serving with , our popup restaurant in New Orleans which supports One World Family work. We are currently in India on a shopping trip for Tibetan House, the retail shop in New Orleans that Eva manages whose work supports Tibetans in exile. Doing this work is a true blessing to us.
I should also mention that, with the new students we've begun sponsoring as well as an increase in our operations staff in Thailand, plus the prospect of a college sponsorship program on the horizon, we will no doubt be seeing an increase to our operating budget. We cannot do this work without your help and we sincerely hope you consider donating to help our little non-profit as we continue to grow and help some of the world's most impoverished and vulnerable young citizens.
Deepest thanks and love,
Mark and Eva
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