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Krabi Love & Jazz from 28th Febuary to 2nd March
At Black Crab Sculpture, Krabi, 5 – 11pm
This 3-night festive musical event presents the ideal jazz music event of the year!
With 20 bands and artists playing Jazz, Bossa Nova, Pop and more, cool artists like Jennifer Kim, Joom Nareekrajang, Charas Fuang-arrom, Tuuth Nantida, Pop Pongkool and Aof Pongsak, and delicious food from high class restaurant and professional chefs. Also featuring at the event is an art exhibition.
It is time to help stop dehumanization and ethnic cleansing in our neighbor! Human Rights issues have become the world’s most important concern in the modern world. However, recently our neighbors have just been abused by the government just because they believe in different religions. The Rohingya people might be the most unfortunate group of Ethnics in Southeast Asia. Two years ago, the 2012 Rakhine riots killed 88 – 57 Muslims and 32 Buddhists. In October 2012, Muslims in Rakhine were targeted. The immediate cause of the conflict was unclear, though it was said that the rape and murder of a Rakhine woman was the main cause. After that the Burmese government responded by imposing curfews and deploying troops in the state. It is estimated that 90,000 people were displaced and about 2600 housed were burned. A little while back there was evidence found that Burmese government has had policy to discriminate Muslim Rohingya limiting them from movement and expanding their families. It is reported that the government treats these people not as citizens but migrants. The UN described that this group of people are one of the most persecuted minorities in the whole world. All their movements are restricted by the Buddhist government. They can’t travel from town to town without asking permission from the Burmese authority. They can’t have more than two children per family. Moreover, they have to have a paper acquiring the marriage. One report about the harsh on these people, the Burmese officer forced a woman to breastfeed a child in order to prove it’s her child. According to the BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Rangoon reports, the restrictions have issued by the local government (Buddhist dominated) in Rakhine state. These policies or restrictions ...
On Friday 21st, Projects Abroad volunteers went to Baan Khao Thong school to campaign Shark Awareness and plant mongrove with the children. There were 120 school kids joined us. We showed them the facts about shark and explain them that not all kinds of sharks are dangerous. Most importantly sharks play the very imporatnt role in balancing the ecology system underwater.
After we showed the kids the important role of shark, we played games with them and we also planted mangrove with them at the beach near the school. We planted 300 mangroves. This is to help increasing fish's nursery. Mangroves help filtering pollutants and also absord excess nutrients and trap sediments to increase water quality.
Projects Abroad Conservation Volunteers went to Ao Nam Mao to clean up the beach. Today we found 500 kilos of trash on the beachside.
The most common trash we found are plastic and cigarette buds.
We, after spenind all morning collecting trash, we found 500 kilos trash on the beachside. What we found're mainly plastic bags, snak wraps along with bottles and a lot of cigarrette buds. We also found truck tires, shaped wood and old nets that the fishermen left on the beach after fishing.
Let's hope that our work will insprire people not to throw away their trash on the beachside or wherever that's not in a trash can. Trash that are on the beach not only affects the beach but also sea animals living underwater. Once these trash are being thrown into the sea, turtles or fish might think that they are food, once they consume it, it will block their stomach and then they die. If they are all dying, human will no longer have food supply and that is the end of the world. Lets hope that everyone out there hear and see what we are doing and help us keep the beach and every where clean.
Teaching has been a lot of fun for me. It took a little getting used to but I’ve enjoyed it a lot. At first I didn’t even know how to teach and I went in for my first day with no idea what to do with the kids, how to keep them interested, or what the kids knew. Over the past month I think that I’ve gotten a lot better at teaching. At about the second week of teaching it started to feel right. Unfortunately, we missed a lot of days in January with holidays and the protests. I’m now comfortable teaching even though I’d never taught anyone who didn’t speak English, anyone but classmates or family, and never more than a handful of people. When I started I was completely out of my comfort zone, kids who didn’t speak much English and about 20-50 in every class. Over the past month my whiteboard handwriting has gotten so much better. It’s been a struggle because of how bad my handwriting is in general but it has been good to learn.
When teaching, especially with the younger classes, it’s good to be able to be louder than the kids you’re teaching. With P2 that can be difficult, they can get a bit excited and when 7-8 year olds get excited they tend to get loud they’re pretty good about being quiet again when I ask them to though so it’s not that big a deal. They do get tired rather quickly though so it’s generally not a good idea to try and teach them for the whole hour class time, games or drawing are good for when they lose focus. P6 is the second hardest class to teach, they’re 11-12 and they know more English than I expect every time I try to teach something new. When I tried to teach them months, I wrote them all up and I said January and they started rattling off all the months so we ...