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TGS tackles three service projects with the Palong hill tribe

TGS SPENT A WEEKEND up in the mountains of rural northern Thailand, assisting a hill tribe village in creating a space for their young children attending school. We were tasked with 3 projects on the school property during our 2.5 day stay.

Project #1: Fish Pond/Cement Slab

Students worked together to dig a large enough hole to create a fish pond that will help to promote sustainability within the community, as they usually go to the river daily to fish. A pond will allow them to maintain the fish longer and help teach the children responsibility. The dirt was repurposed to make the ground level with the outside of the building where we laid cement.

Project #2: Bamboo Fence

Another group lugged over large bundles of bamboo and spread out along a barbed wire fence. The bamboo has been cut into thin lengths and pieces were woven in and out of the barbed wire to create a fence that was more pleasing to the eye – not to mention a little safer. As TGS took to making the fence, local children came out and started helping by handing bamboo to us, some weaving pieces themselves.

Project #3: Boys and Girls Bathroom

The new toilets for the school already had the wood beams erected. Students got to work mixing cement and laying bricks to create walls around the space and close it in. There were numerous local people helping keep the brickwork level and in line, while giving tips about how to mix cement and the right amount to lay out to keep the bricks together. Groups switched from task to task every hour or so, and there were plenty of breaks for shade, snacks, and water.

Photography by Joann McPike and Lindsay Clark

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