182/365 - 27/3/2012
The left over sand from the floods four months ago is everywhere.
68/365 - 04/12/2011
A seven year old helps pack medical supplies for those still stranded by the floods here in Thailand.
On one of the volunteer group pages on Facebook a buddy asked if people were free to do some packing on Sunday. I signed up. It was a long, and very tiring, but fun day.
First job, we walked along the side and had our bags filled
Second job, pack the bags. Our area was tinned food
First to go in the bags are drinks, then the tinned food
Then some kind of flavoring… powder stuff
Then medical supplies
Then a smaller pack filled with toiletries go in the bags
Large bags of rice, although it didn’t go into the bags we were packing, they did go in the larger bags, that contained our packed bags and a few other supplies.
When packed, the bags are put down on the right of this picture. Here they are tied closed and stacked into a pile.
The bags are pilled up together, the colour of the bags are meaningless. But there are exactly a certain number of each colour and they are kept together to keep track of the numbers packed.
In these larger bags go the small packs, rice, water and a few other supplies.
Once we finished for the morning, we headed out to lunch. We had started working around 9am and lunch was at about midday. We spent thirty minutes or so eating and then came back to the volunteer area.
There were two places to go now, stay where we had been working in the morning. Here we would simply be forming lines and passing the bags into the trucks. We came here first, but there wasn’t really any need for us, the lines were as long as they needed to be. So we went to the other side of the building, into another football pitch just like this, where more packing was going on.
I just took the bags around to each station, instead of staying at one station packing peoples bags as them came over. The supplies that went in were exactly the same.
People in lines walking past the various packing stations
The final pile
We finished around 5pm and headed home. It was a tiring, but good day. I’m going to write a more encompassing post later (probably today - we’ll see) about the volunteering, experience, new friends and ideas for the future, as well as what’s going on out here now in terms of the flooding. I have had a few ideas kicking around in my head this last week or so that I want to just get out here.
But for now, hope you enjoyed this and make sure to check out today’s (well, yesterday’s but it’ll be up very soon) 365.
65/365 - 01/12/2011
Not my first choice for today, but the picture I wanted to go with just… didn’t work. I headed into school where they began the process of rebuilding the flood damaged music room. Here one of the teachers surveys the damage. Today we rebuilt the roof. Tomorrow we will move on to the structure of some of the walls. Big job.
After working at the school through the morning, I was invited to a funeral. There was just enough time for me to go home and change in more suitable clothes. So that was my day.
After talking this morning (before going into school) with Mai I’d pretty much decided to hang in my volunteering gloves and spend the few days before school opens relaxing. Then I agreed to… at this point four big volunteer projects… the rebuilding the music room (counted as 2, tomorrow and Saturday), volunteering through the night in a hospital (not a clue what doing…) and four of us on Sunday packing 30,000 survival bags that I’ve been told to ‘mentally prepare’ myself for.
So I’ll be starting school refreshed and eager!
60/365 - 26/11/2011
The flood waters finally begin receding in some places. Here in Saraburi the clean up has begun but in the rural areas the rice fields (all considerably lower then everywhere else) are still underwater. To get around still requires either walking through the floods or going by boat.
We delivered inflatable boats to various Wats around the district. All around this district the waters reached up to six feet. This Wat reopened today to begin the clean up, as did dozens all over the place.
But many parts of provinces like Ayutthaya and many suburbs of Bangkok are still underwater. Clean up is only beginning a few hundred miles north of the Capital as the waters travel southwards, through the city and it’s surrounding provinces.
The waters at this primary school in Saraburi have finally come down, volunteers from the local area have been helping clear it up during the day. We dropped off some five hundred bottles of water here
54/365 - 20/11/2011
Aaaaannnnnd relax! A lazy day spent mostly in bed. Headed out for dinner this evening and got this shot. The flood waters are maybe 300 meters up from here. There is a major intersection and just past that intersection is where the flooding is. All traffic is diverted to take a different route out of Nonthaburi and into Bangkok. If you take this middle road, you go up a bridge that skips over the intersection and comes down right into the flooding.
Here (as in right here where this photo is taken) a small camp is set up to help organise people and supplies into this flooded area. If a vehicle is driving in, there are always people wanting a lift in. Here the traffic wardens help organise a group of people trying to get back into the flooded regions with a truck that’s driving through.
New vlog, volunteering from last week (the walking through the floods post)
53/365 - 19/11/2011
Another day volunteering for me, gritted my teeth, risked it with the bug, got away with it and had a pretty good day. Here we have some volunteers from the village helping bring children to the edge of the floods, about a mile from the village, where a small camp with fresh food, water and even some nice, ice cold Thai cola was.
I don’t know the names of the places we went today, but between the first and second we were flagged down and the soldiers who accompanied us were called over.
There was a snake attacking a turtle. And it was a big snake.
The snake was put in a bag and loaded on the truck, as was the turtle (the turtle was just loaded into the truck). It spent the first hour hidden before slowly putting it’s head out every now and then and by the end of the evening it was running around the truck making some people jump.
New vlog! The flooding around Mochit BTS