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Fantastic, final, fun five days

What a fantastic, final, fun, five days volunteering at the Agape Home. On Friday, it was free time outside, with many wanting to play strategy games and building activities, the younger children playing with the farm animals or the train set. On Monday and Tuesday, it was board games
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Delights

The Agape Home supports HIV children who live with their family. This Project Lek helps families stay together. Five years ago, Mae Robyn and myself visited several of these children in their very basic home, perhaps with an Aunt and Uncle or just Grandma. I remember one girl who was
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Not a lot to balance on there

It was just a throw away comment my friend made as she left the rickety village toilet.  “Not much to balance on in there Dianne”.  She was right, it was a sort of tin and bamboo little lean to out the back of a concrete cottage.  The door didn’t shut so we had to hold it closed for e
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One on One!

It was a delight on a Saturday to spend ninety minutes with a child who was ‘attached’ to an oxygen tank. The child could not go outside, so for most of the time, we looked at every detail on every page in books. It was then cars and animals. This child comes and sits with
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Give-n-Receive

Songkran Songkran, the Water Festival, celebrates the Thai New Year. For three days here in Chiang Mai, water is thrown on people as they drive along roads and around the city moat. For 3 days, Mae Avis drove truckloads of Agape children around Chiang Mai.  Most of the children were s
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A Fruitful Week!

Our second week commenced as planned! Monday morning, 08.00 devotions with all the children, toddlers, staff and nannies holding babies, sitting on the floor. Most of this time is in the Thai language with some songs in English. Before rotational group activities from 09.00 to noon, I
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Sing it! “E-I-E-I-O…”

One of my favorite places on earth! After a warm welcome back from the children, staff and nannies, we had a great first week volunteering at Agape Home 2015, our 7th time here! I am very thankful to have been well prepared and flexible with activities for the school age children and
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#AGAPETODAY – 23April15 – 24 Hours of Fundraising

We are SO EXCITED!!! One month from today, on Thursday April 23rd, we will be launching what we hope to be an amazing event – a 24-Hour Fundraising Event using Social Media! YAYAYAY!!! We are calling it #AGAPETODAY. Agape Home will be sharing very very cool video’s, images, and
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For Such a Time

Well, here I am, five weeks in Chiang Mai. Time literally flies when you’re at Agape and living in this incredible community. So much is happening in the lives of all those around you – the kids finished school this week, some of the older young adults graduated, and for the toddlers,
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2015 The Vision Continues

Our beloved Avis recently shared reflections on 2014 and a look ahead to 2015 and beyond. See the Feb15 Newsletter. Please leave your sentiments below. Avis would LOVE to hear your thoughts. Ka! Are we on the right track? What else could we do? Do you like the vision? Why? Do you pray
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