April is a not only a special month in Thailand. In the Northern Hemisphere people are happily meeting Spring, flowers and sun. The Southern Hemisphere is moving into cooler weather, quite the opposite to Thailand! April in Thailand is the hottest month of the year!
April is not only the hottest month of the year but also the month of the Thai, actually, Buddhist New Year, celebrated in Laos, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia and other Buddhist countries.
The New Year in Thailand is called Songkhran, consisting of three days! The first day is the last day of the old year, followed by a day in between and the third day is the first day of the New Year. A day in between two years!
Songkhran is the time to meet the family and to have fun, “len nam” (play water). Any traveler who has spent the Thai New Year in Thailand knows what we are talking about!
April is also school holidays when some 30 enthusiastic village children in the Northeast, Isaan, one of the poorest regions of Thailand, will join one of Openmind Projects annual learning camps. Inspired by learning about the world online, they debate hot issues while improving their English and IT skills!
Openmind Projects has a ambition to introduce 21st Century learning and skills amongst the left behind. Equal learning opportunities for all, for girls and boys, is our mission.
In this issue, you can learn more about our Camps and what we do to help impoverished children.
Remember, you can help us! Join a camp or support one! We are looking for sponsors, donations, to reach out to more marginalized children in Southeast Asia!
Contact us if you want to help or if you want to know about our upcoming and amazing October Mountain Camps for migrants and refugees on the Thai Myanmar border! Tell your friends! Read our Camp Booklet!
Happy New Year!
Gaweechat Joompaula and Sven Mauleon