Shireen from the UK came to volunteer with us early this year at our Training Center in Nongkhai, Thailand, and immediately became another popular volunteer!
She worked with our trainees, helped them improve their English, encouraging them with her constant smile.
She also helped us together with other volunteers to arrange an extra camp, for a group of young Laos who in their turn want to volunteer and help their friends in Laos! That is what we like: local people helping local people! Shireen is a globetrotter, so we are happy she got a chance to trot over to visit a village we support in Laos, again together with a group of volunteers and our people. Our trainee Jai comes from that village and his cousin Khan is a teacher there, regularly visiting us to improve his English. Watch Shireen’s video
The story does not end there. Globetrotter as she is, she traveled on, to Myanmar, India, and while in Turkey, she arranged a pop up dinner, fundraising for our campers as you can see here.
What a great initiative. THANK YOU SHIREEN!
Following are Shireen’s impressions of the pop up dinner
First of all, I want to say a huge ‘ Thank You’ to Hurcan and her team, here at the Rebel Bar, for the delicious meal.
You will all have found out by now what a ‘POP UP DINNER’ is! Hurcan and I met by chance at a hair dresser’s salon a few weeks ago, and she talked to me about Pop Up Dinners. On my part, I told her about Openmind Projects, a non- profit NGO that is dear to my heart, and as some of you will know, I did voluntary work as a teacher there, earlier this year.
Openmind Projects is based in Thailand, and is active in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Nepal. Many poor young people in South East Asia have very limited access to education. They may end up working as farm hands, small subsistence farmers, or worse. Many young boys and girls end up in low paid, risky jobs in factories, or fishing fleets where they are treated as slaves, or dangerous construction jobs, or in the entertainment business, where ‘trafficking ‘ is a real threat, especially for migrant children. Openmind Projects help many such young persons to take control of their lives, their future, and their environment. With the help of international volunteers, their vision is to gradually train local people to help local people. Openmind Projects organise Learning Camps for village children, and Evening Classes for older people, including farmers, Buddhist Monks, and migrants from Laos, Cambodia, and the Myanmar / Thai border.
Tonight I want to thank YOU for your support and generosity. Many things have been achieved this evening. I think we’ve all had a fun evening, eating and chatting to friends, Rebel Bar hopefully have sold lots of drinks, Hurcan hopefully will do many more Pop Up Dinners, and Openmind Projects will receive a donation of about £200 to help them in their work.
The pic above means .... ‘a small purse holding about £200 ...the proceeds of the Pop Up Dinner, held in Kas, Turkey, to be donated to OMP Thailand’.
The pic above shows the setting of the Pop Up Dinner in Kas, as the evening started. 40 guests participated in this Fund Raising event, and enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal prepared by creative chef, Hurcan Sütlü.
This was the Flyer that Shireen and Hurcan placed on notice boards in different places in Kas town, to advertise the Pop Up Dinner.