Fellow Rotarian Nick and I were able to make one visit to the Burma Children Medical Fund's B.K. Kee Patient House during the month of April. Our team of enthusiastic students from the Interact Club of Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) were noticeably absent but that was due to the fact that they are on a well-deserved holiday break. Nick and I (below) were pleasantly surprised to be given hand-sewed bags from Mi Aye, with our two organizations beautifully added to the front of the bags.
While we were there, we did some review of the vocabulary we (along with the students from CMIS) have been working on with the patients and caregivers. Using a favorite game of theirs, bingo, we gave every patient and caregiver a photo of an animal. Nick and I took turns calling out the name of an animal and the patients/caregivers had to recall if they had that specific animal. Then they would take a turn calling out a bingo number. We played two games, one using animals and one using letters of the alphabet. We had prizes to award as usual for the participants. In addition, we handed out supplies and treats as is our usual custom.
Sadly, not too long after that visit, the cases of Covid-19 here in Chiang Mai began rising dramatically and we were informed that it would be best for everyone’s health and welfare to stop in-person visits for a time. We are still staying in touch with the house and dropping off basic supplies and treats for the patients and caregivers and will continue doing that until circumstances change and we are given permission to resume normal visits. We are also staying in touch with Mai, the president of CMIS Interact club and keeping her informed of the situation.
Ending on a more positive note, Mai indicated in the past week that a colleague of hers recalled that one of the patients had an interest in learning how to play the guitar. The colleague has graciously agreed to donate a guitar and is working with Klao in order to make arrangements to drop it off. This is coincidentally, the same patient who we had planned to honor with a birthday party for on our second scheduled visit for the month which we had to cancel. Yet one more example of the wonderful things that happen as a result of our partnering with the Interact club of CMIS.