Update for the Mae Tao Clinic

By Jerry Nelson

Mae Tao Clinic International Awareness Tours

Background: I was the Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) Project Champion for the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) for the past six years. Recently, I joined The Rotary Club of District 5950 Ending Human Trafficking (RCD5950EHT) and CMIRC decided to change their relationship with Mae Tao Clinic. They will no longer organize tours.

Present Time: As a Mae Tao Clinic Volunteer, I am organizing future tours. They will be known as Mae Tao Clinic International Awareness Tours. The current concept is:

  1. Tour dates will be established in conjunction with the MTC and their Child Development Center (CDC) staff.

  2. Announcements will be written and distributed to several organizations for broadcast. (The list of organizations is evolving and will continue to do so).

  3. Typical tour time will be two days travel and two or three nights in Mae Sot (depending on interest and availability).

  4. Typical tour will include Mae Tao Clinic, Child Development Center (pictured right) and various NGOs/CBOs.

  5. Tour size is restricted to 5 people, but that will change to 10 to 15 post COVID-19.

  6. Transportation to and from Mae Sot will be the responsibility of the individuals going on tour.

  7. If the numbers warrant, a van will be arranged from Chiang Mai and return.

  8. Lodging will be arranged at a reduced rate at the Centara and at PP Residence.

  9. Each person going on tour will be asked to sign an agreement regarding conduct and dress code.

  10. Each tour member will be responsible for his/her own expenses and will be asked to donate a minimum of 1,000 THB to the MTC. Unless they specify differently, the money will be earmarked for the Child Protection Department/Child Development Center.

Going Forward: We anticipate the next tour will be in September 2020. We anticipate future tours will happen 3 to 6 times a year.

Mae Tao Clinic – Potential Opportunities to Help

When entering the Mae Tao Clinic website, the first thing I notice are the words “Without Your Help, We Can’t Help”. So how can you help?

  • Come on a tour and see for yourself the challenges and then pick a place to help! Next tour is tentatively scheduled for September. Please see the Announcement for Visitors

  • Know a young Doctor who is looking for the adventure of his/her life? Refer them to Mae Tao Clinic; we are looking for a clinical consultant!

  • There are ongoing conversations about a project to prevent children from being victims of human trafficking. Please contact me.

  • There are ongoing conversations about setting up a scholarship fund for children who are graduates of the Mae Tao Clinic Child Development Center. Please contact me.·jnelson.ragas@gmail.com 

  • Donations are always welcome and can be tax-deductible.

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