US Navy volunteers at CPDC

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On Saturday the 26th of May about 20 members of the US Navy paid a visit to the Child Protection and Development Centre to help at the compound. Together with the children, work was not only effective but also more pleasurable and everybody had a great time.

After their arrival the team was split into two groups. One group worked adjusting the land so grass can be planted to make the surroundings greener and even more beautiful. The other group was busy with digging holes for concrete columns. Bamboo frames will be put between these concrete columns, so climbing plants can grow on them.

US Sailors prepare the grounds for concrete columns.US Sailors prepare the grounds for concrete columns.

While some of the children were helping the Navy the others collected rubbish on the land or distributed water for the hardworking sailors. When there was nothing more to work on, the team had some time to play with the children. The children enjoyed playing volleyball and basketball and the great fondness the Navy showed towards them.

Then it was lunchtime and once more everybody had the chance to enjoy the great Thai food cooked by Ead. However, the highlight was definitely the fresh chocolate chip cookies made by the children and served right away out of the oven. The team complimented them on how well behaved they are.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude towards the team for the great work they did at CPDC and for sharing their time with the children. Special thanks go to the chaplain, Donald Baker and to Peter Thorrand for organizing the event and for the constant support.

US Navy volunteers till the land so grass can be planted to make the surroundings greener.US Navy volunteers till the land so grass can be planted to make the surroundings greener.

Youngsters arrive with cold, refreshing water.Youngsters arrive with cold, refreshing water.

Kids will be kids.Kids will be kids.

Some of the children keep busy happily collecting rubbish on the land.Some of the children keep busy happily collecting rubbish on the land.

“Swish!” This young man shows some basketball talent.“Swish!” This young man shows some basketball talent.

“And I helped!”“And I helped!”

Chai yo!  Everyone is happy, although tinged with sadness that their new friends are about to depart.Chai yo!  Everyone is happy, although tinged with sadness that their new friends are about to depart.