On Saturday the 28th of July the Royal Thai Navy came together with the US Navy to the Child Protection and Development Center (CPDC) to volunteer for one day. The hard working men and women helped us tidying up the compound and adjusting land. Then again, certainly they did not miss the chance to get in contact with the children.
After their arrival early in the morning the 30 Navy members of the two countries were divided into two groups. While one group was adjusting the land inside our vegetable garden, the rest were helping us with a very remarkable task. Some weeks ago a heavy storm raged over Pattaya and did hard damage. At our center the storm blew one of our water tanks into the fish pond. No matter how hard our staff tried to get the tank back on shore, it was impossible as the tank was filled with water and very heavy. The fearless members of the Navy got into the water, twisted a rope around the tank, scooped the water out of it and pulled the tank out.
A recent storm blew the center’s water tank into their pond, which was impossible for them to get out.
After a refreshing shower, the diligent workers had fun playing running games with the children.
Then it was lunchtime and the US Navy, the Royal Thai Navy and our children were able to enjoy their meal together. Moreover, the Navies surprised the children with home made cookies. It was a great pleasure for everybody and we are already looking forward to the next meeting.
We would like to thank both teams for joining us this day and volunteering at our center, especially Peter Thorand, president of the Navy League Siam Council Thailand.
Thanks to the Thai and US navies, they were able to drain the tank and remove it from the pond.
One group of sailors worked hard to till the center’s garden.
After the hard work was done, it was playtime for sailors and children.
Chai yo! Everyone is happy!