Father Christmas among the Lahous

Enfants Des Minorités : Un Noël chez les Lahus This year, Enfants des Minorités organised a Christmas which brought together the children of three orphanages (Abu Ali, Baan Mana and The Home of Ethnic Students) and the children from a village situated in the province of Chiang rai in the North of Thailand: that is more than 400 children!

A day full of emotion, punctuated by games, events, joy, laughter and dazzling sights!

The day started first of all by the cleaning of the school where present-giving for the village children took place. Many were present, the villagers had prepared a musical show as well as a traditional dance to which the EDM team was invited. Our president offered the most beautiful of present by dancing with his gracefulness and his sense of rhythm. 

Then came the present distribution: satchels, books, blankets and warm clothing.

The end of the festivities took place at Abu Ali. The children had prepared decorations for the Christmas tree and a show. Dance, singing, theatre and Mrs Som, the head of Baan Mana had organised the games.

After a traditional Thai meal supplemented by exotic quiches, came the moment eagerly awaited: present giving moment! Two volunteers were charged with calling each child to him to give him his present. Our volunteer’s Breton Thai pronunciation produced some moments of doubt, some mistaken identities and many laughs!

The opening of the presents was an unforgettable moment; wrappings flying, shouting, cries of joy! The children had made a Christmas list; we did not know if we would be able to fully satisfy their requests but to see their upsurge of joy, told us that we had, in the end, succeeded!

This day could not have taken place without the support of our partners Secours Populaire and the Salsa Club Chiangmai, and that of our generous donors Laurent Rivaud and Alexandre Le Bars as well as the numerous contributors to the Leetchi kitty in December.

A big thank you to them and to all who were there!

 

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