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May 20, 2005

Afghan Refugee Kids Help Young Tsunami Survivors

The International Rescue Committee has a story on Afghan kids helping out Indonesian tsunami survivors. Click here.

Posted by sedda at 09:13 PM

May 09, 2005

Related Photos

My old classmate at Mizzou, Kay Chin Tay, has some tsunami and Bangkok photos up on his site, eastpix.com. Interesting stuff.

Posted by sedda at 11:40 AM

May 08, 2005

Toto, I don't think we're in Thailand anymore

Saturday night, G. and I thought we'd catch a movie. We even had some free passes a neighbor gave us. We drove 20 minutes to the theatre at the Grove (a mall that is "Unique, Like You" — there is a whole essay in this, I think), and then drove all the way to the top of the 7-story parking structure, through zoo-ish honking shiny-car mall traffic. About 20 minutes later, passing every floor, a digital readout proclaiming the level of grimness on the parking spot situation: "Full" "Full" "Full" "3 spots" "Full" "1 spot," we left without ever stopping the car.

We just couldn't find a place to park.

So we went to rent a DVD back in our own neighborhood, and parking there was a problem, too. I thought G. might lose his zen completely. But he wangled a spot in a sort of non-parking zone that wasn't red, and we found a couple of things to rent (after flipping a 10-baht coin to finally decide).

Then ultimately we ended up watching a Harry Potter movie on tv, fast forwarding through commercials, thanks to TiVo.

TiVo, TV, movie theatres, parking problems....Not a typical Saturday in Khao Lak. But I guess not that surprising for LA.

Posted by sedda at 11:10 PM

May 06, 2005

Final Donation Tally

Here is a summary of how your donations have helped the people of Thailand. Thank you so much for your generosity!

$810.00 School tuition for 10 students in Kamala
$ 40.54 School uniform for a young Kamala student
$262.50 Support for monks at Kamala Temple
$ 54.05 Support for Tik's Place tsunami relief efforts
$ 50.00 Pakarang Boat Building project
$ 20.00 inexpensive suitcase for carrying donations, left with Tik
$200.00 Sikkha Asia Foundation, for purchase of books for Thai tsunami children. SAF is opening new libraries and circulates bookmobiles to areas where kids need books.
$ 11.00 Colored pencils for children
$ 2.00 Teaching materials for students of Kura Buri
1450.09 in donations and scrubbie purchases

I also was able to hand deliver nearly 200 stuffed animals, hundreds of pens+stickers, donated colored pencils and two Thailand flags to the students and teachers of Kamala. That's in addition to the t-shirts and shoes I carried that Shanti had gathered from corporate sponsors.

As you can see, a little goes a long way when people are in need. I encourage you to keep giving — if not to tsunami relief, then to other causes you believe in — because every little bit you do helps a whole lot.

Thanks, too, to the friends who supported me personally and helped get me to Thailand. Your support means a lot!

Posted by sedda at 03:50 PM

May 04, 2005

Khao Lak volunteer writes in April Adventure Mag

Reading some back issues that came in the mail while I was away. See April's Adventure magazine for Matthew Power's first person story about volunteering in Khao Lak, Wat Yan Yao and Ko Phi Phi.

He speaks with the Breish family as they searched for their 15-year-old daughter Kali. A heartbreaking story symbolic of the loss many families experienced, this family founded 4 Kali, a group dedicated to giving new life to the people of the Khao Lak area.

The 4 Kali offices are adjacent to those for Tsunami Volunteer, where I volunteered, at the Khao Lak nature resort.

Posted by sedda at 05:04 PM

May 03, 2005

More on being home

G. : What happened to the ginger cookies?

Bug: You mean the ones from last week? Those are loooong gone.

G. : (Pause) Oh.

G. : (Pause) I guess I'm not used to having you back yet.

Posted by sedda at 08:03 PM

May 01, 2005

Related relief work

If you have an interest in similar relief work for non-tsunami areas of need in the world, please check out my friend Don's trip to Romania to deliver a much-needed echodoppler to surgeons operating on children's hearts. The echodoppler shows live photos of a beating heart.

He'll be posting daily about the trip, with great photos and stories. They are looking for donations, as well. Check out Flight for Life and Gift of Life — a 501(c)3.

Posted by sedda at 08:07 AM


I'm still working on sorting through 40 rolls of film. I had them all burned to CD, mostly in Thailand, and got lucky — though it was a rocky road, only three rolls on the same disc are completely broken and need to be rescanned. So that will be an extra $30 in expenses, but since they happen to be the rolls of donating all the stuffed animals to the kids in Kamala, I really have to get cracking on it.

Teachers from Fairfax and Brea high schools (my pals Susan and Jack) have asked me to give presentations, so I have a serious editing task ahead of me. The current edit is wandering and creates about a 4-hour show. But my friends and family indulged me last night, staying late and seeing about half the images. I hope to get it squared away this week.

Posted by sedda at 08:03 AM