Then we took Supisara to lunch, along with our World Vision friends. It was wonderfully delicious and it was great to be able to spend some time with the locals. Afterwards, we headed to the primary school that Supisara had just graduated from.
The primary school has about 100 children. Our visit caused quite a bit of commotion as we were the first foreigners to have visited the school. The children were very keen to try out their English speaking skills on us, so we visited each classroom to have a conversation with the pupils.
It turned into quite a comedy because as we left one classroom to go to the next, all the children dashed out of their room and into the next room we were visiting. They thought it was hilarious, we had lots of laughs and the teacher gave up trying to contain them!
We met Supisara’s mother, father and grandmother, and sat down to chat through our interpreters.
It was then that Supisara’s mum pulled out a little gold wrapped gift box and handed it to me. Inside was a beautiful gold framed photo of Supisara. I was so moved by this beautiful gesture. The photo occupies pride of place in my lounge room now.
All great days must come to an end and as we headed back to the hotel we reflected on what was one of the best days we have ever had.
It is truly a privilege to be able to support and help communities like the one in Lam Thap through World Vision.”